Trader Vic’s Mai Tai

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It’s getting hot out, so I’m shaking up a Trader Vic’s Mai Tai. Before I get into the recipe there are a few things we should probably discuss first. The Mai Tai comes with its fair share of drama.

First, this classic cocktail has been slaughtered so many times that most patrons wouldn’t recognize the classic version if you put it down in front of them. You know what I’m talking about. That neon pink concoction dominated by bottled pre-mixes, canned pineapple juice and an umbrella. Yeah, nothing like the classic.

Then there’s the age old argument regarding who was the original inventor of the Mai Tai. Some say Don the Beachcomber and some say Trader Vic. If you want to read more about the history of the Mai Tai go here. I’d rather drop all the drama and get to the part where we make this time-honored drink.