Victor Bergeron – Trader Vic – created this drink back in the 40s, and is quoted in the 1947 edition of his Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide as saying, “Anyone who says that I didn’t create this drink is a dirty stinker.”
When I visited Trader Vic’s in Beverly Hills, I watched their skilled mixologists closely to try to learn the secrets of this drink (shaved ice is key here, kids) but I recently found the recipe online here.
When made properly, the Mai Tai is a smooth, slightly sweet, and potent concoction – and well worthy of our sophisticated palates (heh).
Mai Tai Print Me
- 1.5 oz Appleton V/X rum
- ½ oz Smith and Cross rum
- 1¼ oz fresh lime juice
- ½ oz orange curaçao (I use Grand Marnier)
- ½ oz orgeat (almond syrup)
- ¼ oz 2:1 simple syrup
- Shake ingredients with ice and strain into an old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Recipe printed courtesy of jeffreymorgenthaler.com