1 oz Cachaça (Cuca Fresca) (*)
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Orgeat
6 drop Absinthe (Herbsaint)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a Tiki mug or Double Old Fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.
(*) Can substitute another sugar cane eau de vie like Rhum Agricole.
After wrapping up my last bar shift before Tales of the Cocktail, I needed to celebrate with a drink. After flipping through Beachbum Berry's Remixed, I got frustrated and decided to act on a Mai Tai variation idea of mine that called for passion fruit syrup instead of triple sec. Moreover, I wanted to add light touches of absinthe and Angostura Bitters spice to the mix to give the drink further depth. For rums, I split the difference with a dark rich rum and a grassy cachaça. As a name, I decided to keep the lingual roots of the Mai Tai and went with the Tahitian word for "Cheers!/To your health!", Manuia (Mah-nwee-ah).