It's summertime, and that means it's time for refreshing drinks that'll help provide some relief on hot days. Definitely one of my favorite summertime cocktails is the Mai Tai. It's a lovely blend of tart and sweet and rum. My goto recipe pulls from the Employee's Only Guide to Classic Cocktails:
1 oz Lime Juice
0.75 oz Orgeat
0.75 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curaçao
1.5 oz El Dorado 12 Year Old Rum
Shake all ingredients, then serve over ice and garnish with a mint sprig. The mint sprig is nice, and serving over crushed ice might be even nicer, but neither is required.
Also, if you don't have the fancy orange curaçao, don't sweat it. While that stuff is super tasty, and I really recommend it, Cointreau or triple sec will work here. I'm a big fan of El Dorado rums, but you might not have that either. While I like using a rum with some age on it, just use whatever you've got. If the result doesn't do it for ya, then try a different rum. Part of the fun of a Mai Tai is that you can mix and match ingredients to find your favorite combo. A Mai Tai is also a great base to experiment with, and I'll provide a couple options for doing just that next time.