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The best Mai Tai recipe for you and your friends

  • Sep 4, 2010

Why make a Mai Tai for one when you want to enjoy this wonderful Polynesian drink with your friends!

Why is my Mai Tai recipe the best?  Simple, The top 10% of U.S. Army helicopter pilots are also master mixologists, no "bull," it is a very long and storied aviation tradition since the beginnings of army aviation from before WW I.  I was one of those select few.  I became known army wide for my “signature” drink, the Mai Tai.  Of course army aviators never make a drink for one; all of our recipes will get several people flying at 2,000 ft.!  The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t taste the alcohol, the taste is so sumptuous one is apt to drink three of them fast, the BANG!!!  It hits you, you are flying!!!

So now after 25 years, the secret is out to all my new friends at Lunch.com, please tell me how popular you become after mixing this delicious libation for your friends!!!

Mai Tai Recipe:
1 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cup pineapple juice
4 Tbl spoons Roses Lime Juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark rum
3/4 cup light rum
1/3 cup orange Curacao
1/3 cup amaretto

Chill well with ice cubes (at least 2 hours), call me!!!

The best Mai Tai recipe for you and your friends The best Mai Tai recipe for you and your friends

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September 04, 2010
I'm honored that you would share your famous signature cocktail recipe with us Lunchers! I'll let you know how my popularity soars after I make this for my friends:)
September 04, 2010
Bethany, thanks for the compliment. I should mention to let this ice down for about 2 hours before serving. I promise you that you will be very popular! I stake my reputation on it!!!
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Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
I don't like rum but this masks the rum enough to make it delicious!
review by . March 08, 2010
The Mai Tai The origins of the Mai Tai are somewhat controversial.  The drink was either invented by Trader Vic in 1944 (Click Here ) or as suggested in the book by Arnold Bitner, “Hawaii – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine by Don the Beachcomber“,  the Mai Tai was invented by Don in 1933.    The recipes are quite different, which results in no standard recipe for the Mai Tai.  Many variations are now common. A Modern Mai Tai   (standard …
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Mai Tai translates from Tahitian to mean "Out of this World." A fitting description for this cocktail. The Mai Tai came to light in 1944 in Oakland's Trader Vic's. There Victor Bergron, one of the founders of the tiki bar, put together this great drink that deserves to feature the best rum you can get your hands on. Over the years the recipe has changed greatly, disguising the rum under layers of fruit. The first recipe is Bergron's original recipe, the second, one of the many newer versions.

Pineapple juice version of the Mai Tai:

  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 dash of Grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce dark rum
  • maraschino cherry for garnish
  1. Pour all the ingredients except the dark rum into a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass half filled with ice.
  4. Top with the dark rum.
  5. Garnish with the cherry.
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