Mai Tai

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Mai Tai

The Mai Tai cocktail recipe was invented in 1944 by Victor Bergeron, known as Trader Vic, the owner of a Polynesian restaurant chain of the same name, based in Oakland, California. "Maita'i" means "the best" in Tahitian. It is a cocktail that can be found on the menu of all tiki-style restaurants. He is often served in a tiki mug. The Mai Tai alone evokes all the exoticism of the islands of Polynesia (Tahiti, Hawai, etc).



  • 3 cl of White rum
  • 3 cl of Dark rum
  • 1.5 cl of Cointreau
  • 1.5 cl of Orgeat syrup
  • 1.5 cl lime juice
  • 0.5 cl of sugar syrup



Pour the white rum, triple sec (or orange curaçao), syrups and fresh lime juice into a shaker half filled with ice. Strike energetically and pour into a glass filtering the ice cubes with a cocktail strainer. Add the Dark rum on top of the glass before serving.
Decorate the glass with a small paper parasol on a piece of pineapple and a candied cherry.

There are many Mai Tai recipes, including 3 different ones invented by Trader Vic. So difficult to navigate. The original recipe from 1944 does not include white rum and all ingredients are shaken. It's up to you to find your favorite recipe.

To prepare a Mai Tai for 10, 20, 30 or 40 people, simply multiply the quantities indicated in the original recipe by the number of glasses desired.


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