Trader Vic Mai Tai Cocktail


The invention of the mai tai is credited to a California restaurateur known as Trader Vic. 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.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1 cup crushed ice

  • 1 lime

  • 2 fluid ounces 17-year old J. Wray & Nephew Jamaican rum

  • ½ fluid ounce French Garnier orgeat

  • ½ fluid ounce orange curaçao liqueur

  • ¼ fluid ounce rock candy syrup

  • 1 cup ice

  • 1 sprig fresh mint


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

  2. Cut lime in half. Juice both halves into a cocktail shaker. Set one rind aside for serving; discard the other.

  3. Add rum, orgeat, curaçao, and rock candy syrup to the cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup ice, cover, and shake until chilled.

  4. Place the reserved lime rind into the chilled rocks glass. Strain in mai tai and float mint sprig on the edge of the glass.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
0g Fat
28g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 21mg 107%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 80mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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