I guess this technically could be considered an alcoholic beverage question, so if the mods think it belongs there, feel free to move it.
I'm looking to create a drink that captures the "spirit and flavors" of a mai tai. the thing is, I'm not looking to MAKE a mai tai. I'm trying to make a mead.
For example, when I made a margarita mead, I used agave extract as one of the fermentables. With this one, I'm trying to find something that will approximate the flavor of the dark rum in a mai tai.
Since rum comes from cane sugars, I'm thinking maybe a turbinado sugar, a lighter molases, or even some carmelized sugar to catch a little of the flavor.
When you think of a mai tai, or of a dark rum, what other flavors do you think of, and what ingredients would you equate them with?