Raise a glass to the unsung heroes of the Imperial Forces, the TIE Fighter Pilots, with this interesting twist on the strong and classic Mai Tai cocktail.
The Mai Tai is a polynesian style drink revived during the Tiki Bar craze of the 50s and 60s. As a more potent than average alcoholic beverage, it is strongly advised you don’t drink one and then hop into your TIE Fighter. You may become the TIE Fighter Pilot whose poor flying skills let the rebel scum blow up the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope.
You’ll know you made your Mai Tai properly when the almond syrup and lime in the resulting cocktail are in perfect balance so that neither ingredient is easily dominant or even recognizable. I recommend making half a recipe because the full size drink contains a whopping four ounces of alcohol! Drink just one and you won’t be going anywhere.
Recipe: The Mai TIE
(Try 1/2 a recipe first in a smaller glass; this is a potent cocktail!)
2 oz. Dark Rum
2 oz. Cachaca (Brazilian Sugar Cane Rum)
3/4 oz. Orgeat Syrup* (almond syrup)
1 freshly squeezed lime
Directions: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well. Strain into cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with Pineapple and maraschino cherry TIE Fighter.
Love, The Nerdista
Personal PPS, my Flying Black Stormtroopers represent! Huzzah!
*Although orgeat syrup can be found in some well stocked liquor stores (The Nerdista found one by a brand of syrups named Torani) it can also be made at home. Orgeat syrup recipes are often complicated and time consuming but The Nerdista developed this simplified recipe that imparts all the same flavor but with half the steps and a fraction of the time.
Recipe: Easy Orgeat Syrup
6 oz blanched almonds (chopped, slivered, mashed, or sliced)
8 oz water
1 cup white sugar
1 oz Vodka
1/8 tsp Rose Flower Water (can substitute Orange Water)
Place the almonds and water into a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Let the liquid become cool enough to handle. Pour liquid into a blender and blend on high for a few seconds; this will more fully incorporate the almonds into the fluid without additional boiling and straining steps. Using cheesecloth, strain the almond pulp out of the fluid and add the remaining milky colored fluid to the saucepan with the sugar. Allow to boil gently, stirring occasionally until the liquid gets *slightly* thicker in consistency. You now have an almond flavored simple syrup. Allow syrup to cool to room temperature then add 1 oz vodka and 1/8 tsp rose water. With the rose water, you want to err on the side of less. If you prefer, orange water can be substituted for the rose water.
Your homemade orgeat syrup should be bottled in a glass container and kept refrigerated. The syrup will be an emulsion that will separate into sugar water and almond water after sitting. This is normal. Simply shake the emulsion together before use.