According to the Trader Vic’s drinks menu, the recipe for this cocktail, with its name evocative of morning-after woes, comes from Sheppard’s Hotel in Cairo.

Yield: makes 2 Cocktails


  • 2 flat wide cucumber spears
  • 2 limes
  • 8 oz. Trader Vic’s mai tai mix
  • 2 oz. light rum
  • 2 oz. gold rum
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • Mint


  1. Score flesh side of cucumber spears in a diamond pattern and set aside.
  2. Rinse limes in warm running water, then halve them. Juice limes, reserving 2 of the spent halves.
  3. Put lime juice, mai tai mix, and rums into a cocktail shaker with plenty of crushed ice and shake well.
  4. Strain into two 14-oz. old-fashioned glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish each glass with a cucumber spear, a reserved lime half, and a sprig of fresh mint.