Mai Tai
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About this Cocktail

Created by Vic "Trader Vic" Bergeron in Oakland, CA in the 1940s. Trader Vic, along with Donn Beach, pioneered the Tiki phenomenon of the 1940s and 50s. This recipe is a bit more elaborate than the original, but stays true to the core ingredients and, in my opinion, is tastier.

  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz orange curaçao
  • 1/4 oz apricot brandy
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat
  • 1 tsp simple syrup

Shake and strain into a tiki mug or highball glass that's filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and/or a little paper umbrella.

  • Rob V. Burr
    Why would you add so much to one of the simplest drinks of all time—and the best Tiki drink ever? Orgeat, Curaçao, Lime, Rum, Sugar. It really shouldn't be any harder.
  • Stew Ellington
    "... is tastier."
  • Andy S.
    Why heckle someone who is offering up something for the good of the group? Stew, I'm with you. Tastier indeed.
  • Rob V. Burr
    I'm sorry that anyone took it as heckling, but it's frustrating to see another Mai Tai with apricot brandy, pineapple and oj. Maybe I'm just a tiki purist, but I feel messing with a classic should be done with a bit more... Taste.
  • Stew Ellington
    Somehow, you're still not seeing "Tastier."
  • Rob V. Burr
    Somehow, I doubt you'd maintain that position if you had a properly made original with the right rums. C'est la vie. To each their own.
  • Andy S.
  • Tom Lyberg
    Yep. Tasty.
  • Bjørn
    This looks like an awesome drink! I guess this is asking for a new name though. Obviously not a classic Mai Tai recipe.

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