Saturday, June 8, 2013

Fred’s Sherry Mai Tai

This is a great wine cocktail remix by the incomparable Frederic Yarm of Cocktail Virgin Slut. The recipe follows the basic Trader Vic template, changing the Jamaica and Martinique rums for two styles of sherry. These wines as well as the classic Mai Tai are house favorites here so of course I jumped when I saw this item on Fred’s blog. Rich and flavorful, the crushed ice held onto the sherry flavor to the last.

tropical drink

Sherry Mai Tai
  • 1 1/2 oz amontillado
  • 1/2 oz Pedro Ximenez (subbed East India Solera)
  • 1/2 oz curaçao
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat
Shake with ice and strain into a double old fashioned full of crushed ice. Mint garnish. (Used a cherry.)

Sorry to be all out of mint last night when making these but the sweet almond aroma of the (naturally) candied cherry worked well enough with the other nutty flavors in the drink.


  1. Nice! Wait until you see the Sherry Jungle Bird that I was served at Drink that came out of a conversation with bartender Will Thompson about the Sherry Mai Tai. Should be written about in the next few days.

  2. Awesome—just talking about the Jungle Bird too. Looking forward to the sherry one.


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