Orchard Mai Tai

This post is sponsored by Augustum liqueur. All opinions and content are my own. You can read more about the Augustum story here.

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Introducing Augustum liqueur

I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to Augustum liqueur via the liqueur’s creator, William C. Bobbs III. Bobbs began experimenting with unique custom liqueurs as a side project while he was a rum distiller in Michigan. As is often the case, a happy accident led Bobbs to the recipe that would eventually become Augustum. The liqueur’s unique apple, cinnamon, and cherry flavor was an immediate hit in the tasting room, and soon the demand was more than a small distillery could handle.

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What does Augustum taste like?

The name “Augustum” is a portmanteau of the words august (meaning great), and gustum (meaning taste). Augustum can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails. Because of my pregnancy, the other half of the Moody Mixologist team, my husband Jeff, has taken over sample and recipe taste-testing duties. He can be quite picky, so I was really intrigued when he raved about the flavor of Augustum, which he describes as a blend of orchard fruit and cinnamon with notes of toasted almond and a very smooth finish. Augustum is also a quite potent liqueur at 80 proof, and not overly sweet, tasting about half as sweet as some of our sweetest creme liqueurs. These characteristics make it a very versatile ingredient when crafting cocktails. A liqueur that can both fortify and sweeten without overpowering can be used in larger measures, making for more interesting and complex mixed drinks.

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Knowing that Augustum was born in a rum distillery, I wanted to see how it’s fruit and spice notes would work with an aged Jamaican rum. My Orchard Mai Tai pairs Augustum with cherry, lime, and almond, emphasizing the liqueur’s orchard fruit flavors in a season-less cocktail. Although Augustum is flavored with apple and cinnamon, don’t mistake it for a one-note, fall-themed liqueur. The flavors are subtle and well blended with a hint of cherry, making it easy to enjoy in both warm and cool weather cocktails.

You can learn more about Augustum here!

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orchard mai tai cocktail in a double rocks glass over crushed ice garnished with mint

Orchard Mai Tai

Amy Traynor
This variation on the classic rum cocktail uses Augustum liqueur, adding subtle flavors of apple, cinnamon, and cherry.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 oz aged rum (I used Appleton Estate)
  • 1 oz Augustum liqueur
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 oz orgeat
  • 1/4 oz Cherry Heering (You could substitute another cherry liqueur)

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with a couple of pieces of ice.
  • Shake until the ice dissolves, then open pour into a double rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
  • Stir, top with more crushed ice, then garnish with a sprig of mint.

Notes

Orgeat is an almond and orange blossom flavored syrup used in many classic cocktails. You can purchase high quality orgeat from brands like Liber & Co. If you’d like to make you own instead, visit my Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Syrups for full recipe details!
Cheery Heering is a cherry liqueur featured in many famous cocktails like the Singapore Sling. For this recipe, you can substitute with another high quality liqueur if you’re not able to find this specific brand.
Keyword Augustum liqueur, Cherry Heering, lime juice, orgeat, rum,
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