I like a good drink every now and then(1). This past Christmas, I mentioned that The Beloved gave me a sleek new cocktail shaker, and Mello suggested that I post any new drink creations. I’ve been meaning to post this one for a couple of weeks.
One of the better dining experiences I had in 2007 was at the restaurant TAO, which is in the Venetian in Las Vegas. The food was pan-Asian, inventive and delicious. When we arrived we had cocktails, and Roomie and I tried the “house” martini – the Tao-tini – and really liked it.
On New Year's Eve, we decided to celebrate by trying to recreate the drink. We were able to track down the components from a pdf of the restaurant’s menu, but not the proportions.
As a scientist, I’m always interested in a little empirical experimentation and so Roomie and I set out to recreate the TAOtini. After a little trial and error (even the errors were pretty good…) here’s what we came up with:
1 part mandarin vodka
2 parts raspberry vodka
2 parts Malibu rum
½ part fresh lime juice
dash cranberry juice
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for a few minutes. Strain into chilled martini glass.
One of the nice things is that you can adjust the lime and cranberry juice content to fit your particular taste – I like the citrus of the lime more than sweet-tart of the cranberry. A word of warning: this drink goes down pretty easily and you’ll be tempted to make another one right away. Given that its nearly straight booze – eat some peanuts and wait a bit.
(1) “now” tends to be about 5:30 p.m., “then” seems to be about 6:15 p.m