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Mai Tai (First Adjusted Formula)

  • 1 oz Aged Jamaican Rum (Appleton 12)
  • 1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (Coruba was originally specified)
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Orange Curacao
  • 1 Lime (juice of)

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 1933-1969 (Tiki to Martinis), Classic, Tiki
Proof 37.1
Strength 1.6 standard drinks
Glass Collins Glass
Temp Cold

When Trader Vic could not acquire any more J. Wray and Nephew 17 Year rum, he switched to this formula. He substituted a J. Wray and Nephew 15 Year rum and added Coruba rum. Trader Vic eventually exhausted the supply of the J. Wray and Nephew 15 Year rum.

I am substituting a very fine Jamaican rum (Wray and Nephew own the Appleton brand). I am also using a quality Orange Curacao along with a quality bottling of Orgeat Syrup. The original recipe used rock candy syrup but I find it unnecessary.

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