Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | May 3, 2010

Politico Shout-Out

My good friend Eddie Vale was profiled in Politico. Or rather, Politico did a post about what Eddie ate and drank in Washington, DC, from Friday through Sunday. A lot of my friends are name dropped in there. It’s also a very honest admission that Eddie really lives off of Red Bull, beer, Cheerios and bar snacks. Poor guy. Here’s the passage covering his time sipping cocktails on my patio:

Vale woke up to a bowl of cheerios and a Red Bull. Was he alone? “Breakfast was me and my cat,” he said.

Later, Vale met up with Lodes and Matt Browner Hamlin, who also works at SEIU, for a so called “liquid lunch” of homemade Mai Tais courtesy of Hamlin. Vale noted that Hamlin is an “awesome cocktail maker and blogger” in his spare time.

And here’s the recipe for the Mai Tai I made for Eddie:

Mai Tai

1 oz dark rum (Coruba)
1 oz light rum (Flor de Cana 4 year)
0.5 oz triple sec
0.75 oz orgeat (Trader Tiki’s Orgeat)
0.75 oz lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

This recipe is a slight modification on Gary Regan’s recipe in The Joy of Mixology. I reduced the amount of lime juice by a quarter ounce, as the limes I had were pretty tart and a full ounce didn’t give the recipe the balance I like in Mai Tais. That said, normally a full ounce of lime juice is preferable.


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