Mai Tai

This is the real McCoy. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the ones you have been having on the beach in Bali or Waikiki are fake. They are a sweet and murky drink, filled with assorted fruit juices and syrups


60ml Appleton Extra or other aged Jamaican rum

30ml lime juice

15ml Cointreau

1 plus ½ teaspoon orgeat

1 plus ½ teaspoon simple syrup

Mint for garnish


Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lime shell and a sprig of fresh mint.

Serves 1


Dark and Stormy

Winter is over but September in Wellington is cold and wet. When temperatures are still in single digits, this is the perfect drink to make you feel cold weather is okay.


60ml dark rum

120ml ginger ale

15 ml lime juice

Half a lime (shell only) for garnish


Fill and old fashioned glass with ice. Add, in layers, the lime juice, ginger ale and then the rum. Stir in the lime shell.

Serves one.