30ml. Jamaican Rum
30ml. Dark Rum
20ml. Orange curacao
20ml. Fresh lime juice
10ml. Orgeat Syrup
Garnish: a mint spring and lime wedge
Add all the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice, shake sharply, and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
Invented in 1944 by Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron, when he mixed Jamaican rum, juice from a fresh lime, a few dashes of orange curaco syrup, some french orgeat, and rock candy syrup. As recounted by Trader Vic history, it was served to some friends from Tahiti, who promptly proclaimed "Mai Tai, Roa Ae!", which in Tahitian means "Out of this world, the best!".