The Perfect Mai Tai

    10 min

    The perfect spring or summer drink. Tried and tested for over 12 years now and always a crowd favourite!

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    Serves: 32 

    • 500ml light rum
    • 250ml dark rum
    • 250ml 151 proof rum
    • 250ml orange curacao (orange flavored liqueur)
    • 250ml almond flavored syrup
    • 250ml simple syrup
    • 10 limes, juiced
    • 2L fresh orange juice

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. In a large jug, combine the light rum, dark rum, 151 rum, orange liqueur, almond syrup, simple syrup and lime juice. Stir and top with orange juice. Do not use grenadine if you want a true Mai Tai! Serve in glasses with ice.

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    This is good stuff. I made it for my dad's retirement party that was jimmy buffett themed & i think even jimmy would agree it was delicious! wouldn't change a thing.. ps to below asking was simple syrup is: Simple syrup, or sugar syrup, is very easy to make and is used in many cocktails such as Jell-O Shots, Daiquiris and Hurricanes to add volume and sweetness. With this recipe you can make as small or as large a batch as you wish and store it in the refrigerator in a well sealed bottle indefinitely. Ingredients: 2 parts sugar 1 part water Preparation: Bring the water to a boil. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Allow to cool completely and bottle.  -  05 Aug 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I sure hope more than 4 people have tried this recipe for the perfect mai tai, because that's exactly what it is, simply PERFECT. This is absolutely a crowd pleaser...I mean no one walks away after having made this for them without begging and pleading for this recipe and amazing their friends with it too. Try it, I promise you'll like it. No substitutions needed. This one by far is my absolute favorite mixed drink home or at restaurants.  -  26 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Amazing find. Alcohol is well hidden in amazing combination that creates a bright, smooth drink. To keep things sweet, I used a combination of regular limes and key limes for the juice - just juiced 5 regular limes, then over a dozen key limes to get an equal amount of juice. For the orange liqueur, I used about 3 shots of Grand Marnier, then filled up the rest of the cup with cheap BOLS triple sec. For the OJ, I used store-bought "not from concentrate" orange juice to save time. The almond syrup really added a unique twist taste, and should not be missed. Also, to save money and make sure it was not too strong, I followed the suggestions of others and replaced the 151 proof rum with a combo of the light and dark. Tasted amazing the first day, lost a bit of it's bright, fruity taste the next day; so I'd suggest you avoid storing it.  -  16 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)