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Rio Mai Tai

Rio Mai Tai

The Rio Mai Tai is an original creation of mine, which gives the traditional 1944 mai tai a Brazilian twist by substituting Avua Amburana cachaça for the usual blend of Jamaican and Martinique rums. I also made a cashew fruit (caju) syrup to use in place of the orgeat.

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Cachaça gives this drink an earthier and vegetal flavor. Since the cachaça I used was aged in Brazilian Amburana wood, the spirit picks up almost a cinnamon like flavor from the barrel.

Type of Glassware

Mai Tai or Double Old Fashioned Glass

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. / 60 ml Avua Amburana Cachaça
  • .75 oz. / 22 ml Lime/Limon Juice
  • .5 oz. / 15 ml Cashew fruit (caju) syrup (instead of the typical orgeat syrup)
  • .5 oz. / 15 ml Orange Liqueur

Instructions

Step 1: Make the Cashew fruit (caju) syrup by combining a cup of cashew/caju concentrate to a cup and a half of sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool.
Step 2: Combine the cachaca, lime/limon juice, cashew syrup and orange liqueur in a shaker tin, and whip shake with pebble ice.
Step 3: Dirty pour over fresh pebble ice into a mai tai or double old fashioned glass.
Step 4: Garnish with a spent lime shell, upside down, with a few cashews inside.

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Rio Mai Tai

Rio Mai Tai

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Polynesian
Keyword: Avua Amburana Cachaça, Limon Juice, Mai Tai, Orange Liqueur
Servings: 1
Escape to tropical bliss with the Rio Mai Tai, a vibrant cocktail that captures the essence of Rio with its rich flavors and refreshing zest.

Equipment

  • Mai Tai or Double Old Fashioned Glass

Instructions

  • Step 1: Make the Cashew fruit (caju) syrup by combining a cup of cashew/caju concentrate to a cup and a half of sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool.
  • Step 2: Combine the cachaca, lime/limon juice, cashew syrup and orange liqueur in a shaker tin, and whip shake with pebble ice.
  • Step 3: Dirty pour over fresh pebble ice into a mai tai or double old fashioned glass.
  • Step 4: Garnish with a spent lime shell, upside down, with a few cashews inside.
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Bonnie Mellott

Written by Bonnie Mellott

I am a home bartender and brand ambassador who loves to make classic cocktails as well as experiment with new and off-the-wall ideas.

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