The creation of the Mai Tai is typically credited to Trader Vic’s, Los Angeles’s famed tiki bar, claiming to have created it in 1944. However, this tropical cult-classic cocktail origins are debated. Its name is attributed to the Tahitian word “maita’i,” which means “good” or “excellent”. However, the drink is typically spelled as two words or hyphenated.
When made upright, the Mai Tai is an “excellent” rum based cocktail. So forget the syrupy prefab mixes and opt for authentically fresh ingredients. It joins the Rum Swizzle and Zombie as multi-rum tropical cocktails.
RHUM AGRICOLE, White
DARK RUM, Preferably aged 10+ years
ORANGE LIQUEUR, Or orange curaçao
LIME JUICE, Fresh is best
ORGEAT SYRUP, Or almond syrup or amaretto
1. Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker
2. Add ice and shake until chilled
3. Strain over crushed ice into a rocks glass
4. Garnish with a lime wheel and sprig of mint (optional)
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