Original Orgeat // BG Reynolds // Portland, OR
The secret to a real, islander-approved Mai Tai isn’t in the thread count of the bartender’s Hawaiian shirt, or the authenticity of the Tiki mug. It’s in the syrup. Authentic orgeat is made with almonds and cane sugar — sail-by-night imposters are all high-fructose this and artificially flavored that. Be sure to mix it right: a shot of golden rum, a dram or two of curacao, a squeeze of lime, a sprig of mint, and a few hearty dashes of orgeat, shaken with ice. You don’t even need a cocktail umbrella.