Recipe: Appleton Estate Mai Tai

This classic tropical cocktail recipe is brought to you from the cool crew at Appleton Estate.

Jamaica’s oldest distillery, Appleton Estate has been part of the country’s rum scene for more than 265 years. The first distillation was in 1749 and, these days, the distillery is under the guidance of Master Blender Joy Spence, who created the 8 Year Old Reserve used in this recipe, as well as Appleton Estate’s limited-edition 50 Year Old, “the world’s oldest barrel-aged rum that has been bottled and sold,” according to the Appleton Estate team.

As for the Mai Tai, it is one of the most popular of the tiki cocktails and can likely be traced back to Hollywood in the 1930s. Made right, it’s refreshing and not too sweet. Enjoy!

2 oz Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve Rum

0.5 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz orange Curacao

0.5 orgeat (aka almond syrup)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled and pour into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with one lime wedge and a fresh mint sprig. Serves one.

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