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#361 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 08:24 PM

More and more I am drawn to the white mai tai.  Leslie can stop reading now. Tonight I used a full two ounces of lime juice...juice of one lime, as called out by Vic.  This is so perfect I am contemplating another (why waste mint?):

 

1 1/2 oz La Favorite Blanc

1 1/2 oz W&N

1/2 oz Cointreau

1/2 oz orgeat

2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (juice of one lime)



#362 Craig E

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 05:14 AM

What big limes you have!
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#363 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 07:47 PM

Limes are still ten for $1.99.  Well more than two ounces of juice tonight, even after I spilled some.  It was time to think outside the bottle:

 

1 1/2 oz Neisson L'esprit

1 1/2 oz W&N

1 oz La Favorite Blanc

3/4 oz Cointreau

3/4 oz orgeat

juice of one lime

 

 

I'm not used to relegating La Favorite to a mere modifier, but if it works for the likes of Death&Co I figured it was worth a shot.  (Sarcasm possibly intended.)  Besides, for some reason, I keep running out of La Favorite.

 

I was afraid that with the extra orgeat and Cointreau the drink might be too sweet, but it is nicely balanced.  Compared to my usual white mai tai the nose is more of butyl rubber -- in that wonderful Martinique rhum way.  The only down side is that the subtile W&N dunder is a little lost.

 

Now, to pull down the Bastille.



#364 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 10:15 PM

For science I had to repeat this recipe.  Very satisfied.  Not sure what to say except this is not a wimpy drink.


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#365 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 11:17 PM

Edit:  since I can't edit -- and now I have the hiccups.  This is horrible.



#366 Hassouni

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 11:48 PM

Nearly 5 oz of full-strength or overproof booze in one pop will do that


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#367 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 12:53 AM

Nearly 5 oz of full-strength or overproof booze in one pop will do that

 

Indeed.

 

 

Edit:  though only the Cointreau is full strength.

 

Edit 2:  feste's orgeat has very little brandy.


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#368 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 11:14 AM

A Mai Tai with a 50:50 mix of Lost Spirits Polynesian-style rum and Clement VSOP, Pierre Ferrand Dry curaçao, homemade coconut orgeat. A little more reasonable than the 100% Polynesian version.

 

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Then a winter take on the Mai Tai with Highland Park 12 as the base spirit, Pierre Ferrand Dry curaçao, homemade coconut orgeat. When I make it again I will skip the simple syrup and go all orgeat on that one (the coconut orgeat is lighter than almond orgeat). There is an interesting affinity between scotch and coconut...

 

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#369 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 06:53 PM

Tonight I decided to take my mai tai back closer to its roots:

 

1 1/2 oz Neisson Reserve Speciale

1 1/2 oz S&C

1/2 oz Grand Marnier

1/2 oz orgeat

juice of one half lime (exactly 1 oz)

 

 

Nothing really, really wrong with this.  Though I was surprised the buttery smooth Neisson was so dominant.  If I had to find one fault I'd say the drink, as built, was too polite.  The solution was a solid pour of my new bottle of Lost Spirits.  (No, I didn't measure...and I don't have to.)

 

In my opinion a non-white mai tai demands a backbone of Guyana style rum.  It's not the same without it.  Een so, the simple white mai tai remains for me the apotheosis of the drink.



#370 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 10:22 PM

Some nights ago I killed off the last bottle of Cointreau, so another non-white mai tai:

 

1 oz Neisson Reserve Speciale

1 oz S&C

1 oz Lost Spirits Navy Style (Pusser's would have served OK)

1/2 oz Grand Marnier

1/2 oz orgeat

1 oz lime (generous)

 

 

Very well balanced combination.



#371 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 10:45 AM

Mai Tai with Denizen Merchant's Reserve, Clement Select Barrel, homemade coconut orgeat, Clement Creole Shrubb, lime juice, and a float of Lost Spirits Polynesian-style rum.

 

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That was pretty amazing. The Denizen was designed for Mai Tais and it certainly delivers. The Clement Select Barrel is just meh for me on its own (too smooth for agricole) but it works great here adding deep oak notes. And the Polynesian-style rum adds tropical notes with crazy esters.

 

3/4 oz Denizen Merchant's Reserve
3/4 oz Clement Select Barrel

1 oz lime juice
1/2 oz coconut orgeat
1/2 oz Clement creole shrubb
1/2 oz Lost Spirits Polynesian-style rum (float)

 


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#372 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 01:53 PM

Thanks for the Denizen information.  I have never seen Denizen for sale, but if I should find a bottle I would like to try it.