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Mai Tai

Mai Tai cocktail
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The Mai Tai is perhaps the most famous Tiki cocktail for a good reason. Trader Vic’s is credited with inventing the drink, and the first person to try it was said to cry out “Mai Tai!” which means “the best—out of this world” in Tahitian. The Mai Tai cocktail took a star turn by earning a prominent role in the Elvis film "Blue Hawaii."

The Mai Tai drink was created as a way to showcase the flavors of good-quality rum. It should never be neon-colored or overly sweet. A proper Mai Tai allows the rum to shine through with the other ingredients.


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  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 3/4 ounce orange curaçao
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce orgeat
  • 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • Garnish: lime wheel
  • Garnish: mint sprig


  1. Add the white rum, curaçao, lime juice and orgeat into a shaker with crushed ice and shake lightly (about 3 seconds).

  2. Pour into a double Old Fashioned glass.

  3. Float the dark rum over top.

  4. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.