16: Mai Tai

05/22/2016 , 3m

Probably invented in the 1940s by Trader Vic (Victor Bergeron) or maybe in the 1930s by Don The Beachcomber, this bracing tiki drink is perfect for a hot day at the beach. Don't be fooled by the sweet, fruity junk you find at some bars -- made right, this is a delicious and poweful cocktail.

  • 1 oz. amber rum
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. quality orgeat
  • 1/2 oz. orange curaƧao or Cointreau

Place all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a tall glass over crushed ice or ice cubes. Garnish with the shell of one of the limes you squeezed and a mint sprig, if you like.

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Dave Wondrich's Mai Tai Take

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