California restaurateur Trader Vic is credited with invention of the mai tai. He served the rum and juice cocktail to friends visiting from Tahiti, who exclaimed, ‘Maita’i roa ae!’ The term translates to ‘very good’ and the name mai tai stuck.
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 2 fluid ounces 17-year old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican Rum
- ½ fluid ounce French Garnier Orgeat
- ½ fluid ounce orange Curacao liqueur
- ¼ fluid ounce rock candy syrup
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 cup ice
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- 1 Fill a rocks glass with 1 cup crushed ice. Set aside in the freezer.
- 2 Combine rum, orgeat, orange Curacao, rock candy syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into the chilled rocks glass.
- 3 Garnish with half of the lime shell inside the drink and float a sprig of fresh mint on the edge of the glass.
- Calories 254.5
- Carbohydrate 27.6 g
- Fat 0.2 g
- Fiber 1.9 g
- Protein 0.6 g
- Sodium 17.9 mg
- Sugar 15.3 g