Mai Tea Cocktail

You know how we Southerners are. . . we put Duke's Mayo on everything, love some good fried food and just have to drink our sweet tea. With Tikitober just around the corner, we're embracing all kinds of Tiki drinks, but thought it might be fun to give this one a Southern spin.

The classic Mai Tai has a history that dates back to the 30's or 40's. Depending on who you ask, some say it was invented at Trader Vic's in the mid 40's, others claim that Don the Beachcomber was making a more complex version in the early 30's. Regardless of who made it, it's a classic Tiki staple made with rum (typically a blend of rums), fresh citrus juice and unique spice flavors coming from Falernum (see our previous post about it here), Orgeat syrup (see more about this here) and orange curaçao. 

We took that classic version and added a little Southern accent with some sweet tea moonshine from American Born. Oh yes we did.

Oh, and one more thing. Be careful with this one. It's almost entirely booze.



cocktail shaker
highball glass
crushed ice


1 oz black rum
1 oz spiced rum
1 oz white rum
.5 oz Velvet Falernum
.5 oz orgeat syrup
.5 oz orange curaçao 
.5 oz American Born Sweet Tea Moonshine
.5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
pineapple and cherry for garnish


Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and strain into your glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish, kick back and enjoy...y'all.