Got to try another one of the new cocktails at Trader Vic’s this past Sunday. The Drunken Monkey features Blanco Tequila, Cachaca, along with citrus, banana, and almond. The whipped banana topping is delightful.
I really liked this. Very easy to drink and well balanced so that the tequila does not overpower.
Long Island Iced Tea 1 oz Lemon Juice 1 oz Simple Syrup ½ oz Vodka ½ oz Gin ½ oz Tequila ½ oz Rum ½ oz Triple Sec Build in tall glass with ice, top with cola. Lightly stir.
I was never a Long Island Iced Tea guy back during the years when most people have these. Wasn’t really much of anything but a beer guy, actually. But this wasn’t too bad. The tequila was the spirit that pushed through more than the others, which was fine I guess but I would have preferred the gin or rum.
Mrs Mai Tai and I traveled Route 66 from Oklahoma City to Albuquerque (see: @kevincrossman for photos) and landed just before dinner. We are staying at the @elvadoabq Hotel, a historic Route 66 property recent restored.
We walked over to Old Town but it is hot here. Thankfully we found the Church Street Cafe Mexican restaurant and stopped to cool off.
The Pacifico was great but the Sangria Margarita (frozen!!) was truly amazing. Mrs Mai Tai is already sick of me singing the praises of this amazing cocktail. So tasty and the mix of Sangria and traditional lime Margarita is truly transcendent.
I was challenged by @alxfritch to make a Three Dots with Tequila replacing the rums. It is pretty good but we still prefer the version with rum. Not a bad choice if you’re looking for something beyond the usual Margarita cocktail using Tequila.
I’m always up for the experiment.
Three Dots and a Dash by Don the Beachcomber ½ oz Lime Juice ½ oz Orange Juice ½ oz Honey Syrup ¼ oz Falernum ¼ oz Pimento Dram 1½ oz Aged Martinique Rhum ½ oz Demerara Rum 1 dash Angostura Bitters 6 oz Crushed Ice Flash blend and garnish with three cherries (three dots) and a pineapple (and a dash)
With Trad’r Sam open again in San Francisco, we traveled up to check out their offerings. I was assured they’d be open on Saturday between 2:00-3:00 but at 3:30 there was nobody there and no sign of activity. Mrs. Mai Tai was not happy. I get that this is a family-run business and that Saturday night is the priority, not Saturday afternoon. Well, tikiphiles, I tried.
So, we headed down the Peninsula to our favorite Mexican restaurant, La Fiesta in Mountain View. This place is a few blocks off downtown but is totally worth seeking out. They’ve converted half their parking lot into outdoor seating and the tables are spaced out really well. We love the Grandma’s Special sauce that is added to various menu items. It is unbelievably good.
For our Margaritas, Julie had the Margarita Rosalina (the Grandma in “Grandma’s Special”) with reposado tequila, cranberry juice, lime, triple sec, and sweet and sour. I had the Veracruz with silver tequila, blue curaçao, triple sec, lime, and sweet and sour. Both were excellent.
We we got home I made a couple more blue margaritas.
Ultimate Blue Margarita ¾ oz Lime Juice ¾ oz Blue Curacao ¼ oz Blood Orange Cordial 1½ oz el Jimador Blanco Tequila Shake with ice and serve over cubed ice.