Mai Tai Recipe

Rum, Orgeat Syrup, Orange Curaçao, Rock Candy Syrup, Lime Juice, Mint
Mai Tai

The Mai Tai is an absolutely essential tiki cocktail that any beach bum worth their salt needs to know. Don't be fooled by any neon-colored pretenders or bottled mixes—this is a classic drink that doesn't need to show off. It's simple, delicious, and shows off the almond notes of a good orgeat alongside a timeless blend of rum, orange liqueur, and lime.

To make a proper Mai Tai, you'll need to make two syrups: orgeat syrup and rock candy syrup. Orgeat is an almond-based syrup that's used in a number of tropical drinks, and rock candy syrup is just simple syrup made with a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water. Be sure to use fresh-squeezed lime juice, and Grand Marnier is probably the best widely-available orange curaçao on the market.

Ingredients

2 oz dark rum
0.75 oz lime juice
0.5 oz orange curaçao (or triple sec in a pinch)
0.25 oz orgeat syrup
0.25 oz rock candy syrup (2:1 ratio simple syrup)
Mint for garnish

Preparation: How to make a Mai Tai

  1. Add all ingredients (except mint) to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
  2. Strain into an Old-Fashioned glass with fresh ice.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of mint and half a squeezed lime.
Mai Tai