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Of Lemonade and Mai Thai

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent part of the weekend with my best friend Laurie to take the sting off Leigh leaving, where we made a fantastic beans and rice dish. But food wasn’t the only order of the day. Oh no. You see, they had a plethora of lemons and limes so we made lemonade and some Mai Thais.

Please look at the glass on the right: it took all my self control to not steal it. Soooo pretty. I also want to steal their house – its a beautiful 1920’s house, but I think they’d notice.
The lemonade was tart as, Laurie, Jeremy and I all prefer tart to sweet. We made it with more lemon juice and less sugar. The Mai Thais are an unusual drink for me, simply because I generally just drink whiskey on the rocks.
Yes, I drink whiskey on the rocks.
It causes issues for Leigh when he orders a vodka and tonic and I get whiskey. Snarky comments are exchanged and the bartenders become uncomfortable.
Anyway, back to the story. So we made the Mia Thais – Jeremy is definitely my favorite bartender, I just tell him I want something and he always surprises me with something delicious. Just to show my naivety I though Mia Thais were slushy drinks, but perhaps I’m wrong.  Either way, these Mia Thais were absolutely delicious, sweet without being cloyingly sweet. The pretty glass was just the proverbial icing on the proverbial cake.
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (We used a combo of normal lemons and Meyer Lemons)
1/2 cup sugar
5 cups water
1. Squeeze lemons, it took us  a good half dozen lemons to get to 2 cups.
2. In the container that you’re going to keep the lemonade in, mix the sugar and 1cup HOT water to melt the sugar. Add in the last 4 cups of cold water stir, then add the lemon juice and stir. There ya go! Lemonade! Yummy!
*If you’re not into tart lemonade add an extra 1/2 cup of sugar :).
Mai Thai
From Jeremy 
 1oz gold rum
.5oz very dark rum (like Goslings Black Seal)
.5oz Lemon Hart 
151 proof demerara* rum (rum from Guyana – Demerara Distillers/Pusser’s) 
3/4oz orgeat syrup (almond syrup, yes, I had to look it up)
1/2oz orange curacao
1oz lime juice
dash grenadine. 
Shake over ice and strain into a double old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with of of the hulls of the limes that you squeezed for the juice. 
*Fun fact for the day: Demerara is the county that my grandfather (mother’s father) grew up in, in Guyana…when it was British Guiana.

5 comments to Of Lemonade and Mai Thai

  • Molly

    "I also want to steal their house – its a beautiful 1920's house, but I think they'd notice." – Heheh. Quite likely, but I'd still be very amused to watch you try.

    I am *still* drooling over that Mai Tai. I must have it for my ownnnn.

  • Megan Wolf

    HA. "It causes issues for Leigh when he orders a vodka tonic and I order whiskey." um. THIS is why you are ridiculously awesome. making your man feel like less of a man = priceless. teach me your ways. Also, I want to steal that glass as well. Lets formulate a plan.

  • Rene

    Molly – you can't have it. I've already digested it.

    Megs – Go to bar. Order Jack on the rocks. Drink it without gagging. Make Logan feel less like a man :P. Hi Logan!

  • Molly

    Rene – well then, get in the kitchen (barefoot) and make me a new one! Woman! :P

  • Jessamy

    Oh I'll have to try these. I drink scotch neat, so yay whiskey loving girls. Oh and I want to steal their house too.

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