The Story Behind The Five-Spiced Mai Tai
The classic Mai Tai always makes me feel like I’m on a beach somewhere. This variation has a tropical twist, made with a five-spice-infused syrup that combines Szechuan pepper, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, and a little fennel seed.
I also use some orange juice in this concoction to add sweetness. I balance it with aromatic bitters on top, in place of dark rum.