Mai Tai (from Trader Vic's)

Mai Tai (from Trader Vic's) Recipe

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Vickie Parks


This is my favorite Mai Tai recipe from Trader Vic's. Who first created it is a long-held debate. Donn Beach (a former Depression-era bootlegger) opened a Polynesian tiki bar, Don The Beachcomber Café, in San Francisco in 1933. In the late 1930s, Victor J. Bergeron opened another Polynesian restaurant in San Francisco, Trader Vic's. It was very popular, and many more Trader Vic's opened up throughout the west. Both claim to have created the Mai Tai. But there were more Trader Vic's at the height of their success, which gave it an edge in being credited as the creator of the Mai Tai cocktail.

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5 Min
No-Cook or Other


1 oz
amber martinique rum
1 oz
dark jamaican rum
1 oz
fresh lime juice
1/2 oz
orgeat syrup (or any almond syrup - i use my torani almond syrup for coffee, and it works well)
1/2 oz
crushed ice
1 sprig(s)
fresh mint - optional garnish
lime wedge - optional garnish
maraschino cherry - optional garnish

How to Make Mai Tai (from Trader Vic's)


  • 1Add all ingredients (except garnishes) to a cocktail shaker, and shake well.
  • 2Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
  • 3Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, lime wedge, and maraschino cherry, if desired. You can also float a quick splash of dark rum on top of cocktail when serving.

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About Mai Tai (from Trader Vic's)

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: Hawaiian/Polynesian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy