Mai Tai


C is for cookie
Another great recipe courtesy of my mentor of cocktails Trader Peg.

The original, invented by Trader Vic Bergeron.

Story goes that he was experimenting behind his bar, slid a couple of these across to two friends from Tahiti and asked them what they thought. Carrie lifted her glass and said, "Mai tai roa ae! Out of this world -- the best!"

1.5 ounces fresh lime juice

.5 ounce curacao (I only use Cointreau)

.25 ounce orgeat syrup

.25 ounce simple syrup

1 ounce aged Jamaican rum (most folks used Appleton Aged or Extra Old)

1 ounce Martinique rum (St. James, black label)

Shake these ingredients and pour into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a spent lime shell and a mint sprig. A cherry/pineapple chunk toothpick and an umbrella won't hurt either -- and a short straw.

The mint sprig represents a palm tree -- the lime shell, an island. Welcome to Paradise!