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Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

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Mai Tai Cocktail

Original Mai Tai served in a cocktail glass

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Mai Tai translates from Tahitian to mean "Out of this World" and it is a fitting description for this fun cocktail. The Mai Tai came to light in 1944 in Oakland's Trader Vic's. There, Victor Bergeron, one of the founders of the tiki scene, put together this great drink that deserves to feature the best rums you can get your hands on.

Over the years the recipe has changed greatly, disguising the rum under layers of fruit. The first recipe is Bergeron's 'original' recipe (though at the time it was a well-kept secret, so it could be different), the second is one of the many newer versions.

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Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour all the ingredients except the dark rum into a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass half filled with ice.
  4. Top with the dark rum.
  5. Garnish with the cherry.

Pineapple juice version of the Mai Tai:

  1. Pour all the ingredients except the dark rum into a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass half filled with ice.
  4. Top with the dark rum.
  5. Garnish with the cherry.

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