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Trader Vic's Mai Tai (Original)
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Trader Vic's Mai Tai Recipe (2nd Hawaiian version)

Toward the end of the 1950s, the dependable supply of 15-year old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum had been interrupted, requiring Trader Vic to make private arrangements to provide rum of a similar quality under his own label.  Vic's new rum did not match the nutty flavor of the original J. Wray, leading him to substitute in 1 oz of nutty Martinique rum.  Also, to streamline production of the popular cocktail, each individual bar was ordered to pre-mix the Curacao, Orgeat, and Rock Candy Syrup.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, mai tai, Trader Vic's
Servings: 1
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Zuzu Gates


  • 1 oz Trader Vic's Jamaican Rum (15 or 8 year-old)
  • 1 oz Martinique Rum
  • 1 oz Premixed Curacao, Orgeat, 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: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 17mg | Sugar: 20g | Iron: 1mg