How to Make a Mai Tai





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Published on Jul 9, 2008

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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