August 2010

Sazerac Rye

Sazerac Rye is produced in two forms; the more generic but still not easy to find six year variety (the age is not listed on the bottle, but common repute is that's it's aged for six years) and a much rarer 18 year old Rye whiskey. Both are 90 proof, and traditional American Rye whiskey.


The Mai-Tai was supposedly invented in 1944, at the Trader Vic's restaurant in Oakland, California, for friends who were visiting from Tahiti. Maita'i is the Tahitian word for "good," said to be the verdict of the visitors upon tasting the new cocktail. An alternate origin story attributes the invention to Don the Beachcomber, of the Beachcomber bar in Hollywood, in 1945. The garden variety Mai-Tai is made with rum, orange-flavored Curaçao liqueur, and lime juice, and garnished with a piece of fresh pineapple, and a maraschino cherry. But with the rise of Tiki bars, and tourist travel to Fiji, Tahiti, and Hawai'i, the Mai-Tai has become the archetypal Tiki drink, without or without an umbrella.