Bitter Mai Tai

bitter mai tai“I love a good Mai Tai,” says Brooklyn bartender Jeremy Oertel, “and I thought it would be fun to take the classic recipe and see what kind of new flavors I could introduce to it.” Oertel calls Campari to the forefront, while Jamaican rum, orgeat and fresh lime keep it close on track with the traditional Mai Tai.

1 1/2 oz. Campari
3/4 oz. Jamaican rum
1/2 oz. orange Curaçao
1 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. orgeat
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: double Old Fashioned
Garnish: mint sprig

Combine ingredients and ice in a shaker and shake to chill. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish.

Jeremy Oertel, Dram, Brooklyn