New series! I needed something to replace my books and booze series, and problem solved!Pairing classic cocktails with outfits, Cocktails & Clothes just seemed like the obvious answer. Since I haven’t left my house in what feels like 45 years, pouring a classic cocktail and playing dress up once a week sounds like fun. And what better to pair with the cutest yellow striped bikini from Solid & Stripe and some cat-eye shades from TOMS, but a Mai Tai?
The Mai Tai was originally created by Victor Bergeron at Trader Vic’s in Oakland, CA. Like a lot of Tiki drinks the original specs for the Mai Tai is a bit of a mystery and has subsequently been recreated and modified many times over the years. While some versions of the Mai Tai involve adding fruit juices, but I prefer the paired down version that is rumored to be closest to the original.
Mai Tai (modified from thespruceeats.com)
1 oz. Koloa Kauai White Hawaiian Rum
1 oz. Myer’s Rum Original Dark
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
0.5 oz. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
0.5 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
.25 oz. (scant) Agave nectar
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake until chilled. Pour, including ice, into a low ball glass. Garnish with a halved lime shell.