Only few cocktails are as famous as the Mai Tai. The fruity rum cocktail made with orange, almond and lemon is a real classic and shall not be missed on any cocktail menu. The long drink supposedly was invented in 1944 in San Francisco, California by Trader Vic. He claims to have mixed the first Mai Tai for two of his friends from Tahiti, who were so enthusiastic about the delicious drink, that they shouted out: “Mai Tai – Roa Ae”. In English this means: “Not of this earth – the best”. The SHATLER’s Mai Tai has an abv of 12,7 %.
Original Mai Tai recipe first revealed in 1972
The Mai Tai, often also spelled Mai Thai, is one of the classic tiki cocktails, that were created during the prohibition in the USA. Back then bartenders saw the cocktail recipes as their assets and kept the ingredients and compositions of their drinks secret. Therefore the Trader Vic’s Mai Tai recipe was first revealed almost 30 years after the first Mai Tai was served. In the book “Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide – Revised” he spills the secret of the recipe of the original Mai Tai. According to the book he used 6cl of 17 years old Wray and Nephew rum, curaçao orange, Orgeat syrup and sugar syrup as well as of fresh lime juice.
The evolution of a long drink
Today’s Mai Tai recipe differs from the original recipe by Trader Vic. One of the reasons for this is, that the rum originally used by him soon was no longer available and had to be replaced by other kinds of rum. Today most bars use Jamaican or Martinique rum. In a lot of Mai Tais additional juices and other ingredients are used. According to the official recipe of the IBA for a Mai Tai, this cocktail is mixed with 4cl of white rum, 2cl of brown rum, curaçao orange, Orgeat syrup and fresh lime juice.
SHATLER’s Mai Tai – a sour and fruity long drink
This recipe is also the basis of the recipe of the SHATLER’s Mai Tai. We only use the best ingredients for our long drink and mix it with several kinds of rum, dry orange curaçao, almond and lemon. The result is an extraordinary delicious sour and fruity long drink. The SHATLER’s Mai Tai has an alcoholic content of 12,7 %.