UK's most advanced online liquor store!
You'll see why!

Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

Jun 15, 2017 | Post By Brodey Sheppard
2 people voted 5 stars.

The Mai Tai first appeared way back in 1944 and has undergone many transformations in the intervening years. Some Mai Tai recipes are really just alcohol heavy versions of the Bahama Mama, while others bear absolutely no resemblance to the Polynesian original at all.

Image of Mai Tai   Drink

For a start, if the recipe doesn’t include Orgeat syrup, it’s not a Mai Tai. Orgeat is a sweet syrup of Italian origin, made from almonds and rose water. Other flavors are also available, including an orange-based Orgeat which is perfect for using in a Mai Tai.

Secondly, the overall flavor of the drink must be orange. Not coconut, not pineapple – orange. Switching Triple Sec for the Orange Curacao is acceptable, but you need to respect the underlying citrus flavor of the cocktail.

Our Mai Tai Cocktail recipe is the one accepted by the International Bartender’s Association. An IBA Official Cocktail is one that is used in the annual World Cocktail Competition in bartending. The Mai Tai is listed under the “Contemporary Classics” category.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a real Mai Tai:

Ingredients

  • 30ml Dark Rum
  • 15ml White Rum
  • 15ml Orgeat syrup
  • 15ml Orange Curacao
  • 30ml Lime juice
  • Pineapple piece, cherry, and mint leaf to garnish

Preparation

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add all of the ingredients.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Fill a Highball glass with ice.
  5. Pour in the contents of the cocktail shaker.
  6. Garnish with a pineapple and cherry skewer and a fresh mint leaf.

Equipment

TAGS

ABOUT AUTHOR

Photo of Brodey Sheppard

Brodey is an enthusiastic marketing and advertising strategest out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Brodey has always been passionate about liquor and alcohol in general. You will find Brodey on the weekends either out on the football pitch kicking goals or down the lake with a glass of wine.

RECENT RECIPIES

Plum Dog Millionaire Cocktail Recipe Plum Dog Millionaire Cocktail Recipe

When it comes to underrepresented fruits in cocktails; plums are certainly ... Readmore

Nov 17, 2018 | Post By Danny
Barbary Coast Cocktail Recipe Barbary Coast Cocktail Recipe

The Barbary Coast is a unique cocktail that is a little creamier than most ... Readmore

Nov 15, 2018 | Post By Danny
Dusk In Eden Cocktail Recipe Dusk In Eden Cocktail Recipe

The reason why the drink is named that is because both Adam and Eve (the fi... Readmore

Nov 13, 2018 | Post By Brodey
Candy Corn Oranges Cocktail Recipe Candy Corn Oranges Cocktail Recipe

Every once in a while, it’s nice to switch it up from the predictable... Readmore

Nov 11, 2018 | Post By Brodey
Silver Bullet Cocktail Recipe Silver Bullet Cocktail Recipe

The Silver Bullet is a special drink because it combines both gin and scotc... Readmore

Nov 09, 2018 | Post By Danny