Mai Tai

  • Units: 3
  • Served in: Highball glass
  • Total time: 5 minutes


  • 25 ml/ 0.85 fl. oz (1 measure) Curaçao (white rum)
  • 25 ml/ 0.85 fl. oz (1 measure) Dark Rum
  • 12½ ml/ 0.42 fl. oz (1/2 measure) Orange Curacao
  • 12½ ml/ 0.42 fl. oz (1/2 measure) Lime juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Recommended
  • 12½ ml/ 0.42 fl. oz (1/2 measure) Amaretto
  • 12½ ml/ 0.42 fl. oz (1/2 measure) Apricot brandy
  • To garnish 
  • 1 Orange slice
  • 1 Cherry 
Mai Tai

Invented in California in the early (Reports date it to 1944 or 1933) the Mai Tai cocktail is an alcoholic drink made from rum, curaçao and lime – this 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).

Mai Tai is Tahitian for "good" and it is refreshing fruity zesty and delicious – whatever combination you choose to partner the rum and curaçao!


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

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