The Tai Fighter

Thanks to the new cycle of movies, Christmas is the time of year when I get obsessed with Star Wars for about a month. I got Zelda a Porg chew toy for a present. I’ve got a new Porg t-shirt on the way. But even with my liking for the cuddly and curmudgeonly porgs, the Dark Side always exerts a strong pull on my soul.

Enter the Tai Fighter. I finally bought a bottle of pimento (allspice) dram and wanted to use it. First, I tried it in a traditional vehicle, but since it was a new drink recipe I didn’t really get the individual character of the dram. Not that it wasn’t a powerful addition, but there were other flavors going on also. This was pre-notetaking so I don’t remember what the drink was.  So, to get a better feel of the taste profile, I just added a bit to the basic Mai Tai recipe in place of the simple syrup.

I will give you a heads up about Allspice dram, like the spice, it is a potent flavor. I usually ignore 1/4 oz measurements and make them 1/2 oz, but this is an ingredient that I will start off with the recommended dosage and try more if it is not enough. After all, you can always have another drink!

The Tai Fighter

Tai Fighter

  • 1 oz Appleton Rare Blend
  • 1 oz Smith & Cross
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat syrup
  • 1/4 oz Allspice Dram ( 1/4 oz, I mean it )
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Pierre Ferrand Curaçao

Shake with crushed ice and strain into your favorite tikiware filled with crushed ice.

The tikiware in the picture is from the Horror in Clay 5th anniversary party at the Highlander. While the Highlander is not a tiki bar, I highly recommend a visit when you are in Atlanta. You can find the Horror in Clay products here.

Garnish with spent lime shell and mint.

I’m know my mint looks pretty sad. I made a pitcher of Mai Tais to take to a board gaming party the day before and took all my mint with it. I found this after scrambling around in the fridge for a few minutes. I felt bad spanking it.

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