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Learn how to make the best mai tai recipe for a day on the beach.


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Recipe Summary

5 mins
5 mins
Makes 1 cocktail

This pretty Mai Tai cocktail is fruity and refreshing. If you're wondering how to make the best Mai Tai (or what's in a Mai Tai), you've come to the right place. Each Mai Tai ingredient adds depth and flavor to the tropical cocktail. The tart lime juice balances the sweet pineapple juice, and orgeat syrup (a sweet almond-flavored syrup) offers a base note to anchor the flavors together. Feel free to replace the orgeat with simple syrup and a drop of almond extract, which will mimic the almond undertones. Though we call for dark rum in the recipe, we tested it with white rum, and it was just as delicious. Make this easy Mai Tai recipe while you're relaxing on the beach—or if you just want to pretend you are.


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, Curaçao, orgeat, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker.

  • Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.

  • Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with dark rum, and garnish with mint, cherry, and pineapple.