Mai Tai

  • Serves

    makes 1 cocktail


"Trader Vic" Bergeron came up with this floral drink to showcase a 17-year-old gold Jamaican rum. Once all his bottles were gone, he re-created the drink's complex flavor by layering two very different rums in the same drink. This recipe first appeared in SAVEUR Issue #140, along with Jeff Berry's story Endless Summer.


  • 1 oz. dark Jamaican rum, such as Appleton
  • 1 oz. Martinique rhum agricole vieux, such as Clément V.S.O.P.
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice, spent lime half reserved
  • 12 oz. orange Curaçao
  • 14 oz. orgeat syrup
  • 14 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 sprig mint


Step 1

Combine all ingredients, except lime rind and mint, in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice; shake until chilled. Pour, unstrained, into a double old-fashioned glass and sink reserved lime half in glass; garnish with mint.

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