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Mai Tai Review: The Stir Crazy Mai Tai

Stir Crazy Mai TaiAloha,

Last night we tried Stir Crazy for the first time. Since they had a Mai Tai on the menu I had to give it a try.  I was a little hesitant after the Red Robin Mai Tai to try another chain restaurant mai tai, but I owe it to you, my loyal readers, to review mai tais. I don't want you to suffer through a mediocre chain restaurant mai tai.  

The menu described the mai tai as, "our signature blend of three Cruzan Rums (Estate Dark, Black Strap, and Coconut) and fresh tropical juices."  I was excited to see that they use Cruzan rum!  Who knows what was in the Red Robin Mai Tai. The Stir Crazy mai tai came in a glass that slightly resembeled bamboo, and it was garnished with a pineapple wedge and cherries.  No lips or hair in this one.

With my first sip I could taste coconut from the coconut rum, pineapple juice, and some orange juice.  The coconut was a fun twist to a chain resturant mai tai.  There was also a slight hint of lime juice.  

I don't think the estate dark or black strap rums were actually used in the cocktail.  There wasn't any molasses or oaky flavors that would normally come with those darker rums.  Also, the color of the drink didn't suggest those rums were in there.   I'm guessing  a white rum was used instead, because the coconut flavor wasn't strong enough for that to be the only rum.  The dark rums were probably too much for the average customer.

Overall, the Stir Crazy mai tai wasn't bad.  It was a little sweet, and, unlike many of the classic tiki cocktails, had a simple flavor.  However, it was decent enough to have a second.  I wouldn't go to Stir Crazy for their mai tai, but if you are there give it a try.  Let me know what you think.



PS Try the chicken satay! YUM!


Red Robin Mai Tai... Meh

Red Robin Mai TaiAs Let's Tiki, I feel it is my duty to sample the world's Mai Tais whenever I come across them.  Even, when better judgement says not to.  You just never know; a good Mai Tai could be found at a very unexpected location.  So, when I was at Red Robin this week the bartender put a drink menu in front of me and the first thing I saw was their Mai Tai.  So I ordered one so I could report back to all of you.  

The Red Robin Mai Tai was cute looking.  They poured a lot of Grenadine in the bottom of the glass to give it a cute smile and floated some dark rum at the top to give the little Mai Tai man a hat.  Unfortunately, the cute look was the best part of the Mai Tai.  It was very sweet, weak and just tasted a lot like pineapple juice and Grenadine.  So, as I suspected I don't need to ever have one of those again.  At least the Mai Tai was cute looking.  I realize they need to cater to a main stream audience.  Oh well.

I had the Burnin' Love Burger for dinner. That was pretty good.  It was a cayenne pepper seasoned beef patty with fried jalapeno rings, salsa, pepper jack cheese, and Chipotle Mayo. So if you are at Red Robin and you like a little spice give the Burnin' Love Burger a try.   Don't worry it isn't super spicy.


How to Make a Milwaukee Mai Tai

What is a Milwaukee Mai Tai you may ask?  Well, it is a Mai Tai made with Milwaukee's own Roaring Dan's Rum. Roaring Dan's rum is made by The Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, WI. They have only been around for a few years, but their award winning Vodka and Gin have become very popular through out the Midwest.

Roaring Dan's Rum, which was released in June, is distilled with pure Wisconsin Maple Syrup giving it an excellent maple flavor.  The maple goes really well with the oak and bourbon barrels that it was aged in.  It also has a hint of caramel.  

The rum is named after  Roaring Dan Seavey.  The only man to have ever been charged with piracy on the great lakes.  What would a rum be without a pirate?  As the story goes, Roaring Dan stole a ship on Lake Michigan and a government revenue ship was sent to capture him. One warning shot from the cannon was all it took for him to surrender.  He was then transported to Chicago to face charges.  Mysteriously, those charges were dropped.  

To make a Milwaukee Mai Tai fill your cocktail shaker with:


  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 2 oz Roaring Dan's Rum
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat syrup

Shake well, until the outside of the shaker is frosted.  Pour unstrained into a cocktail glass. The Milwaukee Mai Tai is quite delicious.  The oaky maple rum goes well with the Cointreau and lime juice.  The Orgeat syrup adds a nice touch of sweetness.

If you are ever in the Milwaukee area I would encourage you to stop by The Great Lakes Distillery.  They give tours and for only a couple bucks you can sample their wide variety of products.  It's always a great time.





How to Make a Hot Buttered Mai Tai

Now, that it is cold outside it is time to warm things up with some hot Tiki drinks.  There are many classic Tiki drinks that are served hot. As far as I know the Hot Buttered Mai Tai isn't a classic Tiki cocktail, but it has the right ingredients to be classified as a Tiki drink.  This drink is a variation on a Hot Buttered Rum.  It is made with Dark Rum, Butter, Orange Zest, and Honey. 

Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix Ingredients:


  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Zest
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract


Combine, the butter, orange zest, and almond extract in a small bowl.  Smash the ingredients together with a fork until they are well combined. The mix will make four Hot Buttered Mai Tais.

Hot Buttered Mai Tai Ingredients:


  • 2 oz. Dark Rum
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix
  • Hot Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Honey


Put the dark rum, and the Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix in a coffee mug.  Top it off with hot water.  Then, add Honey to taste.  Stir the ingredients together until the Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix and honey is dissolved.

The sweetness factor is pretty low on this one.  The orange and almond flavors really come through nicely. This one will warm you up and take you to a tropical paradise.




Mai Tai Monday: Notes from The Kona Coast

Notes From The Kona Coast: The Mysterious Magical Mai Tai is 'Out of This World' | Sippity Sup

The Sippity Sup Blog explores the Mai Tai at the Royal Kona Resort, and gives a recipe for a great Mai Tai!