The Mai Tai by Trader Vic. Undeniably one of the most iconic Tiki cocktails ever invented. Deceptively simple, the Mai Tai just has that X factor that keeps you coming back for more. Without a doubt, thanks to the subtle underpinning of almond orgeat laced throughout. From my experience, Victor Bergeron’s mixological genius was in taking familiar templates and tweaking them just enough to make them new. In contrast to Don the Beachcomber’s more outlandish concoctions, Trader Vic’s concoctions are usually only a few short steps removed from more traditional cocktails, which I previously noted in another review.
1 oz lime juice
1/2 oz Curacao (Cointreau, Triple Sec, etc)
1/4 oz Orgeat
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz dark rum (Jamaican)
1 oz amber rum (Martinique)
- Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a glass filled ice (and half a lime shell). Garnish with mint.