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Sparkling Mai Tai

This recipe comes from Martin Cate, owner of Smuggler's Cove bar in San Francisco.

Sunset SEPTEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Hands-on: 10 Minutes
  • Chill: 1 Hour
  • Total: 1 Hour, 10 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons orgeat
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur such as Gran Gala or Grand Marnier
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Hart 151 rum or El Dorado 12 Year Old rum
  • 1/4 cup Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old rum
  • 2 cups blanc de blancs sparkling wine, preferably from California
  • 1 firm lime, chilled
  • 4 small sprigs mint


1. Pour lime juice, orgeat, orange liqueur, and rums into a glass measuring cup. Stir and chill at least 1 hour.

2. Divide rum mixture between 4 chilled Champagne flutes and top each with 1/2 cup sparkling wine. Cut 4 spirals of zest from lime (use a 1-hole bartender's zester or a sharp knife) and put a spiral in each drink along with a mint sprig.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per drink.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 209
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 14g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sodium: 1.3mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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