Despite a brief tenure as a bartender and a fascination with cocktail culture (and consumption), I've always been a bit apprehensive when it comes to venturing into the world of tiki cocktail creation, since many of these tropical tipples owe their complex flavor to a laundry list of ingredients. Thankfully, the Mai Tai — a rum-forward stunner — is comparatively simple, clocking in at a mere four ingredients, and has quickly become a staple in my home bar repertoire.
Even more crucially, this classic Polynesian recipe is dangerously quaffable — watch out; it packs a real punch — perfectly suited to Spring's warmer weather, and a solid choice for toasting to Sunday's Mad Men premiere thanks to its retro styling. Get the recipe and follow suit.
Ingredients 2 1/2 ounces aged rum, divided Parasol, lime wheel, and mint sprig, for garnish Directions Serves 1.
From Julie Reiner
Trader Vic's Classic Mai Tai
3/4 ounce orange curaçao
1/4 ounce orgeat or other almond syrup
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
2 1/2 ounces aged rum, divided
Parasol, lime wheel, and mint sprig, for garnish