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Mai Tai Recipe

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The Mai Tai is a classic tiki cocktail that embodies the spirit of the tropics. It combines white rum, orange curaçao, fresh lime juice, orgeat syrup, and dark rum. This refreshing and flavorful drink is typically served over ice in a rocks glass and garnished with a lime wheel and mint sprig.

Tasting Notes

The Mai Tai offers a balanced and layered taste experience. The white rum provides a clean, smooth base that allows the other flavors to shine. The orange curaçao adds a sweet, citrusy note that complements the tartness of the lime juice, creating a vibrant, tangy profile. The orgeat syrup introduces a subtle almond flavor, adding depth and a hint of sweetness.

The dark rum, floated on top, brings a rich, molasses-like finish that enhances the overall complexity of the drink. This blend of ingredients results in a cocktail that is both refreshing and robust, with each sip offering a harmonious mix of sweet, sour, and slightly nutty flavors, ending with a warm, caramel-like touch from the dark rum.

Tips & Tricks

Incorporate a dash of bitters to enhance the complexity.

Substitute Grand Marnier for orange curaçao to add depth.

Recipe Card

Mai Tai

Mai Tai

Experience the Classic Tiki Vibe in Every Sip


  • 1.5 oz white rum
  • 0.75 oz orange curacao
  • 0.75 oz lime juice
  • 0.75 oz orgeat
  • 0.5 oz dark rum


  1. In a shaker add ice and all your ingredients (except dark rum).
  2. Shake well, then strain into tiki mug over fresh ice.
  3. Pour dark rum slowly over the back of a spoon so it floats on the top of the drink.
  4. Garnish with lime and mint before serving.

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