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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 dissimilarin 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 Mai Tai Ingredients

Cocktail Ingredients: Myers's Rum Original DarkCocktail Ingredients: Cuban RumCocktail Ingredients: CointreauCocktail Ingredients: FalernumCocktail Ingredients: Grapefruit JuiceCocktail Ingredients: Lime JuiceCocktail Ingredients: Angostura BittersCocktail Ingredients: PernodCocktail Ingredients: Cracked Ice

Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe

4.6 from 5 votes
Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai
Don The Beachcomber Mai Tai Recipe
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins

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!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, Don The Beachcomber, mai tai
Servings: 1
Author: Zuzu Gates
  • 1 1/2 oz Myer's Plantation Rum (or Appleton)
  • 1 oz Cuban Rum
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz Falernum (sweet syrup)
  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash Pernod
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  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). Strain into an old fashioned glass over shaved ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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  1. Troy Vandelay

    March 7, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Good – but MUCH more sour than a regular Mai Tai.

  2. Olivia Norvang

    March 7, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Sweet, sweet, nectar of the gods :-)

  3. Jill Binoche

    March 10, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Mmmmmmmmm, makes me want to go to Hawaii and sit in the sun!

  4. Colin Layner

    March 15, 2018 at 7:35 pm

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

  5. Elle Kenwood

    March 16, 2018 at 11:10 am

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

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