Mai Tai cocktail

Mai Tai cocktail
Mai Tai is Tahitian for "good" and this Mai Tai cocktail is refreshing, fruity and delicious – whatever combination you choose to partner the rum and curaçao!
Invented in California in the early 1940s) the Mai Tai cocktail is an alcoholic drink made from rum, curaçao and lime.
This cocktail recipe is a slight modification to the original recipe, with some of the original ingredients (orgeat syrup) replaced with ones which are easier to obtain (amaretto and apricot brandy).
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Highball glass


  • 25 ml curaçao (white rum)
  • 25 ml dark rum
  • 12.5 ml orange curacao
  • 12.5 ml lime juice
  • pineapple juice
  • ice cubes


  • 12.5 ml amaretto
  • 12.5 ml apricot brandy

To garnish

  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 cherry


  • Pour the dark rum, amaretto, apricot brandy, orange curacao and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and shake well. 
  • Fill the tall glass with ice.
  • Pour the Mai Tai from the shaker into the glass, over the ice. 
  • Next top up with pineapple juice. 
  • Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry. 


units: 3
The Mai Tai was also prominently featured in the Elvis Presley film Blue Hawaii.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.