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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 cocktail
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a rocks glass with 1 cup crushed ice. Set aside in the freezer.

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  • 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.

  • 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

255 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 27.6g 9% DV; fat 0.2g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 17.9mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2014
If your looking for French Garnier Orgeat.............try "Orgeat White Almond Syrup. made by Fee Brothers. It can be found in most Liquor Store. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2014
If your looking for French Garnier Orgeat.............try "Orgeat White Almond Syrup. made by Fee Brothers. It can be found in most Liquor Store. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2016
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 profile to see my Mai Tai Rum Blend recipe. I agree with The Lobster Lady: use Fee Brothers Ogeat for any cocktail calling for this ingredient. Do garnish with the spent lime shell - the oils from the lime skin add to the drink. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2013
Well done. Could not find French Garnier Orgeat but I will be on the lookout. Thanks for a proper Mai Tai recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2019
Yes! This is how a mai tai should be made! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2018
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. Read More
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