By Douglas Habecker Translated
by Ann Lee
Wine & Cigar Bar (Splendor Hotel)
1049, JianXing Rd, 12F
Hours: 12 pm-12 am
Credit cards accepted.
Bartender: Mark Lin
Summer is a great time for fruity, colorful drinks.
In this category, it's hard to beat the classic Mai
Tai, which was invented in 1944 in California by Victor
Bergron, better known as "Trader Vic". Tahitian
guests who tried it exclaimed, "Mai Tai Roa Ae!",
which means "Out of this world--the best!".
Trader Vic's namesake restaurant can be found in Taipei.
However, folks down here in Taichung can head for The
Splendor Hotel's recently-reopened 12th-floor Wine &
Cigar Bar, where Mark Lin and his fellow bartenders
are always happy to shake up a good Mai Tai. The bar's
new look includes electronic darts, a Wii video-game
system, large living room-like lounge, and VIP room
with walk-in cigar humidor and wine cellar.
1 oz Light Rum
1/2 oz Myer's Rum
3 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Grenadine
1 oz Syrup
1/2 oz Amaretto almond liqueur
Fill a shaker with ice and add all ingredients except
the Amaretto. Shake and pour into a large brandy glass.
Garnish with orange slices, a cherry and, of course,
a little umbrella. Pour Amaretto into drink and serve.