Classic Mai Tai


A traditional mai tai is an easy-to-make cocktail made up of two kinds of rum, orange liqueur, lime juice and almond syrup. If you don't happen to have all those goodies just hanging out in your kitchen cupboards, we'll show you how to make a slight variation that is just as delicious.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cocktail


  • Crushed ice

  • 1 ½ ounces white rum or other unflavored rum

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • ½ ounce orange liqueur or 1 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon orgeat (see Tip)

  • ½ ounce dark rum

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Lime slice, mint sprig and/or organic edible flower for garnish


  1. Fill a glass to the brim with crushed ice. Place more ice in a cocktail shaker; add white rum, lime juice, orange liqueur (or orange juice) and orgeat to the shaker. Cover and shake until chilled; strain into the prepared glass. Gently pour dark rum along the top of the drink (you can run it over the back of a spoon into the top of the glass to "float" it). Dust the top of the drink with cinnamon, then garnish with lime slice, mint sprig and/or flower, if desired.


Tip: Orgeat is a sweet almond syrup with floral notes. If you don't happen to keep orgeat on hand, you can mix up this quick substitution: Combine 1 Tbsp. honey, 1 Tbsp. hot water and 1/8 tsp. almond extract in a small bowl; stir until the honey is completely dissolved. Let cool completely before using. Makes enough for 2 drinks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 10g
Added Sugars 8g 16%
Protein 0g 1%
Total Fat 0g 0%
Vitamin A 47IU 1%
Vitamin C 17mg 19%
Folate 8mcg 2%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Magnesium 4mg 1%
Potassium 69mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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