Summer Cocktail Series: Traditional Mai Tai

Summer Cocktail Series: Mai Tai

There are few drinks more inspired by tiki culture than a traditional (and delicious) Mai Tai. While there are many versions, we’re partial to this flavorful preparation that combines premium aged rum with other tasty ingredients to create something special. We promise that with just one sip you’ll be transported to the beach, enjoying some cool island breezes in your brain. Sounds pretty good, right? Then let’s get into it.

Traditional Mai Tai 

Ingredients (Serves 1)

Tools Needed

Preparation Instructions

1. Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice, then add the rum, lime juice, simple syrup, orgeat almond, and curaçao-triple sec.


2. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until the shaker is well-chilled and frosty on the outside.

Chilled Shaker

3. Pour (unstrained) into your tiki mug, garnish with a pineapple wedge and two cherries on an umbrella pick, then enjoy!

Completed Mai Tai


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Caleb Houseknecht

I’m the Social Media Organizer and Content Writer at KegWorks. When I’m not blogging about beer, cocktails, and spirits, I’m usually reading, watching movies, playing music, or spending time with family.


  • Tim August 14, 2015 @ 11:21am

    Sounds good!! You need to add a print button so just the recipe gets printed.

    • Caleb Houseknecht August 17, 2015 @ 9:51am

      Hey Tim,

      That is an awesome idea, and we’re gonna look into setting that up. Thanks for the suggestion!

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