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Two Mai Tais in stemmed iced tea glasses on a round wooden board with red flowers in the background.
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Island Mai Tai Cocktail

There are a LOT of recipes for Mai Tais, this one is a Gr8 balance of fruity and rum-my. If you like it more rum forward, pump up the amount of rum float. If you like it more fruity, tone down the amount of rum. You're in charge!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Adult Beverage, Beverage, Cocktail
Cuisine: American, Tropical
Keyword: Cocktail, Island Mai Tai, Tropical
Servings: 2 drinks
Author: Anna

Special Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • 2 Double Old-Fashioned Glasses or Large Cocktail Glasses


  • 1 ¼ ounces white rum, also called silver rum or light rum
  • ¾ ounce cointreau
  • ½ ounce orgeat syrup, in a pinch an almond syrup, like Monin, can be substituted, but it won't be quite the same.
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ½ ounces orange juice
  • ¾ ounce dark rum, also called black rum
  • ½ lime shell, from squeezing, for garnish
  • 1 sprigs fresh mint, for garnish


Prepare the Glass

  • Cut 2 slits into the edge of a lime shell across from each other, then poke a hole into the dome of the shell. Stick a sprig of mint into the hole then set the lime shell on the edge of the glass using the two slits to secure it.
  • Fill the glass full with ice cubes, set aside.
  • Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and add the first 6 ingredients, white rum, cointreau, orgeat, lime juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice.
  • Shake vigorously to blend well, then pour over ice in prepared glass.
  • Float the black rum on the top of the drink by pouring over the back of spoon onto the drink.
  • Cheers!
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