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Trader Vic's Mai Tai Recipe

trader vics mai tai recipe

As a professional writer and food enthusiast, I am always on the lookout for the best recipes out there. And when it comes to tropical cocktails, nothing beats a classic Mai Tai. But not just any Mai Tai - the Trader Vic's Mai Tai recipe is the one that truly stands out. So, I decided to share this amazing recipe with you all, so you can enjoy a taste of the tropics right at home.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Cocktail
  • Recipe Cuisine: Polynesian
  • Aggregate Rating: 5/5


  • 1 oz. aged rum
  • 1 oz. white rum
  • 0.5 oz. orange curaçao
  • 0.5 oz. orgeat syrup
  • 0.75 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint
  • 1 cup of crushed ice


  1. Add the rums, orange curaçao, orgeat syrup, and lime juice to a shaker.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


Nutrition InformationAmount per Serving
Total Fat0 g
Saturated Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium5 mg
Total Carbohydrate16 g
Dietary Fiber0 g
Sugars14 g
Protein0 g


  • Q: Can I use any type of rum?
  • A: While the recipe calls for specific types of rum, you can definitely experiment with different brands and flavors to find your perfect Mai Tai.
  • Q: What is orgeat syrup?
  • A: Orgeat syrup is a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water. It is a key ingredient in many tropical cocktails.
  • Q: Can I use bottled lime juice?
  • A: Fresh lime juice is always best for cocktails, but if you don't have access to fresh limes, bottled lime juice is a good substitute.
  • Q: Can I make a pitcher of Mai Tais?
  • A: Absolutely! Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you want to make and mix everything together in a pitcher. Serve over ice.
  • Q: What should I do if I don't have fresh mint?
  • A: Mint is a key ingredient in the Mai Tai, but if you don't have fresh mint, you can skip the garnish or use a different herb like basil or cilantro.


If you want to take your Mai Tai game to the next level, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

First, invest in a good quality aged rum. The aged rum gives the Mai Tai its signature depth and complexity, so don't skimp on this ingredient.

Second, use fresh lime juice. Bottled lime juice simply can't compare to the real thing, and it will definitely affect the taste of your cocktail.

Finally, don't be afraid to experiment with different brands and flavors of rum. While the Trader Vic's recipe is a classic, there are many variations out there that are equally delicious.

So, there you have it - the recipe for the perfect Mai Tai. With its tropical flavors and refreshing taste, this cocktail is sure to transport you to a sunny beach in no time. Cheers!