Original Mai Tai

Whether you're in the Trader Vic's camp or the Don the Beachcomber camp, it can't be denied that the Mai Tai is the tiki movement's paradigmatic cocktail. Like other classic tiki drinks, the name "Mai Tai" has been slapped on plenty of neon-colored abominations. The true drink is golden-brown in hue, colored only by the booze itself.

Recipe adapted from Lu Brow, Swizzle Stick, New Orleans

Original Mai Tai
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Make this Original Mai Tai cocktail from Lu Brow at Swizzle Stick in New Orleans.
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Appleton Estate VX Jamaican Rum
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange Curaçao
  • ½ ounce orgeat syrup
  • :::½ ounce simple syrup (1:1 ratio):::
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig
  1. Fill a cocktail glass with ice cubes and add the rum, lime juice, Curaçao,and orgeat and simple syrups. Cover and shake well, then strain into a Collins glass. Pack the glass with crushed ice, push the mint sprig into the ice and serve.
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