Blue Hawaii & Mai Tai
To celebrate “The End of An Era”, welcome to a series of drinks from the television show Mad Men. Each week I’ll be featuring different cocktails from the show, so we can all drink along with our favourite Madison Avenue Ad-men and women.
By now, y’all should know that my love for Mad Men is deeeeep. It’s a meticulously filmed show with fabulous fashion, the story has me in the grip, and the cocktails are beauuuuutiful!
Don’t you just love Megan’s hat? Beach hat perfection!
In the opening scenes of S6E1, Don and Megan are in Hawaii. (I want to be in Hawaii RIGHT NOW!) As Don reads an incredibly ominous passage from Dante’s Inferno, Megan’s second (third, fourth?) Blue Hawaii is delivered by one of the Hotel Staff. It’s almost like Don and Megan are in totally opposite worlds in these scenes. She, lost in her tan and tropical cocktails, Don in a brooding haze.
If I had to choose between those two temperments, I would totally be #TeamMegan in this scene. Give me the next Blue Hawaii!
When it comes to making classic Tropical and Tiki drinks, I like to be accurate! I use the Beachbum Berry Total Tiki app to look up recipes and then make them as closely to the original as possible. Blue Hawaii was created in 1957 by Harry K Yee of the Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki to promote Bols Blue Curaçao. Personally, I like to use “The Genuine” Senior Curaçao cause this shit is tastyyyyyy.
- 3/4 oz White Rum
- 3/4 oz Vodka*
- 1/2 oz Blue Curaçao
- 1 oz Sweet & Sour Mix**
- 3 oz Pineapple Juice
- Garnish: Not specified but usually Pineapple & Maraschino Cherry
Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a glass filled with Cracked, Crushed or Pebble ice. Garnish with fruit.
*I’m a Gin Gal and ususally swap the Vodka for Gin. Ginny, Gin, Gin. This drink is even tastier with Gin. (shocking!)
**Sweet & Sour Mix is 1 part Simple Syrup and 2 Parts Lemon Juice. Make your own, never ever buy it pre-made. Freshness is key.
RIP Rachel Menken, you were such a serious lady.
Now let’s go back to the beginning. Yes y’all, there is a Tiki drink all the way back in S1E1!
Don has made a mess of things with Rachel Menken and is asked by the partners to patch things up. They go for drinks that same evening. Don orders a Whiskey Neat while Rachel orders a “special Mai Tai” and what a Mai Tai at that! Look at that Pineapple “Firebird” garnish! It’s totally fabulous! Someday I will achieve such garnish greatness. However, I’ve noticed that the Mad Men props people forgot one key element to a Mai Tai garnish, the Mint sprig.
If it be a Mai Tai, there shall be a Mint Sprig in the garnish!
Once again, I’ve referenced the Beachbum Berry Total Tiki app for this Mai Tai. The original Mai Tai was created by Trader Vic in 1944 for his famous Trader Vic’s restaurant in Oakland, California. According to legend, Trader Vic created the drink for some friends of his who had just flown in from Tahiti. One of the friends tasted the drink and exclaimed: “Maita’i roa ae!” or “Out of this world!”
Mai Tai (Trader Vic’s Original Recipe)
- 1 oz Jamaican Rum
- 1 oz Aged Martinique Rhum
- 1/2 oz Curaçao
- 1/4 oz Orgeat
- 1/4 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- Garnish: Mint Sprig
Now, I’ve had to make some substitutions because I don’t have clear Curaçao or Martinique Rhum. I also would rather have a bit more Orgeat in my drink than add 1/4 oz Simple Syrup.
Mai Tai (this is what Home Bar Girl has in her apartment Recipe)
- 1 oz Smith & Cross Navy Strength Jamaica Rum
- 1 oz Denizen Aged White Rum
- 1/2 oz Cointreau Triple Sec
- 1/2 oz Orgeat
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- Garnish: Mint Sprig, Pineapple, Maraschino Cherry
Shake ingredients over ice and strain into Double Rocks glass on Cracked, Crushed or Pebble ice. Garnish with Mint Sprig, Pineapple and Maraschino Cherry.
As far as the Mai Tai goes, there are a million variations so, have fun! I just recommend that you start with two kinds of Rum, some kind of Curaçao or Triple Sec, Orgeat, Lime Juice and a Mint sprig. Once you’ve got a feel for how these things taste together, get creative!
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed these Tiki drinks from the Mad Men series. I’ll be doing this until the bitter end. See you next week!