Mai Tai: Learn Your Cocktail

If you aren’t able to run off to a beach this weekend, I’m sorry. Looks like you’ll have to make your apartment feel tropical with the help of lots of alcohol and sunburn. Thank GOD there are literally tons of drinks you can make to ease the pain – one of our favs being the Mai Tai.

History: Okay so SUPPOSEDLY the Mai Tai – which translates roughly to “very good” in Tahitian – was created in California around 1944 by some guy named Trader Vic. Vic apparently invited some Tahitian betches over his totes posh cali-pad when he created this rum cocktail. One betch tasted it and yelled, “Maita’i roa ae” which (according to Wikipedia and Google) translates to “out of this world; the best.” There’s also apparently mega drama surrounding this story, since many say Don the Beachcomber created the drink in 1933, but we say Don was a grotsky little biatch and he can go shave his back now.

Thus, the cocktail was born. It became the super cool cocktail to drink in the 50s and 60s since betches were bored and on the whole “islands are so hip right now” trend.


  • 1 oz amber Martinique rum – we used Neisson
  • 1 oz dark Jamaican rum – we used Coruba
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz orgeat syrup – you can find this shit at fancy online places like Small Hand Foods
  • ½ oz Cointreau
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint

Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker except the mint. Shake and strain into a high baller glass filled with ice. Garnish with the fresh mint and, I mean, you can also float some extra dark rum on top.


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