Trader Vic's is an American/Polynesian restaurant started by Victor Bergeron in 1934 in Oakland California. In 1940 the first franchised Tradre Vic's was started in Seattle, and new Trader Vic's started to pop up in major cities during the tiki and exotica culture fad of the 1950 and 60s. During the 70s and 80s Trader Vics suffered as people were to busy listening to Abba and doing lines of cocaine to realize how cool tiki culture is. But everything is new again, and tiki bars are once again becoming the cool places to hang out and drink.
|Typical Trader Vic's Decor|
|Les Baxter one of originators of exotica/tiki music|
Trader Vics Mai Tai Recipe
5 Ice Cubes crushed
Juice from 1 whole lime
1oz Orange Curacao
3/4 oz Orgeat Syrup
1/2 oz Simple Cane Sugar Syrup
1 Dash of Angostura Bitters
1 oz Aged Jamaican Rum
1oz amber Marinique Rum
Or substitute 2oz of a good quality amber aged rum such as Appleton Estate, or Cruzan aged rum which is a real bargain for its quality.
Then add the Orgeat Syrup and Simple Sugar Syrup. In case your wondering Orgeat is an almond flavored syrup that you can find in places where flavored coffee syrups are found.
Finally add a dash of Angostura Bitters.
Shake for 10 seconds.
There you have it, a Mai Tai, a truly classic American Cocktail.
|THE TIKI GOD APPROVES|
You can buy your authentic Trader Vic's Mai Tai glasses at there company store.
|Dont you dare|