Victor Bergeron, founder of Trader Vic’s restaurants, claims to be the originator of the Mai Tai, back in 1944. This is his version of the drink.
• 2 oz aged rum
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• 0.5 oz orgeat syrup (such as Giffard)
• 0.5 oz Cointreau or Curaçao
• Mint sprig to garnish
Place all the ingredients (except the mint) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with fresh mint.