Mai Tai (Second Adjusted Formula)

Shake all ingredients over cracked ice. Pour into highball glass. Garnish with half of the spent lime shell in the drink and a sprig of mint at the edge of the glass.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Category Tropical
Tags Classic, Tiki
Proof 37
Strength 1.7 standard drinks
Glass Highball Glass
Temp Cold

In the 1950's the supply of J. Wray & Nephew 15 Year rum used in Trader Vic's first adjusted Mai Tai recipe dried up. Trader Vic had to move to a second adjusted Mai Tai recipe. He contracted with a supplier in Jamaica to produce his own rum label. He produced a 15 year and an 8 year rum.

Because these rums did not quite equal the flavor of the J. Wray and Nephew rums, he added a Martinique rum to the recipe. I am substituting a very fine Jamaican rum (Wray and Nephew own the Appleton brand) and a high quality Martinique agricole rum. I am also using a quality Orange Curacao along with a very good bottling of Orgeat Syrup. Double strength simple syrup is listed here in place of the rock candy syrup that Trader Vic used.

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