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Hanging out at a bar and going down the menu trying different drink recipes is always fun, but when I tried this Mai Tai recipe, the game changed.

I always thought tropical drinks were just fruit juice with a ton of booze. But the Mai Tai has a complex flavor profile that sent it straight to the top of my favorite cocktails list. I love mixing this recipe up for friends when we’re enjoying a lazy day at Pausa, our pool bar.

If you’ve never tried Tiki drinks, let me encourage you to explore the world of tiki exotic cocktails. It is a fun, flavorful journey that does not disappoint.

To learn more about Tiki history and cocktails, the book Smuggler’s Cove is an awesome resource for this Mai Tai Recipe and loaded with some of the best recipes you’ll ever have.

Now, let’s drink!

Mai Tai Recipe

Ingredients – Single serving
  • 3.5 oz freshly squeezed Lime juice
    Yes, squeeze the limes. The freshness in flavor adds a lot to the final mix.
  • 1 oz Orgeat syrup
    There are recipes to make your own but the best we have found off the shelf is by Liber & Co. I don’t know how this company does it, but the quality and flavor of their syrups are amazing.
  • 1/2 oz of Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao
  • 1  1/2oz Aged Rum
    You can experiment with different rums but for this drink lean into the Jamaican rums. They bring a tremendous amount of flavor that simply can’t be beat. They are also great served neat;)
  • 1/2 ounce Dark Rum
    Jamaican rum again. Once you taste the rich flavor you’ll understand why this is the way to go.

Garnish with fresh mint and a lime wedge

Mix
Place the lime juice, Orgeat syrup, orange liqueur and aged rum into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake till cold.
Strain the drink into an ice filled double old fashioned glass.
Float the dark rum and garnish with mint and lime wedge.

Enjoy our Favorite Mai Tai Recipe!

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