A Mai Tai is a tiki cocktail that was invented…
Tiki mugs are one of the most fun parts of a tiki drink, and while you don’t need the mug to make the drink, it sure is fun to have it. We gave in to the lure of this Deadhead Rum mug the last time we were at Don the Beachcomber. The mug is a signature mug for Deadhead Rum, and it came to us filled with a Deadhead Island Voodoo cocktail.
The drink is delicious and has a fun tropical flavor, without being too sweet. We are definitely fans of Green Chartreuse and like the spicy anise note that it brings to the rest of the ingredients, as well as the fact that you can taste some of the woodsy oak from the rum even after the other ingredients are added. Since this is a signature recipe for the brand, we’re not going to suggest alternatives for the Deadhead (which comes in a cool/scary bottle that is very similar to the mug and is fun to have in your collection), but you could experiment with other aged rums if Deadhead isn’t available in your area – or trek out to your local tiki bar to see if they have it and the mugs in stock!
Deadhead Island Voodoo
1 1/2 oz. Deadhead® 6 Year Aged Rum
1 oz. Banana/Green Chartreuse Blend*
2 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice
2 dashs Black Walnut Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into an ice-filled glass. If using the signature Deadhead Tiki mug, you’re going to want to double the recipe.
* To make the Banana/Green Chartreuse Blend: In a small bowl, mash 1/2 of a perfect ripe banana, add 1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse. Mash to make a puree.