Mai Tai

The origin of this classic rum cocktail is one of the great debates in tikidom. Both Ernest Beaumont-Gantt (a.k.a. "Donn Beach," the father of tiki culture) and Trader Vic founder Victor Bergeron lay claim to its invention. This version borrows from Beaumont-Gantt's recipe, which adds dashes of Pernod and Angostura bitters for complexity.

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  • Servings: Makes 1 drink


  • Pineapple wedge, cherry and mint sprig, for garnish
  • 1 dash Pernod
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces dark rum, such as Meyer's Plantation
  • 1/2 ounce orange curaƧao
  • Ice cubes
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

How to make this recipe

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add 1 ounce of the dark rum and the white rum, lime juice, curaçao, bitters and Pernod; shake well. Strain into a rocks glass filled with cracked ice. Float the remaining dark rum on top. Garnish with the pineapple, cherry and mint sprig.


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Contributed By Photo © Lucy Schaeffer Published November 2008

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