Happy National Mai Tai Day!

And what could be more refreshing than a Mai Tai on June 30th? Truth be told, I didn't actually create this drink - I researched a bunch of recipes and found this Wiki version. I chose this one because the ingredients are readily available. If you feel like branching out, I've given you two more drink options to dabble with. Have fun!

Version One:
2 ounces aged rum
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, juiced lime half reserved
1/2 ounce orange curaƧao
1/4 ounce rock candy syrup (sold with the alcoholic beverages)
1/4 ounce orgeat (sweet syrup made with almonds and sugar – also sold with the alcoholic beverages)
1 cup crushed ice
1 sprig mint, for garnish

Version Two - Unstirred:
1 ounce light rum
1/2 oz creme de almond
1/2 oz triple sec
Sweet and sour mix
Pineapple juice
1/2 ounce dark rum

Pour light rum, creme de almond and triple sec, in order, into a glass. Almost fill with equal parts sweet and sour mix and pineapple juice. Add dark rum, a large straw, and serve unstirred.

Version Three:
2 ounces light rum
1 ounce triple sec
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon almond syrup, orgeat or 1 drop almond extract
1 tablespoon grenadine
1 tablespoon lime juice
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Pineapple wedge for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
Strain into large glass half-filled with fresh, crushed ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a pineapple wedge.