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Trader Vic Mai Tai Cocktail

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"California restaurateur Trader Vic is credited with invention of the mai tai. He served the rum and juice cocktail to friends visiting from Tahiti, who exclaimed, 'Maita'i roa ae!' The term translates to 'very good' and the name mai tai stuck."
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10 m servings 254
Original recipe yields 1 servings (1 cocktail)


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  1. Fill a rocks glass with 1 cup crushed ice. Set aside in the freezer.
  2. Combine rum, orgeat, orange Curacao, rock candy syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into the chilled rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with half of the lime shell inside the drink and float a sprig of fresh mint on the edge of the glass.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 254 calories; 0.2 27.6 0.6 0 18 Full nutrition

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If your looking for French Garnier Orgeat.............try "Orgeat White Almond Syrup. made by Fee Brothers. It can be found in most Liquor Store.

This is the original recipe described in Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide (Revised, c. 1972). The 17-year J. Wray Nephew rum has not been available for decades. For a substitute, visit my profil...

Yes! This is how a mai tai should be made!

I made this with Captain Morgan’s Black Spiced Rum since it was on hand and it was delicious. Definitely a keeper and I can wait to try it out on friends.

Well done. Could not find French Garnier Orgeat, but I will be on the lookout. Thanks for a proper Mai Tai recipe.