Recipe By Allrecipes
Published Jun 22nd
Prep 10m Cook - Additional - Ready In 10m
Servings 1 cocktail Calories 254.5

California restaurateur Trader Vic is credited with invention of the mai tai. He served the rum and juice cocktail to friends visiting from Tahiti, who exclaimed, ‘Maita’i roa ae!’ The term translates to ‘very good’ and the name mai tai stuck.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 2 fluid ounces 17-year old J. Wray Nephew Jamaican Rum
  • ½ fluid ounce French Garnier Orgeat
  • ½ fluid ounce orange Curacao liqueur
  • ¼ fluid ounce rock candy syrup
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 sprig fresh mint

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Fill a rocks glass with 1 cup crushed ice. Set aside in the freezer.
  2. 2 Combine rum, orgeat, orange Curacao, rock candy syrup, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into the chilled rocks glass.
  3. 3 Garnish with half of the lime shell inside the drink and float a sprig of fresh mint on the edge of the glass.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 254.5
  • Carbohydrate 27.6 g
  • Fat 0.2 g
  • Fiber 1.9 g
  • Protein 0.6 g
  • Sodium 17.9 mg
  • Sugar 15.3 g


  1. Yes! This is how a mai tai should be made!
  2. I made this with Captain Morgan s Black Spiced Rum since it was on hand and it was delicious. Definitely a keeper and I can wait to try it out on friends.
  3. This is the original recipe described in Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide (Revised c. 1972). The 17-year J. Wray Nephew rum has not been available for decades. For a substitute visit my profile to see my Mai Tai Rum Blend recipe. I agree with The Lobster Lady: use Fee Brothers Ogeat for any cocktail calling for - Read more ...
  4. If your looking for French Garnier Orgeat.............try "Orgeat White Almond Syrup. made by Fee Brothers. It can be found in most Liquor Store.
  5. Well done. Could not find French Garnier Orgeat but I will be on the lookout. Thanks for a proper Mai Tai recipe.
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