Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe

Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe – A tiki-bar standard Mai Tai cocktail you can order at the iconic Don The Beachcomber restaurant or learn how to make at home.

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

Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe

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!
4.67 from 12 votes
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Course: Cocktail Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, Don The Beachcomber, mai tai
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Olivia Norvang

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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).
  • Strain into an old fashioned glass over shaved ice.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Nutrition

Serving: 1grams | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 8g

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

Olivia Norvang co-founded Make Drinks in 2013 and serves as its Coffee and Cocktails editor ... yes, incongruous competing categories for sure.  However, bartending her way through college while obtaining a Bachelor's in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley left her abundantly prepared for this position.  Oh, and two kids in tow.  Coffee in the morning, cocktails at night ... Ponce de León never knew the elusive fountain was so close. Connect with Olivia on Facebook and Pinterest.

10 thoughts on “Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe”

  1. 4 stars
    Don the Beachcomber makes a pretty good Mai Tai, but I much prefer the taste of the original Trader Vic’s Mai Tai.

  2. 4 stars
    Don the Beachcomber makes a pretty good Mai Tai, but I much prefer the taste of the original Trader Vic’s Mai Tai.

  3. 5 stars
    Ohhh …I love the bitters and pernod. I still think the Mai Tai should be garnished with a pineapple ;-)

  4. 5 stars
    Ohhh …I love the bitters and pernod. I still think the Mai Tai should be garnished with a pineapple ;-)

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