Discover The Mai Tai Recipe And Delight Your Guests
The Mai Tai is a very famous cocktail drink that became quite popular in the 1950’s and the 1960’s. This drink is ideal for treating your guests who are fond of rum.
This cocktail is popular in restaurants all over the world especially in the Tiki-themed bars or restaurants. The Mai Tai was also popularized in the famous “Blue Hawaii” film that starred Elvis Presley.
The Mai Tai is an alcoholic cocktail that was invented by Trader Vic in his restaurant in Oakland, California. The name of this drink really has an interesting story behind it and it all started when a friend of Trader Vic tasted this concoction and exclaimed, “ Maita’I roa” in joy.
The name of this drink means “simply too good”. In the present times there are many interesting variations of the drink and they differ from the traditional Mai Tai recipe. Both the traditional and the variations of the drink are widely popular around the world.
The drink is synonymous with the Tiki culture of both the past and the present. Every Tiki gathering focuses on the Mai Tai drink is some way.
There are many tikiphiles who are very particular and meticulous about making the drink and they always insist that it should be prepared as per the traditional recipe for Mai Tai created by Trader Vic.
Since 2008, Trader Vic’s chain of restaurants has started to open small establishments popularly known as the Mai Tai bars that serve appetizers or pupus and cocktails.
The Mai Tai is one that is largely misunderstood as many people misinterpret as a tropical cocktail that is simply made of fruit juice. Many people do not know that it is a rum based drink.
This confusion arises from a hotel in the Hawaii that modified the original formula in 1950. There are some bartenders who add pineapple juice to the concoction and turn it into a drink called the Maui Mai Tai. There are others that have added orange juice and the drink totally y differed from the original recipe of Mai Tai.
The Traditional Mai Tai Recipe
- 2 oz rum over shaved ice
- Fresh lime juice
- 1/2oz of Orange Curacao
- ½ oz French Garnier Orgeat Syrup
- ½ oz Rock Candy by Trader Vic’s
- A sprig of fresh mint
Pour the rum over shaved ice in a glass and add the juice of a lime. Mix all the ingredients in the shaker and shake it vigorously. To complete this Mai Tai recipe, serve with a sprig of fresh mint.