After one sip, you’ll be fire dancing and surfing Diamond Head.

The Mai Tai, one of the quintessential Boat Drinks. It tastes great, puts a crooked smile on your face and makes you feel as if you’re on vacation. Sounds like a can’t miss cocktails right? That’s what I thought until, I started reading into the history and recipes.

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Mai Tai Drink Recipes

Turns out there are about as many Mai Tai recipes as there are grains of sand on the beach. Which one to choose!

The creator of the “original” version is Victor J. Bergeron in 1944, and was allegedly used at the Honolulu Sheraton Moana Surfrider. You know how these original recipes go though, the facts get a little muddled with rum and time.

Here are 5 popular Mai Tai cocktail recipes for you to choose from. All I know is that after looking at the tidal wave of information on this popular drink, I could definitely use a few.

Mai Tai Recipe (Original)

  • 2 oz. of 17-year old J. Wray & Nephew Rum over shaved ice
  • Add juice from one fresh lime
  • 1/2 oz. Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao
  • 1/4 oz. Trader Vic’s Rock Candy Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. French Garier Orgeat Syrup

Directions: Shake vigorously. Pour over crushed ice. Add a sprig of fresh mint.

Mai Tai Recipe #2

  • 1/2 oz. Amaretto
  • 1 oz. Rum Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Rum Dark Rum
  • 1 Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Sweet and Sour mix
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec

Directions: Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves. Raise glass and toast.

Mai Tai Recipe #3

  • 2 oz. your favorite rum
  • 3 oz. Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Mix
  • 1/2 oz. orange curacao
  • 1/2 oz. almond syrup
  • 1/2 oz. vanilla syrup

Directions: Add lime juice to taste. Mix thoroughly and pour over ice in tall glass. Raise glass and toast.

Mai Tai Recipe #4

  • 1-3/4 oz. light rum
  • 3/4 oz. Myers’s rum
  • 3/4 oz. orange curacao (or Grand Marnier)
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Juice of a lime
  • Juice of an orange (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • a splash of grenadine

Directions: Mix all ingredients thoroughly and pour over ice in tall glass. Add splash of grenadine at end. Raise glass and toast.

Mai Tai Recipe #5

  • 1 oz. Light Rum
  • 1 oz. Dark Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. Amaretto
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup

Directions: Serve in Hurricane glass. Add all ingredients to shaker. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with Cherry and pineapple. Raise glass and toast.

You can see some of the common elements like light and dark rum, lime juice, and pineapple juice that all of the recipes use. Which one do you try, I have no idea. I say mix one of each and have a Mai Tai taste testing party! Come on, I’ve had worse ideas.

If you have a different Mai Tai cocktail recipe, feel free to post it in the comment section below. We would love to see your take on this popular boat drink.


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