Our final stop on our year-long drinking odyssey is Trader Vic’s – the “Home of the Original Mai Tai.” Why not? Atlanta’s Trader Vic’s – located under the Hilton in downtown ATL – is one of thirty or so world-wide locations of this Polynesian themed restaurant and bar. A chain? Yes – but it is the oldest franchise in the U.S. If you have never stepped into this time-warped kitchy joint, you need to get down there one Thursday night for Tongo Hiti with Big Mike and the Dames Aflame and sip on some potent cocktails in funky vessels of joy.
We happened to be there while University of South Carolina fans (Ashley’s alma mater) and team were at the Hilton for the Chick-fil-a Bowl. They were still happy and exited when we were there because they had not yet played that craptastic game and embarrased the entire conference. At any rate…
Trader Vic’s featured signature cocktails in unique glassware before it was cool to do so. I am fairly certain the drink menu and bikini-clad-lady drinking vessels have not changed since the 1940s. With over 70 cocktails to choose from, plus many meant to serve a group, you are bound to find one that suits you.
We ordered the Original Mai Tai – clearly – and the Somoan Fog Cutter – mainly because of the glass in which it was served.
The Mai Tai is a glass full of Jamaican rum, French garnier orgeat, orange curacao, Trader Vic’s own rock candy syrup, and fresh mint. It is served with a pineapple slice and cherry.
Don’t forget our ratings scale is between 1 and 5 Olives. One Olive = waste of my blogging time; 5 Olives = oh my goodness/yummmmmm
Let’s rate the Original Mai Tai first.
Presentation: 4.5 olives. Shaved ice, decorative glass, sprig of mint, pineapple slice and a cherry – purty!
Creativity: 5 olives. It’s an original cocktail from the 1940’s that is now world-famous and still popular.
Taste: 3.5 olives. Classic rum goodness, but Ashley couldn’t drink it all because she claims it was the strongest drink she has ever put in her mouth. I tend to think her straight-up dirty vodka martinis are stronger..;)
Overall: 4 olives. Party in a glass!
The Soman Fog Cutter is a mixture of OJ, rum, gin, brandy, sherry wine, and orgeat…and is one of the more potent drinks on the menu.
Presentation: 4 olives. A tall ceramic glass covered in bikini-clad ladies and tropic scenes makes you happy.
Creativity: 4 olives. It’s like a tropical version of a long island iced tea.
Taste: 3.5 olives. Dangerously tastes just like an OJ and pineapple juice blend.
Overall: 3.5 olives. Tall, potent, and tasty…
Trader Vic’s may be one of the potent weeks of our journey. Good thing it is ending! We enjoyed our time, but are grateful it is over. We will try to do some highlights of these 52 weeks next week and then think of new things to do with our free time!
Happy New Year!