Retro Tiki Cocktail: The Mai Tai
Classic Mai Tai Recipe
The weekend has arrived and it’s time to kick back and relax. If you’re looking for a great retro style cocktail recipe, we are featuring the classic Mai Tai this week. Donn Beach, the owner of the trendsetting Tiki-style Beachcomber lounges in southern California, claims to be the creator of the Mai Tai cocktail and that he made the first one in 1933. His competitor, Victor Bergron, owner of Trader Vic’s, also claims to have invented the Mai Tai, but in 1944. Either way, Mai Tai’s are here to stay for us to enjoy.
Mai Tai’s are classic fair at Hawaiian luaus and are a delicious accompaniment to Chinese food (especially Pu Pu Platters!). The name “Mai Tai” means, “Good” in Tahitian, but may be an understatement when describing the taste of this drink. Be sure to serve your Mai Tai’s up in authentic retro style with Double Dragon Mai Tai Glasses.
3 ounces white rum
1½ ounces orgeat syrup (an almond syrup)
1½ ounces triple sec
4½ ounces sweet and sour mix
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a Mai Tai glass or tumbler. Garnish with fresh fruit.