Mai Tai, the favorite among cocktails with rum

by Marta Burgués

Considered the most popular among the drinks made with rum, the Mai Tai is a cocktail of high alcohol content which also contains curaçao and lime juice. It was invented in the United States, but is closely linked to the Tiki or Polynesian culture because of its exotic taste and fresh appearance.

The story goes that this cocktail was created in the Trader Vic bar in California by the barman Victor J. Begeron in 1944, who entertained some friends who were visiting him from Tahiti. Testing it, one would have exclaimed ?maitai roa? (“very good”) and it owes its name to that famous speech.

This drink, made with rum as main ingredient, was popularized in America in the late 50’s and especially in the 60’s, when the singer Elvis Presley appeared in the film Blue Hawaii drinking it.

Until today, the original recipe from Trader Vic is regarded by purists as ?the? only way to prepare it, but if you want to experiment, there are at least a dozen ways to make a Mai Tai.

The Mai Tai recipe comprises the following ingredients:

  • 4 parts old rum.
  • 1 part orange curaçao, either triple sec or Cointreau
  • 1 part natural lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar syrup or caramel syrup
  • 1 part almond syrup or amaretto
  • 1 fresh mint sprig
  • Crushed ice

After mixing these elements, stir it in a shaker and serve in a tall glass or Collins glass.

As we can see, this cocktail has a high alcoholic strength because of the spirits used in its preparation.

For example, rum is an alcoholic beverage obtained by fermentation of sugar cane, it is aged in oak barrels and can reach up to 80 degrees of alcohol, but to reduce this percentage it is added distilled water.

Meanwhile, curaçao or curacao is a liqueur produced by maceration in alcohol of the bitter bark of a variety of orange native to the island of the same name located in the Caribbean. Its alcohol strength ranges between 20 to 40 degrees.

There are several varieties of curacao, being the most common and known the triple sec or white curacao, a colorless liquor with over 40 degrees made by triple distillation from orange peels. It was invented in 1875 by Edouard Cointreau, who registered on his name in the village of Saint-Barthélemy d’Anjou (near Angers), in the Loire region in France.

Both lime juice and spoonfuls of sugar and almond syrup are added to the Mai Tai fulfill the function of sweetening the drink and give it a milder flavor. We do not recommend drinking it on an empty stomach since it is more like a digestif.

Given the fame achieved by this alcoholic beverage, there were other people who claimed themselves as the inventors of it. One is the barman Ernest Raymond Beaumont, also known asDon the Beachcomber, who told anyone who would listen to that he created the Mai Tai in 1933.

The recipe by Don the Beachcomber consists of:

  • 1 part dark rum
  • 1 and 1/2 parts gold or white rum
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 part grapefruit juice
  • 1 part sugar syrup
  • 1/2 part Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1/2 tablespoon of falernum or grenadine syrup (most used option)
  • 2 or 3 drops of Angostura
  • 1 dash of Pernod
  • Ice
  • 1 fresh mint sprig
  • 1 pineapple wedge

The preparation of this version of the Mai Tai, apart from mixing dark and white rum, consists of adding the white rum after the other ingredients have been mixed and served in a tall glass.

The idea is that white rum remains at the surface, not mixed with other ingredients and stays with a more ?tropical? and bitter taste.

So, what version do you prefer? We recommend a couple of rums to make the best Mai Tai:

Ron Barceló Imperial

Ron Barceló Imperial is a warm and soft rum, perfect for mixing.

Captain Morgan Rum

Captain Morgan is a spiced rum, with the typical taste of British rum, perfect for cocktails as varied as this.

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Ron Barceló Imperial is a warm and soft rum, perfect for mixing.

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