Dr. Sammy’s Slammin’ South Shore Kauai Tai: Food & Drink Week
Those who know me will attest to my taste for fine single malt and American microbrews. But my little secret is now out. I’m also a rum-whore. Always have been. And I’m a stone cold sucker for a good rum punch, little umbrella and all. Especially in the summer. Or Hawaii.
So with summer nearly upon us, I thought a fitting subject for Food & Drink Week would be my favorite rum punch recipe.
When I was in Kauai a few years ago I fell in love with their take on the classic Mai Tai – they call their top shelf version the Tai Chi. I loved Kauai, and ever since that trip I’ve found that when I think back on it, I always have a Mai Tai in my hand. Often it’s the Tai Chi at Brennecke’s Beach Broiler on Poipu.
I used to be a bartender (I have a PhD in Mixological Studies!) but had forgotten the recipe. So I did some research, some experimenting, plus a wee bit of innovating, and finally arrived at my own bitchin’ Mai Tai recipe. You are encouraged to try it out at your leisure.
- 1 part gold rum (I’m a fan of Montego Bay)
- 1 part dark rum (and here you should use the best dark you can lay your hands on – don’t scrimp on this ingredient)
- 1 part Cointreau (or Grand Marnier; you can also use Triple Sec if you’re on a budget)
- ½ part Crème de Cassis
- 2 parts fresh pineapple juice (emphasis on fresh – avoid the processed stuff like Dole at all costs)
- ½ part lime juice
- ¼ part almond syrup
- ¼ part grenadine
Mix everything except Creme de Cassis in a shaker. Then shake (duh). Pour over cracked or shaved ice (ideally the ice is in a glass by this point; if not, clean up mess and start over). Use a bar spoon to float Creme du Cassis over top.
Garnish with slices of orange, pineapple, lime, or whatever other fruits are handy and appropriate. And a paper umbrella. Twisty straws can be fun, but Doc Sammy tends to go strawless. Your call.
Well, that explains why you took so easily to Hurricanes at Pat O’Brien’s in NOLA.
You have no proof of that. And the photos were doctored.