Considered the foremost expert on tiki mixology, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of several books, including Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log, Intoxica!, and Sippin’ Safari: In Search of the Great “Lost” Tropical Drink Recipes… And the People Behind Them. This is his take on Trader Vic’s classic 1944 mai tai recipe:
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce Rhum Clément V.S.O.P. Martinique rum
1 ounce Appleton Estate Extra Dark Jamaican rum
1/2 ounce orange Curaçao
1/4 ounce orgeat syrup
1/4 ounce sugar syrup
Mix ingredients in shaker. Add at least 2 cups crushed ice. Shake well for around 10 seconds. Pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass. Sink spent lime shell in drink; garnish with mint sprig.