Mai Tai

Mai Tai
4 mins preparation,

Created by the founding father of 1940s’ Tiki culture, Trader Vic, this wonderful rum cocktail often gets, quite wrongly, written off as a cheesy drink of no consequence. In fact it’s an edifying riot of flavour and aroma, as well as being an excellent way of showcasing a good rum. The drink’s name comes from the Tahitian expression ‘Mai Tai Roa Ae’, or ‘out of this world’.


50ml Appleton Estate VX or other good quality rum
25ml freshly squeezed lime juice
12.5ml orange curaçao liqueur
6.25ml orgeat syrup
6.25ml sugar syrup*



Glass: rocks glass or highball


Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice


Garnish to taste, but a lime wedge and mint sprig are a must


*Making the sugar syrup

Dissolve 2 cups of sugar in 1 cup of hot water and leave to cool before use

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