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Mai Tai cocktail: here’s how to prepare it

Mai tai cocktails

Ingredients and recipe of Mai Tai, an alcoholic cocktail made with curacao, lime juice, rum and barley syrup. Here's how to prepare it!

Fresh and delicious, Mai Tai is an alcoholic drink with a fruity aroma and which is prepared with rum, orange curacao, lime and barley water. The preparation of this cocktail is simple, the important thing is to remember that the dark rum is added as the last ingredient so that it can form a separate layer on the surface .

In addition to rum and curacao, the distinctive ingredient of this drink is barley syrup, made from ground almonds, barley flour, sugar and water. Let's get it ready!

Mai tai cocktails
Mai tai cocktails

Preparation of the Mai Tai cocktail

  1. Put all the ingredients except the dark rum inside the shaker with ice, close with the lid and shake .
  2. Filter everything directly into a cocktail glass, preferably a highball.
  3. Add the dark rum so that it stratifies on the surface and, if you like, decorate with a few pineapple wedges and a cherry.
  4. Enjoy immediately . If you prefer, you can serve the cocktail with ice cubes or crushed ice.

Variations and combinations

The cocktail we offer is excellent combined with finger food, appetizers of all kinds, white meat, spicy meat or fish dishes.

Like all recipes of this type, there are several variations. For example, if you want to dilute the strong and decisive flavor of rum, you can add orange or pineapple juice or even coconut milk ( 30 ml of product per drink will be enough).

Alternatively, you can also try the sex on the beach cocktail.

The origin of Mai Tai

Mai Tai is a drink whose name recalls the Tahitian term Maita'i which means good , even if the name of the cocktail is spelled differently.

The invention of this cocktail dates back to the Trader Vic's restaurant in Oakland, California , in 1944. According to others, however, the birth of the cocktail dates back to 11 years in the first place and in another place, the Don the Beachcomber . It is important to note that the recipes of the two locales are different.

The Tiki cocktail has become a symbol of the Tiki era , and has undergone many variations and reinterpretations over the years. Recently, much research has tried to reconstruct its history and original recipe, which has varied over time depending on the types of rum available on the market at the time. In the 1970s , Trader Vic published a version of the original Mai Tai recipe, in which he referred to the “light rum” and “dark rum” mentioned above as Jamaican amber rum and Martinican amber rum.

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