I mean, perhaps I’ll even move it up a bit in the ranking because this drink is really, really good.
The legend of this drink is that its inventor (Victor J. Bergeron, of Trader Vics fame) mixed this drink up as a special for a visitor from Tahiti back in 1944. When his Tahitian friend tasted it, he said “Maita’i roa!” - which means “Out of this World!”
Thus was born the Mai Tai.
Hey, I don’t know if that’s true or not, but the drink really is Out of this World. And that qualifies it to be todays Friday 5 o’Clock Cocktail.
Here’s how to make a Mai Tai:
- 1 1/2 oz dark rum (I use Myer’s)
- 1 oz of aged rum (typically Anejo rum, but any “gold” or “aged” rum will do fine)
- 1/2 oz Orange Curacao
- 1/2 oz Orgeat
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz orange juice
- 1/4 oz simple syrup
Just take everything, put it in your cocktail shaker with ice and shake thoroughly. Serve it on the rocks in some kind of glass that’s big enough to hold it all.
Now, according to tradition, you are supposed to garnish this drink with an orange blossom and some orange peel spiral.
But we’re drunks, and we don’t have any fuckin’ orange blossoms, and we certainly don’t have the dexterity to peal up orange spirals!
So, just garnish it with a slice of orange and don’t worry about it.