Mai Tai Cocktail

If you don’t have orgeat, use 1/2 ounce simple syrup (made with turbinado or demerara) mixed with 1/8 teaspoon almond extract.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail


  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce  amber rum (preferably Jamaican - a dark rum will also do in a pinch)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange Curaçao (Cointreau will also work, or, in a pinch, Triple Sec)
  • 1/2 ounce  orgeat (see Recipe Note)
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint, for garnish

Special equipment:


1 Combine all ingredients: Add all the liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker, then fill the shaker with crushed ice.

2 Shake the drink: Shake the drink until the shaker is almost too cold to hold. You won’t need to do this as long as you would for a typical cocktail since the crushed ice will cool the drink faster.

3 Pour: Pour the entire contents of the shaker, including the ice, into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with mint, and enjoy!