Recipe: The Traditional Mai Tai

Tiki is dead, long live Tiki. 

Ever since the mid-1930's Tiki culture has been a staple in the Los Angeles area. Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood made sure of that. Tropical themes, lots of bamboo, and very strong drinks. 

It's a lot easier to escape your boring day-to-day life if your cocktail makes you think of being somewhere exotic. 

Tiki rivals Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber both claim to have created the Mai Tai, but the two recipes are quite different with Vic using the nutty orgeat syrup and Don opting for a tiki favorite Falernum. Our recipe tends to lean more towards Trader Vic's. 


2oz Plantation Rum

.5oz Orange Curacao

.75oz Lime Juice

.25oz Simple Syrup

.25oz Orgeat Syrup


Combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake hard until very cold. The key to any good tiki drink is to make it colder than normal. 

Serve over crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig, a lime wedge, a pink umbrella and a Hawaiian shirt from Tommy Bahamas.

Now sit back take a sip and imagine that you are stranded on a desert island with the one you love, or the one you wish loved you.