Mai Tai Kwon Do

by Mark Bitterman


Sometimes you just want to slump into a chair and sip indolently on a fruity drink. Sometimes you want to throw your body to the mat and sip fervently on a fruity drink that is truly badass. I’m crazy about all the bitters you can put in this cocktail. Go to town—enjoy the tiki abandon of throwing armloads of ingredients into a zombie glass. Take out your aggression on the bitters, tossing in more of them, and more varieties of them. This is definitely a Mai Tai, but it’s a Mai Tai with moves.

Serves 1 (you)

  • 1 lime wedge
  • 3 mint sprigs
  • 2 ounces golden rum (I like Appleton Estate 12-Year-Old)
  • 3/4 ounce golden curaçao
  • 1/3 ounce orgeat syrup
  • 4 dashes orange bitters
  • 4 dashes lime bitters
  • 4 dashes spicy bitters
  • 3/4 dark rum
  • 1 orange wedge, 1 lime wedge, 1 brandied cherry and 1 pineapple cube on long pick, for garnish

Muddle the lime half and mint sprigs in a shaker. Fill the shaker with the golden rum, curaçao, syrup, and bitters. Short-shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass or snifter filled with crushed ice. Float the dark rum on top and garnish with the fruit stick.


                                 Mai Tai Kwon Do        Bangkok, Thailand


                               Bangkok, Thailand        Bangkok, Thailand

Cocktail photo by Clare Barboza


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