Classic Mai Tai

by XuCharles on May 03, 2023

Classic Mai Tai


Classic Mai Tai, a tropical cocktail originating from the Polynesian-themed bars of California in the 1940s, has become a staple drink in tiki culture with its refreshing blend of rum, lime juice, and almond syrup.


Lime wedge, for rimming

1 tbsp. chili powder

2 oz. dark rum

2 oz. white rum

1/4 c. freshly squeezed orange juice

Juice of 1 lime

2 oz. orange Curaçao

1 oz. orgeat syrup 


2 tbsp. grenadine

Pineapple wedges, for garnish

Lime slices, for garnish

Maraschino cherries, for garnish


Step 1 Rim 2 glasses with a lime wedge. Place chili powder on a small plate and dip rim into chili powder and turn to coat. 

Step 2 Divide rums, orange juice, lime juice, Curaçao, and orgeat syrup between glasses and stir. Fill with ice then divide grenadine between glasses. 

Step 3 Garnish with fruit to serve.


Cocktails are best enjoyed right after making and do not work as a make-ahead drink because the soda will go flat. 

If you tried this classic cocktail, let us know how it came out in the comments below!

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