Banana Rye Tai
The Elevated Craft Team
We are excited to introduce the Banana Rye Tai, a vibrant riff on the legendary Mai Tai that will tantalize your senses. The exotic essence of pineapple and the bold character of rye are infused into this remarkable cocktail, elevating the classic Mai Tai to new heights. With your first sip, you'll be transported to sun-soaked shores surrounded by lush tropical landscapes.
(Originally published 7/21/23)
2 oz. Pineapple infused rye whiskey
1 oz. Banana Liqueur (we used Giffard Banane de Brasil)
½ oz. Orgeat or cinnamon syrup
½ oz. Lime juice
2 dashes nutty bitters*
Pineapple (for garnish)
* Take a Hike bitters by Remedy Cocktail Co and Black Walnut Bitters are both good options.
To infuse Rye with pineapple: Combine 3 cups high-proof Rye Whiskey (100 proof or higher) with 1 cup fresh pineapple in a large glass carafe. Place in the refrigerator for two days. Strain out solids and keep infused rye refrigerated for up to 2 months. Note: we used a higher proof rye for the infusion, so the pineapple didn't make the spirit too sweet.
If you're out of orgeat or you haven't acquired a taste for the nutty flavor profile of that syrup, cinnamon syrup is a delicious alternative. Earlier this year we shared a simple cinnamon syrup recipe when we made our Forbidden Fruit Recipe.