Celebrate National Rum Day With Mai Tai, The Classic Rum Cocktail
Is combining dark rum with warm water or cola the only way you know of having rum?
Well, people staying in the northern side of India desperately wait for the winter season only to welcome and embrace the most beautiful drink, that is dark rum.
Remember, the smoke rising from the meat on skewers entering your living room and giving you a taste of the cooked flesh that you are about to pair with rum?
Unfortunately, you haven’t been having rum in the classic way if you’ve been having it with cola or warm water all this while.
Well, it’s National Rum day and we want you to know the classic way of having rum. Have you heard of “Mai Tai” before?
What is “Mai Tai”?
It’s a Tahitian word which means good. Mai Tai is a classic cocktail which has rum as the primary alcohol by volume. The invention of the cocktail has a very interesting story running in the backdrop.
It goes back to the year 1944, when a trader named, Victor J. Bergeron, during one afternoon hosted some friends visiting from Tahiti at his restaurant, Trader Vic’s, in California.
Victor J. Bergeron in 1934
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He pulled down a bottle of 17-year-old Jamaican Rum from the bar and prepared a cocktail drink. He handed it to a friend who immediately exclaimed, “It’s Mai Tai Roa Ae!” (Tahitian for “Out of this world – the best!”), and hence the first Mai Tai was born.
Trader Vic’s restaurant and lounge is not only well known in the cocktail world for the origin of Mai Tai but the restaurant’s Polynesian cuisine has also earned it a place among San Francisco’s best restaurants. The chain has restaurants in Tokyo, UK, UAE, USA, Saudi Arabia and Bangkok.
Trader Vic’s, London
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Though another restaurateur, Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, claimed to have invented the cocktail in the year 1933 at his restaurant “Don the Beachcomber”.
He was the inventor of the tiki themed bar, a restaurant with thatched roofs, flaming torches, brightly colored fabrics and rattan furniture that became a rage during 1940’s and 50’s. Gantt devised an exotic menu of rum-based drinks since he sampled a variety of rum in his travels.
What’s the Best Mai Tai Recipe?
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In the 2016 Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai UK cocktail competition, bars from across the country were invited to submit an original twist on the Mai Tai cocktail, using two of the Chairman’s Reserve rum expressions.
After a two month promotion of the Mai Tai cocktail of the shortlisted bars through social media activity, four most successful bars came together in London for the finals.
Amongst all, Alvino was crowned as the winner with the best the Mai Tai recipe. So, if you want to try the Mai Tai cocktail on the National Rum Day, then have a look at the recipe below:
Alvino’s Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai
40 ml Chairman’s Reserve Rum
15 ml Triple Sec (a variety of Carcao liqueur an orange-flavored liqueur made from the dried peels of bitter and sweet orange)
25 ml Lime Juice
10 ml Orgeat (a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water)
10 ml Gomme (Gum syrup used as a drink sweetener
10ml Chairman’s Reserve Spiced rum
Shake all the ingredients, apart from the Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum, over ice and strain into an ice filled rock glass
Pour the Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum on top of the serve and let it float
Garnish with a sprig of mint, grapefruit and lemon slice
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