If you’re hosting a Hawaiian luau, tropical event, or anything associated with Polynesian culture, you might want to consider including the classic Mai Tai in your cocktail offerings. The fresh flavors in a Mai Tai make it one of the most prominent drink recipes at any tiki-themed event, setting, or establishment.
If you’re wondering about the name Mai Tai, it isn’t the strangest cocktail name we’ve heard. Many cocktails are accompanied with a rich heritage that explains the beverage’s name. Unique cocktail names include:
- Death in the Afternoon
- Hangman’s Blood
- Tom and Jerry
- Nuclear Iced Tea
Mai Tai joined the ever-growing list of uniquely named cocktails upon its creation in Oakland, CA. In 1944, two restaurants – Trader Vic’s and Don the Beachcomber – were in fierce competition with one another over their top secret drink recipes.
A group of friends visiting from Tahiti went to Trader Vic’s, and upon tasting the drink began shouting, “Maita’i! Maita’i!” – or “Good! Good!” In fact, one of the friends even shouted, “Maita’i roa ae!,” which translates to “Out of this world! The best!”
Since its creation, the drink’s name has evolved to be spelled with 2 words: Mai Tai. Good. Out of this world. The best.
This legacy has followed the Mai Tai throughout the years, as it became one of the most popular cocktails in America, especially during the 1950s and 60s. With so many unique beverage syrups available today, the Mai Tai is one of the easiest drink recipes to modify to anyone’s specific taste.
In fact, even the “king” himself drank a Mai Tai in his film Blue Hawaii. There’s no doubt that praise from Elvis Presley did much to boost the drink’s reputation.
- 2 oz. rum
- ¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ oz. orange juice
- ¼ oz. Amoretti Premium Rock Candy Syrup
- ¼ oz. orgeat
A prep time of approximately 5 minutes is required to make the Mai Tai. After mixing all the ingredients together, we suggest chilling it in the refrigerator for approximately 3 hours. Feel free to serve your Mai Tai over crushed ice, and to garnish it with a mint sprig.
Amoretti Premium Rock Candy Syrup is one of the most unique beverage syrups available. While rock candy and sugar itself are common, the caramelization of sugar needed to create the rock candy syrup creates a very distinct flavor.
Do you have a tropical or tiki-themed event coming up soon? We’d love to see pictures, and hear how the Mai Tais pleased your guests! Feel free to let us know on the Amoretti Facebook Page!