Original Mai Tai Cocktail

Original Mai Tai Cocktail

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time:
  • Total: 5 min
  • Serving: 1 Serving

Everyone seems to make their own version of a Mai Tai cocktail adding a variety of different ingredients that vastly differ from the 1930s original Mai Tai recipe shown below.


  • 2 ounces aged rum
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, juiced lime half reserved
  • 1/2 ounce orange curaçao
  • 1/4 ounce rock candy syrup
  • 1/4 ounce orgeat
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 mint sprig to garnish


  1. Place all of the ingredients, except for the garnish, into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake the mixture vigorously for 20 seconds to combine and then pour into a double Old Fashioned cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish the drink with the reserved lime half and the sprig of mint. Serve immediately.

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