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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 Navy Grog

Navy Grog is a classic tiki cocktail that was invented by Don the Beachcomber.  Don the Beachcomber is credited by some to have been the inventor of the Tiki bar.  If not the first he was definitely one of the first.  I don't like to get into these debates though. I just like enjoying a tiki drink and escaping somewhere tropical for a few hours or even minutes.

To make Navy Grog put some ice in your glass.  Then, add:


  • 1/2 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Gold Rum
  • 1/2 oz Dark Rum
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice


Shake the ingredients in your cocktail shaker to combine. Then, pour into a Collins glass if you have one. Otherwise, any glass will do.

Navy GrogThis little drink has a lot going on. When you bring the glass to your lips to take your first sip your noise is hit with a bouquet of citrus that immediately transports you to a citrus grove.  You know you are in for a treat before you even taste this cocktail.  As you take your first taste the refreshing flavors of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple immediately greet you.  They are accompanied by the dark rum with it's oaky flavors.  Since, the dark rum is only one of three rums it isn't too overpowering. The orange brandy like flavor of the Grand Marnier also rounds out the many flavors.  This drink is really easy to make, and packs a lot of impressive flavor. 

What do you think of Navy Grog?  Do you have a favorite tiki drink you'd like to share?  Let me know here if you do.



Introducting Mai Tai Monday

The Mai Tai is the first thing many people think of when they think tiki drinks, and there are as many Mai
Tai recipes in the world as there are Mai Tai drinkers.  So every Monday I want to explore a different Mai Tai recipe.  Besides, what is a better way to relax after a long Monday than having a great Mai Tai?  

This week's Mai Tai I found on where they showcased the Mai Tai recipe from The Bird All-American Bar and Grill in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.  Check it out:


Fill a glass with Ice



  • 1 oz. Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • Splash of Lime Juice
  • Splash of Grenadine
  • Top with half Pineapple Juice and half OJ.

 Blend and serve!

So I put this Mai Tai recipe to the test.  It was actually pretty good.  It's not what I think of as a traditional Mai Tai, but it was more like a tropical smoothie with rum.  It was really sweet. I'm a sweet drink fan, but I don't think even I could do more than one of these, but it's a fun way to start the night off.  It would also work great as a dessert drink.



How to Make a Chief Lapu Lapu

The Chief Lapu Lapu is a classic 1950s Tiki Cocktail.  Chief Lapu Lapu was a Filipino chief from the 1500s that was one of the first to resist Spanish colonization.  There are many variations of this delicious drink. Here is one common one that I've found on the Internet that I really enjoy.

To start off combine the following into a cocktail shaker with some ice:

1.5 oz Dark Jamaican Rum

1.5 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum

2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

3 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1 oz Simple Syrup

3/4 oz Passion Fruit Syrup

Shake well. I always like to shake mine until the outside of the shaker becomes cool to the touch and condensation starts to form.  By shaking the drink the ice melts a little and the recipe relies on that melting to dilute the strong flavors just a bit.

Pour the drink unstrained into a brandy snifter.   This drink is traditionally served in a brandy snifter, but if you don't have one that's all right. Any glass will do. Then, garnish with a lemon and/or orange peel. I just peel my lemon and orange with a regular vegetable peeler before I juice the fruit.  The peels add a great aroma and the oils in the peel add to the flavor. 

No Worry Substitutions

Don't worry if you don't have these exact ingredients.  You don't need to have a Jamaican Dark Rum. Any dark rum will do. The same goes for the light rum.  I order my Passion Fruit syrup online, but if you don't have any grenadine will do.  Now, will the drink taste exactly the same with these substitutions? Probably not, but I'm sure it will still taste good.  The whole point of Tiki is to have a great drink, and have some fun. Break away from the daily grind and feel like you are a million miles away somewhere warm and tropical. So, enjoy!   


Pyrat Rum Review

Today, for Tiki Tuesday I thought I'd do something a little different and review a Rum.  I picked up Pyrat Rum for the first time yesterday.  It is from the makers of Patron Tequila.  I bought a 750 ml bottle of the Pyrat Rum XO reserve at my local Sentry Grocery Store on sale for $18.99.  

According to,  "Pyrat XO Reserve is a complex yet mellow blend of select Caribbean rums, aged up to 15 years in French Limousin and American sweet oak barrels."  I was immediately curious to see if it lived up to that description.

First, I tried Pyrat in a snifter.  It has a nice light caramel color.  The aroma is of spice and vanilla.  There are also hints of orange almost like Grand Marnier. The taste was pretty good.  It started with vanilla and spice.  I definitely got a hint of cinnamon and orange.  Then, it finished with a tiny bit of sharpness, and a pretty mild burn factor. It had a nice oaky aftertaste.  It is a fairly sweet rum.  

The second suggestion on the label was to try it on the rocks with a lime wedge. Chilling it definitely brought out the oak from the barrels, and hid a lot of the vanilla and spice.  It almost tasted like a bourbon. 

Overall, I enjoyed the Pyrat XO Reserve Rum. My preference will definitely be the snifter over chilled with a lime wedge.  It is a really nice after dinner drink. also had more suggested recipes. I look forward to trying them out. 

What do you think?  Have you tried any of the Pyrat Rums? What way do you like to enjoy Pyrat rum?

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