Whether you believe Trader Vic’s or Don the Beachcomber’s claims about inventing it, 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—this is a classic drink that doesn’t need to show off. It’s simply delicious.
|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
- Add all ingredients (except mint) to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into an Old-Fashioned glass with ice.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint and half a squeezed lime.