Mai-Tai Drink Recipe

Crank up the steel drum band and feel like you are in the islands…

There are many Mai Tai drink recipes. Below is just one. Adjust the amounts of rum, use more or less fruit juice to adjust to your taste. Most people agree the dark rum should be floated rather than mixed.

  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1 dash of Grenadine or a cherry
  • 1/2 oz dark rum
  • ice

Mai Tai Drink Directions

  1. add all ingredients except rum in to mixing glass
  2. strain into chilled old-fashion glass
  3. carefully float dark rum
  4. garnish with a cherry
  5. serve with a straw

Non Sequitur

Invented in 1944 by Victor “Trader Vic” Bergeron, when he mixed Jamaican rum, juice from a frsh lime, a few dashes of orange curaco syrup, some french orgeat, and rock candy syrup. As recounted by Trader Vic history, 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out by all of the various lounges that claimed to be the birthplace of the Mai Tai, that he contacted the friends he originally made his concoction for, and had them sign an affidavit attesting to it origins.

More often then not, when you order this cocktail it will also include Pineapple, Orange Juice, and who knows what other fruity additives in an attempt to increase the tropical flair of this drink.

This drink can be made a hundred different ways. Find one you like and enjoy.

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