COCKTAILS

Mai Tai

Mai Tai means 'out of this world' in Tahitian - it's the perfect name for this irresistibly exotic cocktail. Combine fresh zesty ingredients with BACARDÍ Cuatro for full-flavored enjoyment.

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A mix of sweet, exotic and fragrant notes - the classic mai tai tastes out-of-this-world.

Make your own

Mai Tai

  • 1 1/2 oz BACARDÍ Añejo Cuatro rum
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz orgeat
  • 1/2 oz orange Curaçao
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
Learn

ONE STEP AT A TIME

Step 1

Build

Combine all ingredients into a shaker.
Step 2

Shake

Add ice and shake vigorously.
Step 3

Strain

Strain your mixture into a highball glass filled with crushed ice.
Step 4

Garnish

Garnish with a mint sprig, an orange slice and a lime wedge.

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MAKE IT YOUR OWN

It’s popular for bartenders to create unique twists on the Mai Tai cocktail, adding tropical fruits to create exotiv flavors. What will your signature Mai Tai be? Experiment with popular cocktail ingredients like passionfruit and mango to put your own stamp on this classic.

THE MAI TAI STORY

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Who made the first Mai Tai cocktail? Its origin has a contentious history riddled with rivalry, but Trader Vic’s recipe and story remain the most well-known today. “Anyone who says I didn’t create this drink is a dirty stinker,” Vic writes in his bartender guide. Well, that settles it then!

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FAQ

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

What flavors go into a Mai Tai?

Most Mai Tai recipes call for lime, orange curaçao and orgeat syrup – but variations exist. Some suggest adding mango, others sprinkle blueberries into the mix. Take a risk and experiment with this forgiving Tiki classic.

How do you pronounce Mai Tai?

An easy way to pronounce Mai Tai is to say “my tie”.

What is dark rum?

Dark rum can be found black, brown and red in appearance and is usually, but not always, aged longer than gold or white rum. It often indicates a more intense flavor profile, and is commonly used in cooking.

What is the Mai Tai cocktail origin story?

When the famous bartender Trader Vic wanted to impress his Tahitian guests with a delicious cocktail, he served them a tantalizing medley of rum and refreshing ingredients like lime juice, simple syrup, mint, orgeat and orange Curaçao. Upon tasting his concoction, his Tahitian guests proclaimed “Maita’i roa ae!” meaning “Out of this world!”. And the rest is history!