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Maxim's Sriracha Cocktail Contest


Michael Aram Molten Martini shaker

The Cocktail: My Thai Mai Tai 

Ingredients (serves 4):
1 pineapple
A bunch of mint leaves
1 cup white rum
1/4 cup of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
1 lime
A total of 12 drops of sriracha (three per serving)
Regatta Ginger Beer
3 Thai chili peppers
Fresh ginger root


Two days before the contest Christian, chopped up three Thai chili peppers, about two inches of fresh ginger, and 10-20 mint leaves, and let them steep in it. He cut the a pineapple in half, hollowed each half out, chopped the fruit up and put it in the fridge. Then he filled the shells half full with chopped ice and set in the freezer.

On the day of the contest, he loaded the following into a shaker:

About 6 pieces of pineapple, muddled
12 mint leaves, muddled
1 cup rum
1/4 cup of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
Juice from 1 lime, freshly squeezed (cut the lime in half and save rind for presentation)
A total of 12 drops of Sriracha (three per serving)

Then he shook and divided between the two pineapple halves, topped off with Regatta Ginger Beer (canned is better than bottled). Then he stirred, and floated the lime rind upside down so it looked like an island, and served each half with two straws, to share.

Score: 31.78 / 40


Christian was very calculated and prepared with his cocktail, but with about two minutes left in the prep time, he remembered that he left out a very crucial element with his cocktail: the sriracha! He quickly added some drops to his concoction, but it didn't seem to be enough. 

Overall they were nice to me but I served two of them a terrible drink. I forgot to put sriracha in the shaker so I had to stir it in at the last second. Apparently someone got a sip that was straight sriracha, which is gross and embarrassing."