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This Mai Tai Recipe, Served in an Empty Spam Can, Will Give You Serious Vacation-y Vibes

Though we would all love to live on an island and sip mai tais all day, sometimes the next best thing is discovering a drink recipe that will transport you to a faraway beach. The If Can-Can cocktail, an updated take on the mai tai that's playfully served in empty Spam cans, will do just that.

Developed at Trailblazer Tavern in San Francisco, CA, a Michael Mina restaurant in partnership with Hawaiian chefs Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka, the If Can, Can cocktail deviates from traditional mai tai recipes in that it features lilikoi syrup, otherwise known as passion fruit syrup. This adds a depth of tart, tropical flavor to the sweet, fruity drink.

If you can, pour the drink over pebble ice, something you can buy by the pound at Sonic Drive-In. Nothing beats simultaneously slurping down the sour-sweet concoction while chomping down on the crunchy, snow-cone-esqe ice. Don't take our word for it; make it yourself! Most of the syrups can be found at specialty cocktail stores or on Amazon.

Now all you need is the right food with which to wash this drink down. Any Hawaiian recipes will do, though we're partial to fried rice, preferably with caramelized squares of spam.

Mai Tai cocktail in a Spam can makes it all the more ridiculously awesome.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces rum, such as Cruzan
  • 1/2 ounce orange curaçao
  • 3/4 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce lilikoi syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce orgeat
  • pebble ice
  • lime wedges and mint, to garnish

Directions

Add all ingredients to a mixing tin and add ice. Shake for about 10-15 seconds.

Single strain into a Spam can over pebble ice.

Garnish with mint, lime, and a cocktail umbrella.

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