Original Trader Vic’s Mai Tai

We have been enjoying Portland’s recent Tiki revival.  Here is a festive cocktail you may have forgotten about.  This Mai Tai calls for orgeat syrup.  You could substitute almond syrup (the kind they use at the coffee stand).  I found orgeat syrup at Sheridan Market on SE MLK.  They have a great selection of small batch cocktail mixers made locally.  The only change we made to the recipe was that we used the juice of 1/2 a lime instead of the whole lime that was called for each drink.  We simple didn’t have enough limes to use one for every drink!   Makes 1 cocktail

  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 oz. orange curacao
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.  Strain into an old-fashioned glass over crushed ice.  Garnish with fresh mint.

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I am a mother of two boys, a wife, a teacher, and an avid home cook. These recipes are written, tested and created or adapted by me in my home kitchen. All photos were taken by me with my Canon Digital Rebel XT. No filters or Photoshop, usually natural light on my kitchen table. My motto is, if I can do it, you can do it!
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3 Responses to Original Trader Vic’s Mai Tai

  1. Love the cocktail glass! ; )

  2. Too funny. We were just trying to think of a rum cocktail today. Looks great.

  3. Pingback: Cocktail Party! | swellkid

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