Pretty Fly for a Mai Tai

The Mai Tai: A Classic Tiki Cocktail with a Modern Twist

The Mai Tai is a classic tiki cocktail that was first created in 1944 by Victor Bergeron, the owner of Trader Vic's restaurant in Oakland, California. The original Mai Tai was made with a blend of aged rum, lime juice, orgeat syrup, and orange curaçao. It was a simple drink, but it was incredibly flavorful and refreshing.

The Mai Tai quickly became a popular cocktail, and it soon spread to other tiki bars around the world. Over time, the recipe for the Mai Tai evolved, and it became more complex. Some recipes called for the addition of pineapple juice, orange juice, or other ingredients. However, the original Mai Tai recipe is still considered to be the best way to make this classic cocktail. Want to dive into the world of Tiki Drinks? Check out our Easy Tiki book- 60 recipes that are easy to make!

Here is a recipe for an updated version of the Mai Tai:


  • 1 1/2 ounces aged rum
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce orgeat syrup
  • 3/4 ounce orange curaçao
  • Lime wedge, for garnish
  • Mint sprig, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge and a mint sprig.


Here are some tips for making the perfect Mai Tai:

  • Use fresh lime juice. This is essential for getting the best flavor.
  • Use a good quality orgeat syrup. This syrup is made from almonds, and it gives the Mai Tai its signature flavor.
  • Use a blend of aged and white rums. This will give the Mai Tai a complex flavor profile.
  • Garnish with fresh lime and mint. This will add a touch of freshness and elegance to the cocktail.


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