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“The basis for this drink is a very classic cocktail—it’s a rendition of a Mai Tai,” says James Shields of NYC’s Villanelle. “But we wanted to make something that wasn’t just a really good Mai Tai, but something we could hang our hat on.” Made with homemade orgeat and falernum, the elegant take on the Benihana standby gets a stiff kick in the glass from overproof rum, potent Batavia Arrack and a float of dark, black spiced rum. Appropriately, the edgy take on a cocktail often considered to be a “girly” drink is named after a poem written by a very un-girly female icon, Sylvia Plath.

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.75 oz Batavia Arrack
.5 oz Rum
.5 oz Orgeat
.5 oz spiced rum
Mint sprig, for garnish


  • Combine orgeat, falernum, batavia arrack and white rum in a shaker with ice and shake.
  • Strain into a large wine glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Float spiced rum on top. Garnish with a sprig of mint.