Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

This summery cocktail is one of the more popular cocktails. The original recipe is said to be invented in 1944 by Victor J. Bergeron at his restaurant Trader Vic's in Oakland, CA. Now this drink is worldwide famous for its tropical and fruity flavors.

Right below we've listed our favorite version of the Mai Tai. Scroll further down for the ingredients and how-to of the original Trader Vic's Mai Tai recipe.

Mai Tai ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) Pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) Orange juice
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Light rum
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) Dark rum
  • 1/4 oz (7.5 ml) Crème de Almond liqueur
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnish: Pineapple wedge & red cherry

How to make the Mai Tai

  1. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes and add the pineapple juice, orange juice, light rum, dark rum and crème de almond
  2. Shake the shaker well
  3. Pour into a fancy glass
  4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge on the edge of the glass and add a red cherry on the top of the drink

It’s that easy to enjoy this delicious tropical cocktail!

Mai Tai Cocktail with Pineapple Garnish

This is our favorite version of the Mai Tai. You don't have to use the same amounts, but we do recommend using the same ratios. We've even got a few Mai Tai variations if you want to try something else.

But first, the ingredient list and how-to for the original Mai Tai by Victor J. Bergeron.

Trader Vic's Mai Tai

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Dark Jamaican rum
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Aged Martinique rum
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) Orgeat (almond syrup)
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) Orange Curaçao
  • 1/4 oz (7.5 ml) sugar syrup

Put the liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain the mixture into a double old-fashioned glass with crushed ice. Garnish with some mint and lime shell.

Mai Tai variations

  • Mango Mai Tai - Add fresh mango puree
  • Sunset Mai Tai - Add a splash of grenadine, after the mixture has been poured in the glass

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