Sunset Mai Tai
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Sunset Mai Tai
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The Sunset Mai Tai is a tropical and visually striking cocktail that draws inspiration from the classic Mai Tai while incorporating a vibrant twist that evokes the colors of a ... more The Sunset Mai Tai is a tropical and visually striking cocktail that draws inspiration from the classic Mai Tai while incorporating a vibrant twist that evokes the colors of a sunset. Its flavor profile is a complex mix of tart lime juice, sweet and citrusy Triple Sec, and the contrasting notes of white and dark rum. This variation of the Mai Tai is further enriched by the addition of velvet falernum, which brings in a hint of spice and almond complexity with its clove and lime undertones, and orgeat syrup, which provides a sweet, nutty layer to the drink. Touched with a hint of grenadine for a pop of color and a dash of Angostura bitters for depth, the Sunset Mai Tai is a unique and flavorful take on the iconic tropical cocktail. It is served in a cocktail glass, offering both a feast for the eyes and a delightful sip that echoes the essence of a serene, colorful evening.
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White rum
Garnish
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Mint
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22.22% | 3 units *

Method
How to make a Sunset Mai Tai

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Line the bottom of a cocktail glass with grenadine and bitters and fill it with crushed ice
Add the other ingredients to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice, shake well and carefully strain into the glass
Garnish with mint and enjoy the sunset-inspired finish

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Bitters  ·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly shake the Sunset Mai Tai to achieve the best texture and blend of flavors?

To properly shake a Sunset Mai Tai, fill a shaker with all the liquid ingredients including lime juice, triple sec, white rum, dark rum, grenadine, angostura bitters, velvet falernum, and orgeat syrup. Add ice to the shaker until it is about halfway full. Secure the top and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This method helps to thoroughly chill the cocktail and mix the ingredients well, creating a smooth texture and well-blended flavors.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different syrup instead of orgeat in a Sunset Mai Tai?

Yes, if orgeat syrup is not available, you can substitute it with almond syrup as a close alternative. Although orgeat has a distinctive flavor due to the addition of orange flower water and sometimes rose water, almond syrup will still provide a similar nutty sweetness. Keep in mind that the overall taste of the cocktail may slightly change.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some garnishing ideas to enhance the presentation of a Sunset Mai Tai?

To enhance the presentation of a Sunset Mai Tai, consider adding a lime wheel, a sprig of mint, or a cherry on top for a pop of color and added aroma. You could also add an orange slice or a pineapple wedge for a tropical touch. These garnishes not only make the cocktail more visually appealing but also add a hint of fresh flavor.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What type of glass is ideal for serving a Sunset Mai Tai, and are there any alternatives?

A cocktail glass is ideal for serving a Sunset Mai Tai as it showcases the color and presentation of the drink beautifully. However, if a cocktail glass is not available, a highball glass or a tiki mug can be great alternatives that still maintain the cocktail's exotic and tropical vibe.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Sunset Mai Tai compare to that of a classic Mai Tai?

The Sunset Mai Tai has an alcohol content of 22.22%, which can vary slightly depending on the specific measurements and brands of alcohol used. A classic Mai Tai typically has an alcohol content around 20-30%, depending on the recipe. Thus, the Sunset Mai Tai falls within the lower to mid-range of alcohol content for a Mai Tai cocktail, making it slightly less potent than some of the more traditional versions.

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