Mai Tai


by David Alan
Photography by Jenna Northcutt

Arguably the most famous of the tiki cocktails, but one of the most misunderstood. Though proportions may vary and different rums may be used, the traditional mai tai is generally agreed to be comprised simply of aged rum, orange liqueur, lime juice and orgeat—a traditional almond syrup.

Super easy

Mai Tai


For 1 Serving(s)


  • 1 1/2 ounce(s) aged rum
  • 3/4 ounce(s) orgeat syrup
  • 1/2 ounce(s) Paula's Texas Orange
  • 1/2 ounce(s) freshly squeezed lime juice

Mai Tai Directions

  1. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice.
  2. Garnish with a sprig of mint and an orchid (optional).