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.
If Can, Can (Mai Tai) Cocktail
- 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
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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(Recipe and photo via Trailblazer Tavern)