This week, we're featuring the legendary tiki classic, the Mai Tai. This quintessential tiki cocktail boasts a simple yet delectable list of ingredients, making it the perfect introduction to the world of tiki drinks. In 1944, Victor J. Bergeron, also known as Trader Vic, created the Mai Tai to showcase a 17-year-old Jamaican rum for his friends. Legend has it that the cocktail was so well-received that one friend reportedly exclaimed, "Maita'i roa a'e!", which translates to "Out of this world! The best!" Thus, Trader Vic named his creation "Mai Tai", signifying "the best."
(Originally published 4/21/23)
3 oz. Aged Rum
¾ oz. Dry Curacao Liqueur
1 oz. Lime Juice
½ oz. Orgeat Syrup
⅓ oz. Rich Sugar Syrup (2 bar spoons)
Mint for garnish
This version is a bit boozier than some recipes so feel free to adjust based on your rum ABV and personal preference.
Orgeat is often used in small quantities, but it can add depth and complexity to cocktails, enhancing their flavors and taking them to new heights.
Did you know you can make your own orgeat? Check out these quick DIY tutorials from Steve the Bartender and The Educated Barfly. Both recipes are easy to follow and provide an excellent base for any flavor infusions you want to experiment with. If you don't have the time to make your own, Liber & Co's Orgeat Syrup is an excellent premade option.