The Mai Tai has a storied past. If you care, read about it here. Invented by the infamous Trader Vic, this drink has been bastardized over the decades. In searching for the perfect Mai Tai it took a while to find the correct recipe. Granted, mine is not the orginal. But it is very close in spirit and excecution. I think you will like it. Unlike other recipes you may find I am including the Original Trader Vic recipe below. Judge for yourself how different mine is, and how much more different some others are.
- 1 oz Jamacian Rum (Appleton Estate is my current preference)
- 1 oz Light Rum (Cruzan Light Aged is my current preference)
- 3/4 oz Cointreau
- 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
- 3/4 oz Orgeat (Almond Syrup)
- Cruzan Black Strap Rum (Optional)
- Mint Sprig
Combine all ingredients except the Black Strap Rum and the Mint into a shaker filled with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Optionally float some Cruzan Black Strap Rum on top (not too much). Garnish with a sprig of mint.
- Trader Vic's Original Mai Tai Recipe:
- Pour only 80 proof J. Wray & Nephew Rum over shaved ice.
- Add juice from half a fresh lime.
- Some orange curacao.
- A dash of rock candy syrup.
- A dollop of French orgeat.
- Shake vigorously.
- Add a sprig of fresh mint.
Notice the absence of ratios. They don't sell J. Wray & Nephew Rum at my liquor stores, so I use what I have and like. You can see a near one to one of ingredients from Vic's to mine. Keep in mind that rock candy syrup is sugar water with a ratio of 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. I have simple syrup (1 part sugar to 1 part water) on hand, so it's an easy substition. Floating the Black Strap Rum came to me after I perfected my Mai Tai. I had the rum on hand and was curious if it would add something. I liked it. Use at your own discretion.