Celebrate National Rum Day

With National Rum Day today, Aug. 16, we can only hope you are fully stocked for an end of summer party. Add chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s handcrafted Mai Tai recipe from his restaurant in Hollywood, FL, to the list.

The delicious concoction from the Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort is a classic cocktail and perfect for summer, especially when imbibed in a festive Tiki glass. This refreshing beverage includes a sweet Orgeat Syrup, which is made from almonds, sugar and rose water or orange flower water, and is surely unlike any Mai Tai you have had before.

Mai Tai

Recipe by Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort, courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

2 oz. Bacardi Light
1 ½ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. Cointreau
½ oz. simple syrup
½ oz. Orgeat syrup
4 large mint leaves, muddled

1. Place all ingredients into a mixing glass except rum.

2. Muddle mint until bruised, add rum, ice and shake vigorously, taste for balance

3. Double strain into a Tiki glass over fresh ice, garnish with lime wedge; mint sprig and cocktail umbrella and serve.

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Jennifer Fauci
Jennifer Fauci is the former managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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