Mai Tai Cocktail

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  • 4 cl White Rum
  • 2 cl Dark Rum
  • 1,5 cl Orange Curaćao
  • 1,5 cl Orgeat syrup
  • 1 cl Fresh lime juice
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How to make it

  1. Shake all ingredients and strain into highball glass. 
  2. Garnish with a pineapple spear, mint leaves and lime peel. 
  3. Serve with a straw.

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History of the cocktail

The fruity, tropical Mai Tai is another cocktail with conflicting stories of origin. The drink, which is made of a mixture of white and gold rum, pineapple juice, orange and/or lime juice, is of American origin despite its Polynesian name.

The favoured history, however, is that the drink was first created by Victor Bergeron, better known as “Trader Vic” who invented the cocktail at the Polynesian-style restaurant in Oakland, California that bore his name.

Supposedly, Bergeron created the first Mai Tai in honour of some friends who were visiting from Tahiti in 1944. After mixing rum with just the right combination of fruit juices and orange-flavoured liqueur, he served the new cocktail to his friends who cried out, “Maitai roa!” (which literally means “very good”), and the cocktail was born. However, like most popular cocktails, the Mai Tai’s history is not without controversy.

Trader Vic’s amicable rival, founding father of tiki restaurants, bars and clubs Donn Beach (of Don the Beachcomber restaurants), also claims to have created in the first Mai Tai in 1933 at his newly opened restaurant in Hollywood. Donn Beach (the founder legally changed his name after the success of his tiki restaurant chain) is known as the originator of Polynesian style restaurants that became a popular culture craze following WWII.

While both men claim to be the original creator of this drink, the Mai Tai’s huge popularity can be mostly owed to both men, who sold the drinks in their wildly popular restaurant chains and forever associated the fruity drink with Hawaii – despite its California origins.

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