Mai Tai

Mai Tai

Quick Facts

Cocktail History

Did you know that Mai Tai means ‘Out of this World’ in Tahitian? This cocktail is one of the most popular and iconic drinks in tiki culture. First created in 1944 by Vic Bergeron, the Mai Tai quickly gained a following among tiki enthusiasts and beachgoers alike. The Mai Tai is made from rum, orgeat syrup, lime juice, and orange curacao, creating an exotic blend of citrusy sweetness with a hint of almond. A distinguishing feature of the Mai Tai that made it stand out from other cocktails of the time was its ingredients; many Mai Tai recipes include two kinds of rum with different flavor profiles- golden Jamaican rum for richness, and dry Martinique rum for complexity. While some Mai Tais have been tweaked over time to make them stronger or sweeter, the original recipe remains just as beloved today as it was when it first appeared at Trader Vic’s bar in Oakland, California all those years ago.


  • 2-3 oz Rum
  • 1 oz Cointreau or another orange curaçao
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • Garnish: Pineapple Wedge, Cherry, Mint Sprig

Cocktail Preparation

Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 20-30 seconds or until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, mint sprig and cherry.

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