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Mai Tai Marvelous

Got to love the Mai Tai.

Sure, summer is perfect for this rum fruit libation mainstay. But really, anytime is a good time for a Mai Tai either when you are in Hawaii, the Caribbean, or Asia or if you are stuck in the cold winter and you need a taste of the tropics.

And we have found a number of great Mai Tais that have led to the Undercover Jetsetter Mai Tai.

Here is the recipe:

1 oz. Gold Rum

1 oz. Spiced Rum

1 oz. Dark Rum

½ oz. Amaretto

½ oz. Triple Sec

Squeeze of Lime

A combo of Pineapple, Mango, Orange, and Guava juices. Even cranberry juice can work.

Mix together. Pour over ice. Then add dark rum float.

We learned the dark rum float from a great place, Tahiti Nui, which is still there on the Garden Island.

Another Mai Tai inspiration is in Maui at the Sheraton Maui. We were so blown away by this classic Mai Tai, we started shooting a video.

Get yourself to that tiki bar and tell them we sent you because it is not on the menu.

Interesting how Mai Tai recipes vary. At the Sheraton Maui, this classic has no Amaretto, but lemon juice and Orange Curacao.

Next you need to go to Oahu on the North Shore to what we call the Cheers of Hawaii -- Haleiwa Joe's. This could be the best Mai Tai in Honolulu. And this is where the locals go. Plus there is food and good sports bar.

Another great spot on Oahu, near Honolulu is La Mariana. This is a classic boat club that began in the 1940s thanks to a divorce from an unknown Hollywood star. That mystery is as good as La Mariana's mai tais, there other drinks, and their food.

Yes, we know this is exhaustive research on our part. The least you can do is give us your mai tai recipe.


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