Invented in the 1940's but made popular in the 1960's, this is a beautiful rum-based Cocktail that oozes Tiki Culture. If you can shout, "Maita'i roa ae!" then you are certainly part of the Tiki Culture. The phrase means, "Very Good!" / "The Best"
- 1 shot Dark Rum
- 1/2 Shot Apricot Brandy
- 1/4 Shot Almond Syrup
- 1/4 shot Lime Juice
- 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 2 shots Pineapple Juice
Combine all the ingredients into a Boston Shaker over ice. Shake. Strain into a Cocktail Glass.
Garnish with Lime, sprig of mint and a Maraschino cherry.
The Mai Tai is claimed to be invented in 1944 by Victor Bergeron at his Trader Vic's Restaurant in Oakland, California. However as legends go, 11 years previously Don The Beachcomber, a rival of Bergeron claimed he invented it at his Hollywood restaurant, "Don The Beachcomber". The two versions are not really the same; Don's being more complex overall.
There are as you can imagine many versions and variations of the Mai Tai that have been invented created over the years. It is loosely based on the image and feel of Tahiti - rnce very popular at Polynesian, Tiki Bar -type of parties and events.