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Trader Vic's Mai Tai (Original)
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Trader Vic's Mai Tai Recipe (1st Hawaiian version)

Trader Vic took his Oakland-created Mai Tai to Hawaii in 1953 while creating drinks for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.  As his supply of 17 and 15-year old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum was dwindling, he altered his recipe to substitute 1 ounce of a cheaper Jamaican rum.  This recipe reflects that change.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, mai tai, Trader Vic's
Servings: 1
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Zuzu Gates


  • 1 oz 15-year old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican Rum
  • 1 oz Red Heart or Coruba Jamaican Rum
  • 1/4 oz Trader Vic's Orgeat Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Holland DeKuyper Orange Curaçao
  • 1/4 oz Trader Vic's Rock Candy Syrup
  • Juice from one fresh lime
  • 1 cup cubed ice
  • 1 cup shaved ice


  • Combine rum, orange curaçao, orgeat syrup, rock candy syrup, lime juice, and cubed 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.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 8mg | Sugar: 10g | Iron: 0.5mg