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Forget your assumptions about this tiki bars classic: Well-made versions of mai tais in NYC are complex, imminently drinkable, and have nary a paper umbrella in sight (well, most of the time). It’s also one of the ultimate summer drinks, owing to its traditional pairing of rum and curaçao with enigmatic almond-based orgeat syrup. Head to rooftop bars and even a speakeasy to find New York’s tastiest versions.
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