A Prize-Winning Bartender Updates the Mai Tai

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A Prize-Winning Bartender Updates the Mai Tai
A Prize-Winning Bartender Updates the Mai Tai

Want to know what a world-class cocktail tastes like? From the first-ever Diageo World Class U.S. Ambassador Richard Gomez, the Two Cities Skirmish is what he calls a an updated version of the Mai Tai with tequila and gin. Gomez says the key to a Mai Tai, no matter what the spirits, is the layering: This drink starts out with a kick, but finishes light. Impress all your friends with some world-class mixology — we won't tell that you got it from a master bartender. 

Deliver Ingredients


  • 1/2 Ounce Don Julio Añejo tequila
  • 1/2 Ounce Tanqueray No. TEN gin
  • 1/8 Ounce triple sec
  • 3/8 Ounces fresh lime juice
  • 3/8 Ounces BG Reynolds Orgeat
  • mint, for garnish


Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime shell and mint.

Mai Tai Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Mai Tai Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.