If I want my insides to burn and brine as they float through a vermouth and pimento slurry, I’ll order a classic cocktail. The classic cocktail always sounds like a good idea, but often, it leaves me disappointed or it just tastes like medicine to me. For this reason, over the years, I’ve settled for beer or wine. Nate, on the other hand, is an adventurous soul who doesn’t mind a good, stiff drink every once in a while. In fact, if we go out for drinks, I have fun guessing what he’ll order. Will it be the Blue Hawaiian or the Sidecar?
“Take a sip of the Sidecar. It has a fresh, lemon taste,” Nate once told me. So, I put down my Miller High Life and took a sip. I soon discovered that the Sidecar did indeed pull off a very sour lemon flavor, but there was an unmistakable Sucrets throat lozenge aftertaste I couldn’t swallow.
However, he once ordered a “Dark and Stormy” and I was pretty impressed when I tasted it. That drink, which consists of rum and ginger beer is spicy, sweet, and refreshing. The problem is, I can never seem to get the name right, so I end up going into bars with Nate and saying things that are beyond his control, such as, “Hey, Nate—what’s the name of that drink I like again? Yeah—now I remember: I’ll have a Stormy Daniels!”
To save me from myself, Nate has introduced me to his version of the mai tai, which sounds nothing like “Stormy Daniels,” and it doesn’t taste like medicine. I can safely order it when we go out, or stay in. Leave it to Nate to take such good care of me.
Nate’s Mai Tai Recipe:
1 ½ ounces of golden rum
1 ½ ounces of Triple Sec
½ ounce of lime juice
2 ounces of pineapple/mango juice
1 tsp. of grenadine
Ice for a shaker and for a glass
Place the ice into a shaker. Pour all of the ingredients listed above into the shaker. Shake well and strain the mixture into a glass with ice. Top the drink off with grenadine.
Your Turn: What’s your favorite cocktail or “mocktail” (non-alcoholic mixed drink)?