Tia Mia

This refreshing Mai Tai riff is straight outta Brooklyn.

Created by Ivy Mix, Leyenda, Brooklyn, NY

Since opening in May 2015, Leyenda, a cocktail bar run by Clover Club’s Julie Reiner and her protégé, Ivy Mix, has quickly become a must-try spot for revelers in Brooklyn’s so-called Barmuda Triangle. According to Mix, the bar’s focus is Pan-Latin, drawing inspiration from Central and South America. This drink, which showcases aged rum and mezcal, fits right in.

The cocktail is a breezy riff on the classic Mai Tai, with smoky mezcal to provide a bit of Brooklyn edge. Orgeat, a rich almond syrup called for in a wide range of tropical drinks, is readily available. Mix’s pick is Orgeat Works T’Orgeat Toasted Almond Syrup, made in Brooklyn, of course.

Ingredients
  • 1 ounce aged rum
  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce orgeat (almond syrup)
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • Orchid, mint sprig and lime wheel, for garnish
Directions

In a rocks glass, combine all ingredients, except garnishes. Top with crushed ice, and stir gently. Garnish with an orchid, mint sprig and lime wheel.

Published on March 10, 2016
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip. and NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening, which debuts in September 2018. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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