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Cocktails are all the rage, and Mai Tai's are one of the most popular. The drink has even starred in a film - Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii. Mai Tai's are the perfect accompaniment for a night where you're going for a vintage and retro style from the 1950's and 1960's.
The story of the Mai Tai
However, the origins of the Mai Tai go back even further. The most popular tale is that it was invented at Trade Vic's restaurant in Oakland, California. The year was 1944 and the bar's owner, Victor J Bergeron, had some friends over from Tahiti.
He made a drink for them based on rum, curacao, orange syrup and lime juice. When his friend Carrie Guild tasted it, she said "Maita'i roa ae!' (The best!). Convinced by this, Trader Vic began selling Mai Tai's with his special recipe.
His claim to creating Mai Tai's did not go unrecognised. A rival bar - Don the Beachcomber - claimed it had developed Mai Tai's in 1933.
Take your pick as to which you prefer, as the two recipes have different tastes, and Trader Vic's recipe is much simpler. Over the years, many variations on the Mai Tai cocktail have been created but the most popular is still very similar to that of Trader Vic.
So how do you make a Mai Tai?
For a start, take a tumbler and have plenty of ice at hand.
The most popular version of the Mai Tai cocktail recipe involves:
- 4 cl white rum
- 2 cl dark rum
- 1.5 cl orange curacao
- 1.5 cl Orgeat syrup
- 1 cl fresh lime juice
Put everything except the dark rum into a mixer with some ice. Shake together. Then strain the cocktail into a glass and add the dark rum so that it floats on top. Garnish the cocktail with lime halves, edible flowers or paper umbrellas. Serve with a straw.
Give it a fun appearance; after all this is relaxing Hawaiian drink.
When to enjoy the Mai Tai
This is a great drink to enjoy when dressed up vintage style and wanting to create the fun atmosphere of the 1950's or early 1960's. If you fancy hosting a cocktail party of your own, now you can impress your friends with your background knowledge.