Hippopotomai-Tai @ Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Price: $11.00

When: March 21, 2016, 7:30 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

After my great experience with Trader Sam’s Shipwreck on the Rocks, I decided to head back to the bar and begin exploring the rest of their cocktail menu.

You know, for science.

Today’s choice was the “Hippopotomai-Tai” which, following the Trader Sam’s tradition, is a regular cocktail with a silly, tropically-themed name. (I suspect that the branding genius behind Denny’s’ “Moons Over My Hammy” now works for Disney.)

The drink comes in a tall, thin glass, garnished with a cherry and a huge slice of orange. You’ll definitely hit your daily requirement of Vitamin C.

Initial impression: this is a very cold, very boozy drink. The rum makes its presence felt, but not obnoxiously; the rum is nicely cut by the flavor of the lime juice and agave nectar. Consequently, the finished product has a mild, semi-fruity flavor.

My initial impression was solid … but that was the high point. The drink’s distinctiveness quickly vanished. With subsequent sips, the Hippopotomai-Tai felt increasingly like a sugary, watered-down drink. Bleh.

I’d skip this. There are too many other intriguing choices on the Trader Sam’s menu. Not recommended.