Taking inspiration from the Cocktail Soundtrack, our first drink of 80s month is the Wild Again Cocktail… From looking down the list of songs there are some great names here for drinks! Thanks to Jefferson Starship for such a great inspiration.

In the spirit of 80s drinking, we’re making something brash and bold in flavour, and probably setting it on fire. I’m thinking Tiki is a good way to go here. Let’s get Wild Again.

Wild Again Cocktail
Tom Cruise Tiki

The Mai Tai is a super classic cocktail which has more recipe variations than most others, and we’re going to use the original 1944 recipe as our starting point. The below recipe is from Distiller.com

Classic 1944 Mai Tai Recipe

  • 1oz (30ml) Lime Juice
  • ½oz (15ml) Orange Curacao
  • ¼oz (7.5ml) Orgeat Syrup
  • ¼oz (7.5ml) 1:1 Simple Syrup
  • 1oz (30ml) Aged Jamaican Rum
  • 1oz (30ml) Aged Martinique Agricole Rum

The original is an incredible drink. No pineapple juice, or grenadine syrup in sight. I think it would be pretty great with tequila though, or even Mezcal in place of the rums. So, lets make it happen.

The Wild Again Cocktail

  • 1oz (30ml) Lime Juice
  • ½oz (15ml) Orange Curacao
  • ¼oz (7.5ml) Orgeat Syrup
  • ¼oz (7.5ml) 1:1 Simple Syrup
  • 1¼oz (30ml) AquaRiva Reposado Tequila
  • ¾oz (30ml) Burrito Fiestero Mezcal

We have 4oz of liquid here before we shake with ice, which will probably bring us to around 5½-6oz in total, depending on the quality of the ice, length of shake etc. A double old fashioned glass should be just right, at around 12oz in volume.

Why these spirits?

I’m a big fan of Agave spirits, and love the story behind both of these. Burrito Fiestero translates as Little Party Donkey, which should be enough reason for anyone! It’s also 100% sustainably made from wild Agave (which ties in brilliantly with the name!) and for every Agave they harvest, they plant 10 more.

AquaRiva just absolutely destroyed the competition in a blind tequila tasting at the Vanguard. It came top of the pack of 16 tequilas on taste, beating spirits that cost 5 times as much.

I adjusted the balance between the last two ingredients just a little as the Mezcal can overwhelm other flavours, so just dialing this back a touch and bringing out the Tequila worked a little better.

So what do you think? While Daiquiris, Margaritas, Old Fashioneds and the like get a lot of variation cocktails made around them, I can’t think of any based on the Mai Tai – but if you know one, just let me know!

Featured Photo used under Creative Commons, Will Shelton, CC BY-SA 3.0

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