COMICS & COCKTAILS
It’s been a while since I’ve written a “Comics & Cocktails” post, but I was reading Marvel’s new Doctor Strange book the other night and came across this:
Don’t get between Stephen Strange and his drink!
In this first issue of Marvel’s new solo series, Dr. Strange meets a group of fellow Mystics at a secret New York bar for magicians.
In the panel preceding this one, Strange gets hassled about his bill, but not the “bill” as in his bar tab. He gets hassled about the bill due for all the magic he uses — or, put another way, the cost of his sorcery and what it means to the world.
But Strange is all like: “Chill, dude… My drink ain’t even ready yet.”
I’d have to go back and re-read the issue, but I thought Chondu was at the table with Strange — but maybe he’s the bartender? Either way, Strange just wants his Mai Tai.
THE MAI TAI
The Mai Tai is one of those drinks that people know about, but don’t really know what’s in it.
People know it’s name and order it because they’ve heard it said in movies and on television. Nothing’s wrong with any of this, of course, I just usually feel bad when someone orders the drink at the bar where I work — because it’s not a drink we offer (or even have the ingredients to make). And thankfully, everyone who has ever tried ordering the drink from me has never seemed to mind the fact that I couldn’t make it for them… Because they didn’t know what was in it themselves and only wanted to order if because the name stuck with them.
All that said, if you see a Mai Tai on a cocktail list somewhere — give it a shot!
ABOUT THIS DRINK
The Mai Tai was created by either Trader Vic or Don the Beachcomber, and the recipe from each of those tiki heavyweights differs slightly.
The following recipe comes from Imbibe Magazine:
- 1 oz. amber Martinique rum
- 1 oz. aged Jamaican rum
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz. orange curaçao
- 1/4 oz. orgeat
- 1/4 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
- Garnish: mint sprig
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add crushed ice. Shake for 10 seconds and pour, unstrained into a glass. Garnish.
Adapted from Jeff Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log, 1998