Trader Vic’s Mai Tai
There are actually 2 different sources, claiming to be the inventor of the original Mai Tai. Tiki bar and Polynesian restaurant owner, Don The Beachcomber, called his in the early 30’s invented drink the “Mai Tai Swizzle”. But it never really became a bestseller.
But when Victor “Trader Vic” Bergeron served his own version of a Mai Tai, for some friends at his home, in the 40’s – a real classic was born.
While I don’t really care where this drink comes from, I care a lot about the fact, that this tiki cocktail will always bring you some Kalea (Hawaiian for bright, to bring joy).
If you don’t have access to the Mai Tai Mix or a lot of time on your hand, you can always create your own sugar syrup, by just mixing:
- ¼ cup of sugar into 2 tablespoons of hot water
- add ½ a teaspoon of almond extract
- add 1 teaspoon of orange extract.
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If I don’t have Mai Tai Mix at hand, I like to mix the crushed ice with Orgeat, Orange Curaçao, lime juice and white rum and then add the dark rum on top as a float. This version is less sweet, but I usually use a bit more rum and my hubby loves me for that!
You can also try Amaretto instead of the Orgeat. And if you like it the more tropical way, or you just want to drink less of the hard stuff, add some pineapple and orange juice.
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