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Mai tai

I’ve been which means to share this epic mai tai recipe with you for months! I found the recipe in my good friend Alana Kysar’s gorgeous new cookbook, Aloha Kitchen (affiliate website link). Alana is effusive and thoughtful, challenging doing work and talented, and you would know this all by glancing at her guide. She sent me a copy and I’ve realized so a lot about Hawaiian culture and cuisine from it.

Her mai tai recipe is in the drink section at the back of the guide. I’ve been wanting to understand how to make a appropriate tiki drink ever because we acquired a tiki bar in town, so here we are.

Alana says, “The mai tai is typically associated with Hawaii, regardless of is California origin. Whether or not you believe Don the Beachcomber or Trader Vic invented the drink, its sturdy tie to the islands stays. If you’ve ordered them in the past, possibilities are you’ve had varied experiences, ranging from wonderful to horrible and almost everything in among.”

This mai tai recipe is well balanced, deliciously tropical, and quite boozy, like a mai tai ought to be. Your common cocktail contains one-and-a-half ounces of liquor, and this a single consists of three ounces of rum. You have been warned.

Aloha Kitchen Cookbook

Aloha Kitchen: Recipes from Hawai’i is a gorgeous, coffee table-worthy cookbook overflowing with vibrant photographs of Hawaii, Hawaiian recipes, and even background lessons. I’ve never ever had the opportunity to check out Hawaii, but I fell in really like with Alana’s description of Hawaiian culture ahead of I even received to her collection of 85 recipes.

I had a number of epiphanies as I study Alana’s guide. 1, I’m even far more keen to expertise Hawaii now. Two, I realized I knew quite little about Hawaii’s historical past and cultural influences. Alana provides a thorough rundown in the introduction, along with icons for the originating ethnic group on every recipe.

Lastly, I knew practically nothing about Hawaiian food—it’s so lovely and interesting, and however for me as a vegetarian, more meaty than meatless. Pescetarians and absolutely everyone else, you will discover many recipes that perform for you in this cookbook. If you really like Hawaii or are dying to visit like I am, you need this guide!

Mai Tai Components

Alana consulted with two-time “World’s Greatest Mai Tai” champion bartender, Justin Park, on this recipe. She says, “This is his get on a traditional mai tai, the place he forgoes the classic floating of the rums to generate a nicely-balanced cocktail that’s great from begin to finish.”

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Dark molasses rum
  • Light pure cane rum
  • Honey simple syrup (directions presented in recipe notes, created simply from honey and water)
  • Orgeat syrup
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Angostura bitters

What is orgeat syrup?

I wasn’t confident myself until finally I bought some for this recipe. Orgeat syrup is manufactured from an interesting blend of almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water. It’s sweet and tasty, and you might understand the taste from other tiki drinks. It tastes like sunshine and summertime and smells like suntan lotion. Or far more critically, like marzipan.

Alana advised Modest Hand Food items brand of orgeat, which I bought on Amazon. You can make a great deal of mai tais with a single bottle of orgeat, plus it’s wonderful mixed with unflavored club soda.

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Be sure to examine out Aloha Kitchen and let us know how your mai tais turn out in the feedback!

Mai Tai Cocktail

  • Writer: Cookie and Kate
  • Prep Time: ten minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1 x
  • Class: Cocktail
  • Strategy: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian

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Find out how to make classic mai tai cocktails with this simple recipe from the Aloha Kitchen cookbook. They’re powerful and tasty, like mai tais should be! Recipe as written yields one cocktail you can make two at when in a big shaker.


  • two ounce s dark molasses rum (like El Dorado 8-Yr Demerara Rum)
  • one ounce light pure cane rum (like Batiste Rhum Ecoiste)
  • ounce honey easy syrup*
  • ounce orgeat syrup (I used Small Hand Meals per Alana’s recommendation)
  • ounce fresh lime juice
  • Spritz** or dash of Angostura bitters
  • Lime wheel, for garnish


  1. Fill a double outdated-fashioned glass with ice and set it aside to chill. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix the two rums, the honey syrup, orgeat syrup and lime juice.
  2. Shake. Strain the cocktail into the ice-filled glass. Evenly spritz the top of the drink with bitters and garnish with a lime wheel ahead of serving.

Recipe shared with permission from Aloha Kitchen: Recipes from Hawai’i by Alana Kysar.

*Honey easy syrup: Simple combine equal parts honey and water in a modest saucepan and warm above low heat until you can completely stir the honey into the water (or warm them with each other briefly in the microwave). It’s essential to make easy syrup due to the fact straight honey doesn’t mix effectively into cold drinks.

**Bitters note: The recipe suggests employing a little spray bottle or atomizer to spritz the bitters on leading of the drink. It is wonderful that way, but if you don’t have the gear, just include a swift dash to the cocktail prior to shaking.

Garnish choices: I created these drinks as written in the book and loved them. I typically see mai tais garnished with mint sprigs and/or pineapple slices, so come to feel free to gussy yours up if you’d like.

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