Mai Tai Original Recipe


Mai Tai Original Recipe

Mai Tai

¾ 0z dark rum

¾ oz golden run

½ oz triple sec

¼ oz orgeat syrup

2 oz sweet and sour mix

Shake with ice and strain into stemmed cocktail glass.


Fill the cocktail shaker half way ice and add the cocktail ingredients. Close the shaker firmly, and hold it with your right hand wrapped around the top and your left hand cradling the bottom. Raise the shaker over your shoulder and shake hard until the drink is chilled, 10 to 15 seconds. Strain it into a glass—a good shake will leave a layer of very fine ice shards on the surface of the drink


If you have a high speed blender, put everything in a blender ¼ filled with crushed ice. Blend for 5 seconds and pour over ice.

Collins Cocktail Glass

Collins Cocktail Glass

There are many different versions of the Mai Tai.  This is the original recipe from Trader Vic who had a chain of tropical themed restaurants across the United States.

A complete list of cocktail drink recipes is available at the American Bartenders Schools cocktail drink index page. Many of these recipes have how to videos and are informative and entertaining.

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  • 25 Oct, 2010
  • Joe Bruno
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Thanks for the great video, Mai Tai's is an essential recipe for any bartender. Add this to the NEVER FORGET list everyone. -Ryan
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Help! I am now rolling in my grave at 7800 rpm! You lousy stinkers are killing me with this awful recipe! -Victor Bergeron
Steven Dean Lauria
With all due respect, that's not Trader Vic's recipe for a Mai Tai. Trader Vic's recipe is as follows: 2 ozs. 17-year-old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican rum 1/2 oz. French Garnier orgeat 1/2 oz. Holland DeDuyper orange curacao 1/4 oz. Rock Candy syrup 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 1 sprig of fresh mint for garnish Shake and strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Add the garnish. Please, get your facts right. Thanks.

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