California bar-owner Trader Vic handed this concoction to a Tahitian friend in 1944 who took one sip and proclaimed, "Mai tai, roa ae," or, in English, "Out of this world, the best!"
Step 1: Chill glass Chill the Old-Fashioned glass by filling it with ice and water, and set it aside.
Tip For an authentic Tiki presentation, serve this in a Tiki glass or Tiki mug.
Step 2: Fill shaker Fill the shaker with ice.
Step 3: Add rum & triple sec Add 1 oz. of dark rum. Now add 1 oz. of light rum, and drop in ½ oz of triple sec
Step 4: Add juice & syrups Add 1 oz. of lime juice. Add ¼ z of orgeate syrup. Finally add ½ oz. of simple syrup.
Tip To make simple syrup, simply boil two parts sugar to one part water for about 10 minutes. You can store extra in the fridge indefinitely, so make a lot.
Step 5: Shake Shake vigorously until the shaker is very cold.
Step 6: Fill with ice Empty the Old-Fashioned glass and refill it about half way with ice.
Step 7: Strain into glass Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass.
Tip For extra garnish use your dejuiced limes, or a sprig of mint, or a pineapple spear.
Step 8: Garnish Garish with a cherry, and serve.
Did You Know? The original Mai Tai recipe called for a 17-year-old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum. As the drink's popularity soared and the company ran out of this vintage, the recipe was tweaked several times.