Classic Tiki Mai Tai cocktail recipe from The Sunset Cookbook featuring white, gold, and dark rum along with orange curacao and orgeat rock candy syrup.
Classic Tiki Mai Tai
The mai tai is a creation of the West. The original featured aged rum, lime juice, and orange liqueur, with a bit of orgeat (almond-flavored syrup).

Serves: 1
Time: 5 minutes

  • 2 tbsp. each white (light) rum and gold rum
  • 1 tbsp. each orange curaçao, orgeat, rock candy syrup (see below), and fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. dark rum

1. Into a cocktail shaker, pour white and gold rums, curaçao, orgeat, rock candy syrup, and lime juice. Fill with ice cubes, cover, and shake vigorously.

2. Strain into an ice-filled 8- to 12-oz. glass. Slowly pour dark rum onto top of drink.

Quick Tips: Rock candy syrup is simple syrup with a hint of vanilla; look for it and orgeat where other cordial syrups are sold.

Per serving: 320 cal., 0% from fat; 0 g protein; 0 g fat; 27 g carbo (0 g fiber); 15 mg sodium; 0 mg chol.

More: Iconic Western dishes from The Sunset Cookbook

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