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We had many different versions of Mai Tais over the past week so that peaked my curiosity about the origin of the drink. There is much mystery about how this famous tropical drink came about, but many stories start actually at a bar in Oakland, CA called Trader Vic's in 1944. Much lore surrounds how the drink actually got to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu nine years later, but today this is the most famous tropical drink on Maui by far. This is my version of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel recipe, which has more fresh juice than the Trader Vic's drink - fruity, not too sweet and with a bit of a punch.

Hawaiian Mai Tai

May 8, 2011

30 min or less active, 30 min or less total, drink, fall, gluten-free, summer, vegan

We had many different versions of Mai Tais over the past week so that peaked my curiosity about the origin of the drink. There is much mystery about how this famous tropical drink came about, but many stories start actually at a bar in Oakland, CA called Trader Vic's in 1944. Much lore surrounds how the drink actually got to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu nine years later, but today this is the most famous tropical drink on Maui by far. This is my version of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel recipe, which has more fresh juice than the Trader Vic's drink - fruity, not too sweet and with a bit of a punch.

Information

Servings: 2
Time: 5 minutes active and total
Price: About $7.35 total; $3.70 per drink
Nutrition (per serving):
Calories: 169.5
Protein: 0.45g
Fat: 0.14g
Saturated fat: .01g
Carbohydrates: 10.2g
Fiber: 0.15g
Sodium: 1.5mg
Cholesterol: 0mg
High In:
Good Source:
Low In:

Ingredients

  • 2 oz light rum (1/4 cup)
  • 1 oz dark rum (2 Tbsp)
  • 1 oz orange curacao (2 Tbsp), (do not substitute triple sec, it is 30 proof and orange curacao is 80 proof)
  • 1 orange, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • dash orgeat (an almond syrup, you might be able to substitute amaretto)
  • dash simple syrup (heat 1 part sugar to 2 parts water until sugar is dissolved)
  • Wedges of fresh pineapple, to garnish

Preparation

  1. Pour all the ingredients in a tall glass, cover and shake to combine. Fill two glasses with ice and divide the liquid among them. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple. Enjoy!

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