How to Make Mai Tiki’s Big Sexy Goombay

Ferndale’s Mai Tiki shares a recipe for their gin-based Big Sexy Goombay cocktails.
Photograph by Rebecca Simonov

Mai Tiki is a speakeasy-style bar hidden behind a door in Ferndale’s TigerLily sushi restaurant that serves a variety of bar food alongside both modern and classic tiki drinks. One of those drinks is the gin-based Big Sexy Goombay, which you can make at home with this easy recipe.


  • 1 1/2 ounces McQueen and the Violet Fog gin
  • 1/2 ounce Flor de Caña (seco)
  • 1/4 ounce Wray and Nephew (white rum)
  • 1 ounce orgeat syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces mango juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces guava juice
  • 6 dashes angostura bitters
  • Pebble ice
  • Garnish: sugar cube, lemon extract, lime wheel, mint leaf


  1. Add all of the ingredients, plus 8 to 10 ice pebbles, to a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
  2. Pour out with ice into a mug. Add more ice to fill the mug and top with a mint leaf and lime wheel.
  3. Add lemon extract to the sugar cube and place on top of the lime wheel. Light the sugar cube on fire and allow the sugar cube to burn out before serving/drinking.

This story is from the January 2024 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition. Plus, find even more drink recipes like Townhouse Detroit’s Home for the Night and Goodnite Gracie’s Kentucky Buck at