Classic Mai Tai
1 ¼ oz (38 ml) dark rum
1 oz (30 ml) English dark or amber rum
½ oz (15 ml) orange liqueur
½ oz (15 ml) orgeat syrup
¾ oz (23 ml) fresh lime juice
Lime and mint (to garnish)
In a shaker, mix all the ingredients with ice.
Strain through a fine sieve into a glass fitted with an ice cube.
Decorate with a sprig of mint and the half-lime squeezed into a dome shape.
About our Classic Mai Tai
Let's give back to Vic what (probably) belongs to Vic, the self-proclaimed creator of the Mai Tai. Victor Bergeron, bartender and owner of Trader Vic in Oakland, California, claims the authorship of this cocktail. He would have created it in 1944, when America was in full Tiki madness. The name would come from the exclamation of one of her friends of Hawaiian origin who, tasting the cocktail, would have launched in Tahitian "Maita'i roa ae!" , which means “it's amazing – it's the best”. It's hard not to agree with her!