Working man’s Mai Tai

This is not the “ultimate” Mai Tai, an endlessly elusive target the pursuit of which can be complex and expensive — though always fun. But this is fast, easy and cheap, kind of how I like my [content edited]. Anyway, enjoy!

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Working man's Mai Tai Yum
There is no garnish talk in this recipe. If you are familiar with Mai Tai's you know most have a hunk of pineapple and various other goodies on a pick. I once told a bartender I wanted a "stealth Mai Tai" and he asked "what's that?". I replied "A regular Mai Tai with too much rum and no garnish".

Having said that I do admit to being addicted to a Meyers rum floater. And I love the look of a small amount of grenadine syrup coursing languidly downwards through the drink if added just before serving. But that show is short, and at the end the syrup pools at the bottom, providing a sometimes cloyingly sweet finale to an otherwise nicely balanced experience. I normally skip it. Sure is purdy tho!
Servings
variable batch
Ingredients
  • 2 parts sweet & Sour mix -- whatever brand floats your boat.
  • 2 parts Pineapple juice -- Of course juice made fresh from pineapples is spectacular, but the 6oz Dole cans are a nice repeatable size for getting your freak on. And a convenient measuring device for the other "parts"
  • 1 parts amaretto -- Cheap probably works... but Di Saronno is not that horribly expensive.
  • 1 parts Triple Sec -- or Curacao
  • 1 OPTIONAL dash Grenadine syrup -- added to glass after pour but JUST BEFORE serving.
  • Floater Meyers rum -- about a Tbsp per glass, added just before serving.
Servings
variable batch
Ingredients
  • 2 parts sweet & Sour mix -- whatever brand floats your boat.
  • 2 parts Pineapple juice -- Of course juice made fresh from pineapples is spectacular, but the 6oz Dole cans are a nice repeatable size for getting your freak on. And a convenient measuring device for the other "parts"
  • 1 parts amaretto -- Cheap probably works... but Di Saronno is not that horribly expensive.
  • 1 parts Triple Sec -- or Curacao
  • 1 OPTIONAL dash Grenadine syrup -- added to glass after pour but JUST BEFORE serving.
  • Floater Meyers rum -- about a Tbsp per glass, added just before serving.
Recipe Notes

If "1 part" = 6 fluid ounces -- by amazing coincidence the exact size individual serving dole pineapple juice cans come in -- then 2 cans of juice (each of which offer a convenient measuring device for the other "parts") would leave around a quart for the refrigerator after pouring two nice servings.  Enough for a couple of Mai Tai fans to enjoy some nice evening!

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