Tropical Bliss in a Glass: The Perfect Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe
June 9, 2024

Tropical Bliss in a Glass: The Perfect Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

The Mai Tai is a classic tropical cocktail that conjures images of white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and the warm embrace of the sun. Originating in the tiki culture of the 1940s and 1950s, the Mai Tai has become an enduring symbol of exotic, refreshing cocktails. This recipe offers a balanced blend of light and dark rums, citrus juices, and a hint of almond sweetness, all served over ice to create a delightful and colorful drink that's perfect for sipping on a lazy summer afternoon.


  • 2 oz (60ml) light rum
  • 1 oz (30ml) dark rum
  • 1 oz (30ml) orange liqueur (such as triple sec or orange curaçao)
  • 3/4 oz (22ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz (15ml) orgeat syrup (almond syrup)
  • 1/2 oz (15ml) simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig and fruit garnishes (like lime slices, maraschino cherries, and pineapple chunks)


  1. Prepare Your Glass:
    • Fill a tiki or highball glass with crushed ice to chill it while you make the cocktail.
  2. Shake the Ingredients:
    • In a cocktail shaker, combine the light rum, dark rum, orange liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice, orgeat syrup, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake Vigorously:
    • Fill the shaker with ice and shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This will chill the ingredients and help to dilute the drink slightly.
  4. Strain into the Glass:
    • Discard the ice from the glass you chilled earlier, and strain the shaken cocktail into it.
  5. Garnish:
    • Garnish your Mai Tai with a fresh mint sprig, a slice of lime, a maraschino cherry, and a small wedge of pineapple or any other tropical fruit you like.
  6. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Serve your Mai Tai immediately, either with a straw or without, depending on your preference. Enjoy the tropical paradise in a glass!

Pro Tips:

  • Use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Orgeat syrup can be found in many liquor stores or can be made at home using almonds, sugar, and orange flower water.
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less simple syrup to suit your taste.
  • To make it even more visually appealing, you can float a small amount of dark rum on top of the cocktail by gently pouring it over the back of a spoon.

Sip on this Mai Tai, and let the flavors transport you to a sunny beach, even if you're just in your own backyard! Enjoy responsibly.

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