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Mai Tai Cocktail

The Polynesian-style alcoholic Mai Tai cocktail stands for the literary translation “very good”, and it indeed is delicious! Created more than 60 years ago, this famous cocktail represents the whole Tiki culture in just one glass – and namely a highball cocktail glass.


Though there are numerous cocktail recipe variations for the Mai Tai, a single one has managed to enter history of famous drinks: the Trader Vic’s one. The Trader Vic’s is a very famous restaurant chain, created by Victor Jules Bergeron, who expanded his Polynesian-themed restaurant throughout the whole American territory. It inspires cooks and bartenders all around the world, due to all the books and articles published along the decades as: Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink, Trader Vic’s Book of Mexican Cooking, Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic, or Trader Vic’s Pacific Island Cookbook.

With an international reputation, Trader Vic’s introduced and paid tribute to the Polynesian culture throughout the numerous food and drink recipes. The Mai Tai cocktail is just one of them. Even though Trader Vic’s rival also claimed to have invented this cocktail, the general opinion is that undoubtedly Victor Jules Bergeron created it for his friends during a trip in Tahiti. He was the one who inspired the cocktail’s name, as he said “Maita'i roa ae!” which stands for “Out of the world! The best”.

Featured in “Blue Hawaii” movie with Elvis Presley, the Mai Tai cocktail became the most popular drink in any respectable Tiki-themed restaurant and bar around the world, and enjoys a great popularity.

Using delicious ingredients, featuring the exotic white rum, dark rum and curaçao, Mai Tai is the cocktail which absolutely needs to be savored and tasted. With the flavored liqueur of curaçao, and its orange bitterness, Mai Tai really deserves its telling name: 'very good'.


These are the main ingredients to create this Polynesian-culture inspired cocktail:

  • 3cl (6 parts) white rum
  • 1.5cl (3 parts) orange curaçao
  • 1.5cl (3 parts) Orgeat syrup - a sweet syrup made from almonds, rose or orange flower water, and sugar
  • 0.5cl (1 part) rock candy syrup
  • 1cl (2 parts) fresh lime juice
  • 3cl (6 parts) dark rum


  • Served on the rocks in a highball cocktail glass and using pineapple spear or lime peels as garnishments, the cocktail needs to have all the ingredients shaken, except for the dark rum.

    Then use a shaker glass to combine the white rum, the curaçao, the Orgeat syrup, the candy syrup and the fresh lime juice with ice, than strain into a glass and only then float the dark rum on the top of the drink. Garnish and serve, you'll be thrilled by the resullts after carefully following the basic tips prepare the perfect cocktail.



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