Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

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Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

As the story goes, Bergeron created a new cocktail for a friend visiting from Tahiti when he was at Trader Vic’s. Jamaican J., 17, was one of the names he used. I mixed Ray Nephew rum with fresh lime and orange curaçao from Holland, a dash of rock candy syrup, and a dollop of French orgeat, and garnished It was the Tahitian who pronounced, “Mai Tai-Roa Ae” (“Out of this world-Best!”), that gave Bergeron the name of his cocktail. An interesting reason for the beverage’s name is that it first appeared in Oakland, California, as part of Trader Vic’s original location in 1944. The mai tai is one of Victor Bergeron’s most famous creations, which was one of the original tiki cocktail bar’s signature drinks. He was famous for his rum cocktails, including various types of rum. There is no doubt that this recipe is an adaptation of the original mai tai recipe. The mai tai is a tropical rum cocktail that is iconic. In fact, it’s grown so popular that it’s been remade numerous times, usually with tons of fruit and in a wide array In the majority of cases, the variations are entirely different from the original recipe (which, on the other hand, no one can really agree upon.

It’s a great summer drink no matter what the mix or whether you stick with the classic rum cocktail or try one of the tropical fruit varieties (or try them all). It was well known that Bergeron and the other tiki bartenders held all their recipes close to their chest. While their original recipes probably have been tweaked a few times by now, even if their secret was finally revealed a while back. A mai tai cocktail was an original rum cocktail given the mai tai name by countless tropical bars to increase their sales.


  • A syrup made from almonds and orange flower water is called Orgeat. Though almond syrup does not have the floral citrus taste that makes orgeat special, it is still a good substitute.
  • Several tropical cocktails include the lime shell as an unusual citrus garnish. With a reamer, the lime half is hollowed out partially to create a bowl that floats on top of When you squeeze the lime for the cocktail, you can use it.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe is 4 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe is 860 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.

Tools needed

  • cocktail shaker


  • old-fashioned glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 1 oz Jamaican dark rum
  • 1/2 oz orange curaçao liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orgeat syrup
  • 1 oz rhum agricole
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • lime shell and fresh mint sprig (for garnish)

Steps to Make It

  • Pour the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with about 2 cups of crushed ice. Shake it well.
  • Instead of straining, pour it into an old-fashioned glass.
  • Finish it by garnishing with a lime shell sunk into the ice with a sprig of fresh mint.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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