Mai Tai

Editor's Note: If learning how to mix a beloved cocktail is on your bucket list, then you'll want to take a look at this recipe for the Mai Tai. This cocktail recipe is easy to make and will make your next get-together with friends even more special. Refreshing as can be, the Mai Tai will be the perfect addition to a cocktail party, open house, or even a simple watch party with friends. You'll love having a drink recipe ready to go the next time you entertain! Take a look at the notes below for details on variations and serving instructions, too. 

This was created by Victor Bergeron at his California restaurant, Trader Vic’s, in the 1940s. Too often, Mai Tais are served in really large glasses and don’t truly do service to the original drink.

When made with premium ingredients and kept to a reasonable size, this drink will live up to its name, which means “out of this world” in Tahitian. If you cannot find orgeat, use amaretto in its place.



OccasionCocktail Party

Recipe CourseBeverage


Taste and TextureFruity, Nutty, Tart

Type of DishAlcoholic Beverage, Cocktails


  • Ice for serving
  • 4 ounces dark rum
  • 1½ ounces triple sec
  • 1½ ounces fresh lime juice (from 1 to 1½ limes)
  • ½ ounce orgeat (see instructions for Straight Up below) or amaretto
  • 2 fresh mint leaves for garnish
  • 2 lime wedges for garnish


  1. Fill the rocks glasses with ice.

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the first 4 ingredients. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted and beaded with sweat.

  3. Strain into the rocks glasses, top each glass with a mint leaf and a lime wedge, and serve.


Rocks glasses 

Straight Up

Orgeat syrup is made from almonds and sugar. Very sweet, with a strong almond flavor, orgeat enhances many cocktails, most famously the mai tai. It is sometimes called almond syrup and is available online through sites that carry syrups.


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