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An Authentic Mai Tai

Posted while listening to Yeah Yeah Yeah's

If you're going to drink a classic cocktail, you might as well do it proper.

The Recipe

2oz pot still rum

0.75oz fresh squeezed lime

0.5oz Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao

0.25oz orgeat

0.25oz dark Demerara simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a spent lime and mint sprig.

The Story

It's a little odd posting a cocktail about a quintessential summer cocktail in the middle of October but when it's this good, is it really a problem?

Mai Tai's have been hijacked by bogus resort hotels, cruise lines and shifty dive bars into this odd place where the original cocktail has ceased to exist and it's doppelganger has been turbocharged with sugar and fruit juice that just doesn't belong. While not 100% to the original recipe, the rums are no longer available for instance, this version brings back the original to it's freshly squeezed, almondy goodness.

Pro-tip: There is no substitute for fresh squeezed juices!

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