Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Rum Cocktails

Traditional Mai Tai

Image: Tim Nusog

While some Mai Tai variants call for pineapple juice, this recipe omits it in favor of the more classic recipe favored by Martin Cate’s award-winning Tiki bar Smuggler's Cove.


  • 3/4 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz Rock candy syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
  • 1/4 oz Orgeat
  • 1/2 oz Orange curaçao
  • 2 oz Premium aged rum (such as Appleton Estate 12-year-old or El Dorado 12- year-old)
  • Garnish: Lime rind
  • Garnish: Mint sprig


  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with crushed ice and shake vigorously until the shaker is well-chilled and frosty on the outside.

  2. Pour (unstrained) into a double Old Fashioned glass.

  3. Garnish with the rind of half of a juiced lime and a fresh mint sprig.