Mezcal Mai Tai

Mezcal Mai Tai
Photo by Tom Arena

Courtesy Shelby Allison and Paul McGee, co-owners, Lost Lake, Chicago

For guests who want a tiki-style drink but want to explore spirits beyond rum, Allison and McGee say that the mezcal version of the mai tai is a staple at Lost Lake.

Margaritas, Mai Tais and 7 Other Classic Cocktails to Make with Mezcal
  • 2 ounces mezcal, like Banhez Joven
  • 1 ounce lime juice and lime hull
  • ¾ ounce orgeat, like Small Hands Foods Orgeat
  • ½ ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
  • ¼ ounce Demerara syrup (2 parts Demerara sugar: 1 part hot water)
  • Large mint bouquet, orange peel and flower, for garnish

Add all ingredients (except garnishes) to cocktail shaker with cubed ice. Shake for 5 seconds.  Pour all ingredients, unstrained, into double Old Fashioned glass, and fill with crushed ice.  Garnish with large mint bouquet, orange peel and flower.

Published on November 21, 2019