Best Mai Tai Recipe

Staff Writer
Best Mai Tai Recipe

Mai Tais are the most classic of all the Tiki cocktails, and we have a real-deal, tasty version for you here. This tastes less like your grandma’s mahjong juice, and more like a proper cocktail you’re not embarrassed to try in front of your friends.

Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 Ounces High-quality, aged amber rum
  • Juice from about ¾ of a fresh, juicy lime
  • ½ Ounce orgeat
  • ½ Ounce High-quality orange liqueur
  • ¼ Ounce Simple syrup
  • Mint sprig for garnish
  • Orchid flower for garnish (optional)


In a cocktail shaker filled partway with ice, combine all ingredients except the garnish and shake until very cold. Strain into a highball glass over ice, then garnish.

Mai Tai Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Mai Tai Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.