- Difficulty: very easy
- Preparation time: about 45 seconds.
- Cost: € on €€€€
- Pleasure: infinite, and without compromise!
Alcohol-free Mai-Tai with the good taste of rum.
- 1 half lime squeezed,
- 1 cl of orgeat syrup,
- 6cl of Sober-Rum,
Have a Short Drink or whiskey glass also known as Old Fashioned.
Pour half a squeezed lime directly into the glass, cut the half lemon into quarters after squeezing and put the pieces into the Short Drink glass.
Then add 1 cl of orgeat syrup, fill your glass with ice and add 6 cl of Sober-Rum 0,0%.
Mix well at the bottom and garnish with a lemon peel, a toasted almond (whole or slivered) or an edible flower.
1. Create a fiery surprise with the lemon peel.
Take a lemon peel (preferably yellow), which you have just cut up. In one hand, hold the peel between your index finger and thumb and take a lighter in the other hand. Simultaneously, squeeze the bark between your fingers to release the essential oil towards the lit lighter and the glass. Sparks of burning lemon essential oil will flavor the cocktail and create a surprise effect.
2. Why squeeze the lemon instead of pounding it?
Squeezing the lemon allows you to recover only the good juice of the lemon. Pounding reveals the bitter lemon peel and essential lemon oil. To balance the flavors it is better to squeeze than to squeeze.
History of Mai Tai
Born from the inventiveness of Victor J. Bergeron in 1944 in his restaurant-bar Trader Vic's in Oakland during the visit of Tahitian friends, the Maï-Taï is today a great classic of any good cocktail bar.
During the service of this cocktail created especially for friends from Tahiti, one of them, Carrie Guilde, shouted after tasting it "maita'i roa ae" which means "Very good" in Tahitian. This cry of joy directly gave the name of this cocktail.
It was not until a little over 10 years later that the Mai-Tai became very popular and a must when Elvis Presley made it his signature cocktail in the movie Blue Hawaii between 1950 and 1960.