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Recipe Mailbox: Mai Tai was a favorite at legendary Coral Reef restaurant

A Coral Reef coaster, courtesy of Louelyn Wong, daughter of Louis G. Wong, who managed the restaurant for 37 years.
A Coral Reef coaster, courtesy of Louelyn Wong, daughter of Louis G. Wong, who managed the restaurant for 37 years.

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Coral Reef Mai Tai

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves 1

Patty Conroy of El Dorado Hills and her brother Gary Nyland of Carmichael want to re-create a meal using recipes from the now-closed legendary Coral Reef restaurant. It was their family’s all-time favorite restaurant; Patty and her husband, Tom, had their wedding rehearsal dinner there.

The Mailbox recently featured Coral Reef’s foil-wrapped chicken and banana fritters recipes for Conroy and Nyland.

Today we have the recipe for the Coral Reef’s most popular cocktail, their Mai Tai. We featured this recipe Feb. 16, 2011, shared at that time by George Chew, former bar manager. Its price in the mid-1970s was $2.65.

1 ounce light rum

2 ounces sweet and sour mix

1 ounce lemon juice

1 ounce orgeat syrup

1 ounce orange curacao

Squeeze of lime

Crushed ice

1 ounce 97 proof Appleton Jamaican dark rum

I canned pineapple ring

1 maraschino cherry

In a double old-fashioned glass, build drink by layering light rum, sweet and sour mix, lemon juice, orgeat syrup, curacao and lime juice. Stir. Pack with crushed ice. Float Appleton dark rum on top. Place pineapple ring on top with cherry in center of ring.

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