The legend says that Mai Tai was originally created in 1944 with Appleton Estate 17 Year Old (J. Wray & Nephew at the time) by Victor Bergeron, who wanted to create a cocktail for a friend from Tahiti. After just one sip, the friend exclaimed, "Maitai roa ae!" which means "Out of this world, the best!". The name stuck, and the Mai Tai became so successful that stocks of 17- and 15-year-old J Wray & Nephew rum were quickly exhausted.


Ingredient Amount Ingredient Name
2 parts Appleton Estate 8 year Old Reserve
½ part Fresh Lime Juice
½ part Orange Curacao
½ part Orgeat (Almond) Syrup

Tools Of The Trade

  • Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Citrus Squeezer
  • Paring Knife
  • Double Old Fashioned Glass


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice (crushed and cubes).
  2. Shake until chilled and pour into a double old fashioned glass.
  3. Garnish with one lime shell and fresh mint sprig.

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