You Don't Need To Hit A Tiki Bar To Make The UItimate Mai Tai

Silly, fun, and tasty AF, there's always a time and place for a tiki cocktail. However, there's one tiki elixir that reigns supreme: the Mai Tai. Invented by the legendary Trader Vic in the 1940s, this rum cocktail has it's own beachy vibe that continues to capture the hearts of cocktail enthusiasts worldwide. Just because the Mai Thai is a specialty cocktail, doesn't mean you have to go to a tiki bar to enjoy one. Surprise! Making one at home is easier than you think. Here's how.

Mai Tai Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Dark Rum
  • 1/2 oz Light Rum
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup
  • Crushed Ice
  • Mint Sprig and Lime Wheel

How To Make A Mai Tai

  1. Fill a shaker with crushed ice.
  2. Pour in all ingredients and shake vigorously until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a tiki or rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wheel.

To elevate your Mai Tai, use premium aged rums for a richer and more complex flavor profile. It's like sipping a piece of tiki history.

Mai Thai Riff

For an unexpected twist on the classic Mai Tai, substitute gin for rum. This variation brings gin's botanicals into the tiki scene, infusing the drink with a delightful herbaceous complexity.

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