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Mai Tai

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Classic Tiki cocktail created by 'Trader' Vic Bergeron

Created by ‘Trader Vic’ one evening in 1944 while entertaining two friends from Tahiti (Ham & Carrie Guild).  Having tried the drink Carrie exclaimed “Mai tai roa ae” meaning ‘out of this world - the best!”.  This drink became part of the running battle of words between Vic and his Tiki nemesis Don Beach, the later also claiming he invented it.

Vic later wrote in his Bartenders Guide “Anybody who says I didn’t invent this drink is a dirty stinker”.

 

How to make a Mai Tai cocktail at home

Ingredients

  • 60ml High Quality Gold Rum (Think Bacardi 8 Year Old or Appleton's VX)
  • 15ml Orange Curacao (Use Cointreau if you're fresh out of Curacao)
  • 30ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 15ml Orgeat (Almond) Syrup
  • 5ml Rock Candy Syrup (Sugar syrup will do the job at a push)
  • Garnish - A tiki lime wedge and large mint sprig (but anything exotic will do, pineapple, cherries etc)

Instructions

  • Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker
  • Fill both the shaker and a rocks glass or tiki mug with ice
  • Shake the mixture
  • Strain into the glass
  • Top off with a small amount of crushed ice
  • Add the garnish
  • Out of this world!
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