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MxMo LXIV(Tiki) — A funny thing happened …

… on the way to the most recent MxMo.  As we have noted in recent update posts, the juggernaut that is theSpeakista ran off the technology track.  Computer(s) … shot.  Archived files, pictures, and future posts … toast.  Our will to press on and tackle the hurdles of modern day drink writing … alive and well!

As has been evident lately we have turned our gaze full force to the glory that is a properly made, boozy stirred drink.  So much effort has been given to this near obsession of ours that in our last board meeting, we almost voted to change the name of our site to” Boozy, Stirred and Happy.”  Our friend Doug, at his great Pegu Blog site opted for Tiki as his theme in said recent MxMo and as we had planned a post for this theme pre-technology crash we opted to present it here, now that we are semi up-and-running.  Plus, this theme seemed like a great one to release us all from the doldrums that come from winter’s embrace.  How then does a newly minted member of the “Stirred, stirred, and stirring” drink club participate in a MxMo theme requiring citrus juice, a shaker and even, God forbid, the potential for a blender.  Oh my …

Simple actually, we take a not-so-creative spin on the class Mai Tai and turn it into a stirred affair.  Two issues popped up almost immediately – first, how to turn a classic shaken drink into a stirred offering and still be true to the original and second, how does one handle “cloudy” ingredients without shaking the hell out of them?  The classic Mai Tai is my hands down favorite tiki drink and so it served as our inspiration.  There is zero creativity in our effort … we kept the basic shell of the recipe, made a few subtle and not-so subtle tweaks and out popped our Shell Games.  Thus, we were left with one ingredient that needed letting go; fresh lime juice was replaced with a syrup equivalent, our newly made and extremely flavorful lime cordial (from the book Speakeasy).

The final product offered below we think is a suitable go at creating a tiki-based drink in a stirred format.  You may find that you’ll have to play around with the amount of the lime cordial (depending upon the recipe) used, as our version is pretty potent flavor-wise in small doses. That being said, we kinda like this … let us know what you think?

Shell Games
Recipe created by theSpeakista with inspiration taken from the classic Mai Tai.

•    1 1/2 oz Neisson Rhum Agricole Eleve Sous Bois
•    1 oz Old Grand Dad 114 bourbon
•    1/2 oz Clement Creole Shrubb
•    1/4 oz orgeat
•    1/4 oz demerara sugar syrup  
•    1 bar-spoon lime cordial (homemade version adapted from the book, Speakeasy)
Garnish: orange twist
Glass: rocks glass
Tools: mixing glass, bar-spoon and julep strainer

Assembly: Add all of the ingredients to the mixing glass and stir with plenty of cracked ice until very cold (i.e. stir the drink for a minute or two adding in additional ice as needed).  Strain the mixture into the serving glass containing a large ice rock, garnish and serve up.  

Note: buy the book for the exact lime cordial recipe.

There you have it … our goal at paying homage to this classic drink in a stirred format.

We press on with our efforts at Negroni bliss.

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