During my recent stay at the Four Seasons Resort on the island of Lana’i, I had the opportunity to spend a little time with a small group getting personal instruction on the art of the Mai Tai from none other than the Four Seasons’ head Beverage Manager, Mike.
He was kind enough to allow me to film his lecture, though I don’t imagine he had any idea that tens of thousands of people might be watching it in the next week or so! Anyway, this is a fantastic drink and if you study up and make it for your friends you’ll be a rock star!
Incidentally, these were filmed with my Sanyo Xacti waterproof camcorder. Seems like it does a pretty good job even when not submerged.
Part 1 – History of the Mai Tai
It was invented by Trader Vic, so you can also read his story to verify the accuracy.
Part 2 – How to make a Mai Tai
So, the basic ingredients again are:
- White Rum
- Dark Rum
- Freshly squeezed orange juice
- Freshly squeezed pineapple juice
- Sweet and Sour
- Triple Sec
- Orgeat Syrup – NOTE: I found it VERY hard to get this stuff locally. I recommend ordering it from Trader Vic’s Web site.
What are you waiting for? Trust me… it’s good! Of course, if you’re feeling too lazy to make one for yourself, I’m sure Mike will be happy to do it for you if you just travel to the middle of the Pacific ocean and join him there at the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay.