Mai Tai (Trader Vic’s)

Is the cold getting you down? It seems as if Old Man Winter wants to spend an extra few weeks with us here in the mid-Atlantic. Let us escape to the islands, even if it is only in our glasses!

While gin is the nectar of the gods – and bourbon is the oil to our bodily engines – rum is the elixir that pushes us through winter. Particularly dark rums. Tiki cocktails especially help us manage the cold nights. For that reason, Don the Beachcomber is a famous man in our household. Don Beach arguably created the Mai Tai in 1933; however, it disappeared from his bar room around 1937. A similar recipe popped up in Trader Vic’s menu sometime in 1944. “Arch nemesis” to the Beachcomber, Trader Vic likely knew of Don Beach’s mix of rums and citrus. While we hold Don the Beachcomber in great esteem, Trader Vic’s variation of the Mai Tai is by far superior to our tastes.

Mai TaiMai Tai (Trader Vic’s)

2 Parts Amber Rum
2 Parts Dark Rum
2 Parts Lime Juice (Fresh)
1 Part Curacao
1 Part Orgeat (Home Made)
Rock Candy Syrup (to taste)
Mint Garnish

Add all ingredients with ice to a cocktail shaker. Vigorously shake until ice cold. Strain over cracked ice into your favorite glass. Garnish with fresh mint and a used half-lime shell. Sip, and enjoy your little minty palm tree and island of lime.

We will one day explain the rivalry between Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic. For now, enjoy the rum!

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