Pretty Fly For A Mai Tai

Mai Tai stems from the Tahitian phrase ‘Maita’i roa ae!’ meaning very good, and is in our opinion the king of tiki cocktails.

Mai Tai’s include rum, orgeat (almond) orange & lime as the base but there’s plenty of variations to work your way through from that point.

Simple Mai Tai:

50ml aged rum (amber)

15ml triple sec

25ml lime juice

25ml orgeat (almond syrup)

dash of bitters

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass with more ice, add a dash of bitters to the finished drink and garnish with a lime wedge.


Hawaiian Classic: 

Get a little bit fruity with some tropical additions –

45ml white rum

45ml pineapple juice

22.5ml orange curacao (or triple sec)

22.5ml lime juice

15ml orgeat

15ml dark rum

Add the white rum, pineapple juice, orange curacao, lime juice and orgeat into a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Float the dark rum on top and garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherries.


Bitter Mai Tai:

Prefer your drinks to have a bitter edge? Switch out a lot of the rum for Campari –

45ml Campari

22.5ml Jamaican rum

15ml orange curacao

30ml lime juice

22.5ml orgeat syrup

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.


Experiment with the rums you use to add more depth to your cocktail – seek out spiced rums with caramel and ginger blends to make a smoother, velvety drink. Or consider swirling the glass with an overproof rum before adding the cocktail to intensify the flavours.

Fancy a different cocktail? Check out our cocktail list for inspiration.


Mai Tai cocktail

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