The Mai Tai Cocktail

Mai Tai translates from Tahitian to mean “Out of this World.” A fitting description for this cocktail. The Mai Tai came to light in 1944 in Oakland’s Trader Vic’s. There Victor Bergron, one of the founders of the tiki bar, put together this great drink that deserves to feature the best rum you can get your hands on. Over the years the recipe has changed greatly.


  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 dash of grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • maraschino cherry for garnish


  1. Pour all the ingredients except the dark rum into a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass half filled with ice.
  4. Top with the dark rum.
  5. Garnish with the cherry.

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7 Responses to “The Mai Tai Cocktail”

  1. August 16: National Rum Day « Sacchef's Blog Says:

    […] founding of America?  Was it the ingenious idea of some bar hoping to sell more Hurricanes and Mai Tais? That’s another possibility and it could have been picked up by others in hopes of […]

  2. Eva Lisle Says:

    Brian! This is one of our favorite drinks. A dear friend of ours from Hawaii and his wife have had this as their signature drink for over 40 years (since the original days of Trader Vic’s). When the wife passed aways earlier this year they served these at the memorial service. It was a grand way to be sad and happy at the same time. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

  3. Eva Lisle Says:

    One more favorite Mai Tai story……when we were first married, living in the far north of Australia in Townsville, we simply couldn’t find anything as fance as triple sec or grenadine so we made what we called a “Kangaroo Mai Tai”: mango/orange juice with Jamaican Rum. It was so popular with the other army officers and their wives we ended up putting the recipe in the Army Wives Cook Book! Thanks again for a great blog!

  4. John Lisle Says:

    I just LOVE Mai Tais! They always reminds me of two of our favorite people Roy & Anna Nakamoto. They also remind me of our honeymoon in Hawaii.

  5. Cedrick Corners Says:

    One more amazing post! I shared this one on Twitter – you might want to add a “like” button to your posts. 🙂

  6. sacchef Says:

    Happy Anniversary to John & Eva Lisle Today!

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