Friday, June 4, 2010


Summer is here!!!!!! So are the endless array of summer cocktails. The Mai Tai has been around between 60-70 years depending on who you believe was the inventor.
Trader Vic's Restaurant in Oakland claims they invented it in 1944. Trader Vic's offers Polynesian-Style cuisine and claims a Polynesian guest helped name the concoction.
However, Don the Beachcomer's claims to have originally created it in 1933.
The Mai Tai became so popular in the 50's and 60's that almost all the "tiki-themed" restaurants and bars served them.
Of course the Mai Tai was very popular in Elvis Presley's movie "Blue Hawaii".
Today, you can travel to any tropical location and find a version of this recipe on their menu.
2 parts light rum
1 part dark rum
2 oz fresh pineapple juice
2 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz Cointreau or any orange liqueur
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
A pineapple wedge, cherry, sprig of mint and maybe a tropical umbrella as garnish
Mix all ingredients and serve over ice and garnish. Be careful they are soooo tasty you may over-indulge.
Happy Friday!


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