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Happy Place Recipe, Classic Mai Tai

mai tai
Written By
Parachute Team
Photographs By
Jessica Schramm for Parachute
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Transport yourself to a tropical happy place with this classic mai tai recipe! This cocktail is equal parts delicious and sophisticated, not to mention it's strong enough to make you feel like you're hanging on the beaches of Hawaii. Gather your rum, juices and shaker – you'll be a mixologist in no time.  

mai tai ingredients and glasses.


  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum

  • 3/4 ounce orange curaçao (or high quality triple sec)

  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 ounce orgeat (almond syrup)

  • 1/2 ounce dark rum

  • Garnish: lime wheel

  • Garnish: Mint sprig


  • Pour white rum, curaçao, lime juice and orgeat into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.

  • Shake lightly for about 5 seconds.

  • Pour into a rocks glass.

  • Float the dark rum over the top (optional) 

  • Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.