Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe


An easy cocktail recipe for a

Mai Tai

The strong polynesian cocktail with almond syrup



  • 4 parts rum
  • 2 parts dark rum
  • 2 parts cointreau
  • 1 part sugar syrup
  • 1 part almond syrup
  • 2 parts lime juice
  • a lime
  • ice cubes, crushed ice
  • longdrink glass


How to mix a Mai Tai

For a Mai Tai cocktail mix all ingredients, except the lime, along with some ice cubes in a shaker. Cut the lime into eight pieces, put them in an empty longdrink glass and squeeze them slightly. Fill the glass almost entirely with crushed ice and strain the drink from the shaker into the glass (the ice cubes stay in the shaker). Stir. Garnish with a piece of pineapple, a cocktail cherry and a mint sprig.


Bartender’s tips and advice

  • Fresh mint stays fresh for a little longer if you put it in a small plastic bag and place this plastic bag in a fridge. Always use fresh mint. While you can work with packaged fruit juice instead of fresh one, there’s no way around using fresh mint for cocktails.
  • Always try to use fresh squeezed lime juice for the Mai Tai. Using fresh juices is key to preparing classic cocktails with a great taste. There´s at least 1/2 oz. (= 1,5 cl) of juice in each lime.
  • This classic cocktail dates back to the 1930s and has been mixed for the first time at Trader Vics Bar in San Francisco. Since then Trader Vics Bars have expanded internationally and serve not only polynesian cocktails but also snacks and food. And by now many people even refer to the Trader Vics as the “Mai Tai Bar”. A bar I can recommend!
  • The special twist of the Mai Tai’s taste stems from the almond syrup. The taste of that syrup alone will remind you of marzipan. Another cocktail that is using almond syrup as an ingredient is called Mexican Sunset.
  • Find more tips and interesting facts in the bartenders guide.


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