Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe

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The Mai Tai was once widely considered to be the world’s most famous mixed drink. In fact, the Mai Tai’s popularity was blamed for a world-wide shortage of quality rum in the mid-60s. So, it is not surprising that more than one person claims to be it’s originator. Don the Beachcomber claims to have created the Mai Tai in 1933 at his tiki-themed restaurant in Hollywood. However, his recipe is significantly different from that of the well known Mai Tai created by Trader Vic in 1944 at his tiki restaurant in Oakland. Nonetheless, even though the two Mai Tais are dissimilar in taste, the more complicated Beachcomber Mai Tai has similarly become a popular vacation relaxant since Don first put it on his menu in 1965 and deserves inclusion (behind Trader Vic’s) in the Mai Tai Hall of Fame.

Don The Beachcomber Drinks Menu
Vintage Don The Beachcomber Drinks Menu

What Is In The Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai?

The Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai ingredients are Myer’s Plantation Rum, Cuban Rum, Cointreau, Falernum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, Angostura Bitters, Pernod, and crushed ice.

Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe

Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai

Although not the original Mai Tai, and most likely a version of the traditional tiki cocktail beverage that you have never tasted, Don the Beachcomber's Mai Tai deserves inclusion in the Mai Tai Hall of Fame ... right behind Trader Vic's!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine rum, Cointreau, Falernum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, bitters, pernod, and cracked ice into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously (and we mean VIGOROUSLY, it truly makes the difference between a good Mai Tai and a great Mai Tai).
  2. Strain into an old fashioned glass over shaved ice.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 11gSugar: 8g

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Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe
Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe

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5 thoughts on “Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe”

  1. Don the Beachcomber makes a pretty good Mai Tai, but I much prefer the taste of the original Trader Vic’s Mai Tai.

  2. Ohhh …I love the bitters and pernod. I still think the Mai Tai should be garnished with a pineapple ;-)

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