Beachbum Berry’s Mai Tai

Drink Recipes by Lisë Stern / May, 2018

Jeff Berry, aka Beachbum Berry, is the author of several cocktail books, including Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them, and owner of Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 in New Orleans. On his website he writes, “A proper Mai Tai has a deep amber hue, because it’s the liquor that should dominate the drink, not the sweeteners.”

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Makes 1 serving

1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce Rhum Clément VSOP Martinique rum
1 ounce Appleton Estate Extra dark Jamaican rum
½ ounce orange curacao
½ ounce Latitude 29 Formula Orgeat
¼ ounce simple syrup
2 cups crushed ice, or more as needed
spent lime (used for fresh lime juice)
mint sprig

In a shaker combine lime juice, both rums, curacao, orgeat, and simple syrup. Add crushed ice and shake well for around 10 seconds. Pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass. Sink the spent lime shell in the drink, and garnish with a mint sprig.