The Mai Tai

Invented in 1944 by Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron. He recounts it was served to some friends from Tahiti, who promptly proclaimed"Mai Tai, Roa Ae!", which in Tahitian means"Out of this world, the best!".Mr. Bergeron was so put out by all of the various lounges that claimed to be the birthplace of the Mai Tai, that he contacted the friends he originally made his concoction for and had them sign an affidavit attesting to its origins. The drink can also include Pineapple, Orange Juice, and other fruity additives to increase its tropical flair.

  • 30ml light rum
  • 30ml gold rum
  • 15ml orange curacao
  • 15ml Almond Syrup or Amaretto
  • 15ml fresh lime juice
  • 30ml dark rum

  • Method: Shake all but the dark rum with ice. Strain into old fashioned glass. Top with the dark rum. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. Note: Always use fresh lime juice. The float of dark rum on the top is an important addition, so be sure you use straws.
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