About the Traditional Mai Tai Cocktail
In Tahitian, “Mai Tai” means “The best—out of this world,” as exclaimed by the first person to taste Trader Vic’s original version. The iconic tiki drink was created to showcase the flavor of good quality rum, and should never be neon-colored or overly sweet. A proper Mai Tai is a deep amber hue and allows the rum to shine through.
Ingredients in the Traditional Mai Tai Cocktail
- .75 oz Fresh lime juice
- .25 oz Rock candy syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
- .25 oz Orgeat almond syrup
- .5 oz Orange Curaçao
- 2 oz Premium aged rum (Appleton Estate 12-Year-Old, El Dorado 12- Year-Old)
Garnish: Lime rind and fresh mint sprig
Glass: Double Old Fashioned
How to make the Traditional Mai Tai Cocktail
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with crushed ice. Shake vigorously until the shaker is well-chilled and frosty on the outside. Pour (unstrained) into a double Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with half of a juiced lime and a fresh mint sprig.