Mai Daiquiri

This recipe was posted over at the Drinkboy forum by Rafael.

I’ve always been a big fan of mai tais, but sometimes I’m just not in the mood to go to that much effort to put one together. This is simply a variation on the daiquiri, using orgeat syrup for the sweetener. Orgeat is one of those old-school syrups that crops up in places like Jerry Thomas’ guide and Trader Vic’s recipes, but unlike many of the things popular back in the day (Bogart’s bitters, anyone?), it’s pretty easy to find. This one’s good enough to rank above the “interesting novelty” category that so many drinks seem to fall into; I can see myself pulling this out on occasion, when the idea of a regular daiquiri doesn’t excite me but I lack the motivation to go the full mai tai route.

Mai Daiquiri

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • juice of half a lime
  • around 2 tsp orgeat, to taste (you can also add a dash of simple syrup, if your lime has a lot of juice)

Shake with ice & strain into chilled cocktail glass.

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