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How to Make a Mai Tai

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.
  • FACT: 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.

You Will Need

  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. orgeat syrup
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • A maraschino cherry
  • Some ice
  • A measuring jigger
  • A cocktail shaker
  • And an Old-Fashioned glass

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