I know it’s the first day of October and all and I should probably be going ga-ga for pumpkin spice everything (and I do happen to have a pretty bomb pumpkin recipe on the way, so stay tuned), but the truth is it’s literally 90 degrees in Santa Barbara today. Ninety.
Where are you Fall?!?
So pretty much all I crave at the moment are popsicles, Pinkberry and refreshing cocktails, which brings me to this Tangerine Kombucha Mai Tai- a tropical concoction with a twist.
It’s pretty much your standard mai tai but I swapped out the o.j. for tangerine flavored kombucha. I’ve always wanted to play around with kombuchas as cocktail mixers because I drink them all the time anyway, so why not add a little healthy boost to your cocktail? It adds a subtle bubbly/effervescent quality to the drink, which I am totally into.
I also made a ridiculously easy simple syrup to replace the traditional orgeat that is usually found in a mai tai because let’s be honest, who really keeps that stuff lying around the house? NO ONE. The result is a unique yet familiar drink that I can happily sip on until Fall decides to show it’s face in Cali.
Tangerine Kombucha Mai Tai
This Tangerine Kombucha Mai Tai is a bright and tropical fizzy cocktail that boasts the health benefits of kombucha that we all love!
- 1 ounce dark rum
- 1 ounce light rum
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 2 ounces tangerine kombucha substitute tangerine or orange juice if you can't find
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
- 1/2 ounce almond simple syrup recipe below or orgeat
- Sprigs of mint for garnish
- Tangerine slices for garnish
- Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake gently. Strain into glass and garnish with mint and tangerine.
Almond Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool completely before using. Makes about 1/2 cup.
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