Ili Tai Recipe – Hawaiian Mai Tai from the Ilikai Hotel

The recipe for this Mai Tai riff was included in the 1st edition of Drinks of Hawaii in 1971. Author Paul B. Dick included this recipe, alongside a recipe for what was then the standard issue Mai Tai that included equal parts of Orgeat/Curacao/Rock Candy and both Light rum and Dark Jamaican rum. The illustration is by Harry Lyons.

The Ilikai Hotel was the first high-rise hotel in Waikiki and was at the peak of its cultural popularity in the early 1970s, being seen each week in the opening credits of Hawaii Five-O (the hotel was used the 2010 remake series credits, too). The cocktail is a pretty standard issue Island Mai Tai version, including two ounces of Pineapple Juice and a float of dark flavorful rum. Appleton Punch rum was the successor to the Wray & Nephew Dagger line and was issued at 43% ABV.

Ili Tai
¼ oz Lime Juice
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Sweet & Sour mix
¾ oz Orgeat
¾ oz Orange Curacao
Build over crushed ice, mix, and then float 1 oz Appleton Punch Jamaican Rum

Drinks of Hawaii, 1st Edition (1971) by Paul B. Dick

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