Best Mai Tai Recipe
A citrusy, refreshing cocktail with classic Hawaiian appeal. Learn How To Make A Mai Tai the right way.
American, Caribbean, Mexican
aged pot still rum
(or blended rum)
fresh lime juice
(or orange curacao)
rich simple syrup
(2:1 sugar to water ratio)
Garnishes: mint, lime, pineapple, marichino cherries
Fill a shaker with 8 ounces ice. Add all the ingredients. Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Pour all the contents (including the ice) into a tiki mug or low ball glass. Mint and lime are the classic Mai Tai garnishes. However, pineapple and cherries are great when serving in tiki mugs.
MEXICAN MAI TAI VARIATION
1 1/2 ounces resposado tequila
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce orange curacao I like to use Cointreau Noir
1/2 ounce orgeat
To make citrus salt, grate the zest of an orange and a lime with a microplane. Stir the zest into salt and let it sit for 10 minutes (to allow the oils from the citrus to coat the salt). .
Rim a rocks glass with the citrus salt. Shake the tequila, lime, curacao, and orgeat with ice and strain over ice into the salted glass.
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