Mai Tai

from The Craft of the Cocktail

  • 2 ounces Aged Rum
  • .75 ounce Curaçao
  • .75 ounce Lime Juice
  • .25 ounce Orgeat
  • 2 sprigs Mint (Garnish)
  • wedge Lime (Garnish)

Shake the ingredients well with ice and strain into an old- fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with the mint sprigs and wedge of lime.

The Mai Tai was created in 1944 by Victor Bergeron at his famed bar Trader Vic's in Emeryville, California, to take advantage of some good sixteen-year-old Jamaican rum he had around. Victor often said it was one of the finest drinks he'd ever concocted. When he made the drink the first time, he served it to his friends from Tahiti, Ham and Carrie Guild. After tasting the drink, Carrie raised her glass and said, "Mai tai roa ae," which means "out of this world" or "the best" in Tahitian. "That's the name of the drink," replied Bergeron. This is another sour-formula drink, and in this case the sweet ingredients are orange curaçao and orgeat or orzata syrup. Don't over-use the strong flavor of orgeat, which should be subtle.