Try these fruity mai tai cocktails, then check out our piña colada, frozen strawberry daiquiri, long island iced tea, strawberry mojito and more refreshing rum cocktails. Also learn how to make your own sugar syrup to use in this cocktail.

Make your own homemade sugar syrup using our step-by-step recipe, it’s super easy!

Our drinks expert, Hannah Guinness, shares her at-home bar tips to help you take your mai tai to the next level.

What is a mai tai?

One of the world’s most famous tiki cocktails, the mai tai is thought to have emerged in the 1940s, and was created as a way to showcase premium rum. It’s a brilliantly balanced and fresh – if potent – cocktail, showcasing a blend of different rums.

Mai tai ingredients

As rum is the star here make sure you use the best white and dark rums you can find. We’ve tried and tested the best premium rums – check out the results. Use freshly squeezed juices to ensure the vibrancy of the cocktail.

Bar hacks and garnishes

To save on time, make a big batch of sugar syrup using our recipe. For an extra tropical twist, try swapping the white rum for a golden pineapple rum – we love Two Drifters Spiced Overproof Pineapple Rum. As the cocktail is served with plenty of ice use a generous tumbler in this recipe.

Take your skills to the next level with this handy cocktail kit from the olive shop. Completed with easy-to-use cobbler shaker, double jigger, fine mesh strainer and bar spoon, it has everything you need to make next-level drinks at home. Buy here.

Make it a non-alcoholic mai tai

For a convincing alternative to rum, try mixing 3-4 tbsp of apple juice with a dash of almond extract.

Mai tai recipe


  • 30ml white rum
  • 30ml dark rum
  • 1 tbsp Orange curacao or Cointreau
  • ½ tbsp orgeat or almond syrup
  • 30ml lime juice
  • ½ tbsp sugar syrup
  • mint leaves, to garnish
  • lime wheel, to garnish
  • pineapple wedge, to garnish


  • STEP 1

    Put all of the ingredients except the garnishes in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a tumbler filled with ice and garnish with the lime, mint and pineapple.

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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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