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Mai Tai

Updated February 23, 2016

This was created by Victor Bergeron at his California restaurant, Trader Vic’s, in the 1940s. Too often, Mai Tais are served in really large glasses and don’t truly do service to the original drink.

When made with premium ingredients and kept to a reasonable size, this drink will live up to its name, which means “out of this world” in Tahitian. If you cannot find orgeat, use amaretto in its place.GLASSWARE: Rocks glasses

STRAIGHT UP: Orgeat syrup is made from almonds and sugar. Very sweet, with a strong almond flavor, orgeat enhances many cocktails, most famously the mai tai. It is sometimes called almond syrup and is available online through sites that carry syrups.

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 15 minutes

OccasionCocktail Party

Recipe Coursebeverage

Moodfestive

Taste and Texturefruity, nutty, tart

Type of Dishalcoholic beverage, cocktails

Ingredients

  • Ice for serving
  • 4 ounces dark rum
  • 1½ ounces triple sec
  • 1½ ounces fresh lime juice (from 1 to 1½ limes)
  • ½ ounce orgeat (see Straight Up) or amaretto
  • 2 fresh mint leaves for garnish
  • 2 lime wedges for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill the rocks glasses with ice.

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the first 4 ingredients. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat.

  3. Strain into the rocks glasses, top each glass with a mint leaf and a lime wedge, and serve.

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