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His & Hers Cocktails - Tiki #2

With the South being in the middle of a heat wave (our average heat index is over 100) it feels like we're sitting in a tropical paradise.  So I couldn't think of a better way of celebrating Cocktail Friday then with a Mai Tai.  Whether you believe that Trader Vic or Don the Beachcomber created the cocktail, one thing remains true to both origin stories.  Neither cocktail was a sugar bomb like what you will find at a lot of bars and restaurants today.  As with all of our cocktails, you can play around with the sweetness.  Here, instead of simple syrup we're using the traditional orgeat, a sweet almond syrup.  You may need more to counteract the bitterness of the Campari in my drink.  For hers, the recipe calls for 1 tsp but she usually only adds 1/2 tsp.  Again, make the cocktail to your palate.  But please, use freshly squeezed juice over the bottled stuff.  

 

His Cocktail Ingredients - Bitter Mai Tai (via Jeremy Oertel)
1 1/2 oz Campari
3/4 oz aged Jamaican rum
1/2 oz orange curacao
3/4 oz orgeat
1 oz fresh lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake until cold and strain into rocks glass filled with ice.

 

Her Cocktail Ingredients - Mai Tai
1 oz dark rum (Myers's)
1 oz amber rum
1 oz fresh orange juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 tsp orgeat (more or less to taste for sweetness)
Dash grenadine
Rum floater - optional

Combine all ingredients, except for the floater, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake until cold and strain into rocks glass filled with ice.  For optional rum floater, pour a little rum slowly onto the back of a spoon positioned over top of the cocktail.