You’ve likely found yourself here because you’re a fellow Mai Tai lover! Welcome! My husband and I were in Hawaii a few weeks ago where we tried a lot of Mai Tais! One of our absolute favorites came from Halekulani’s House Without a Key! It’s a gorgeous restaurant overlooking Waikiki Beach with the beautiful aqua waters.
My husband became quite the Mai Tai connoisseur while we there, and he’s already making them at home now too! Thankfully, Halekulani’s shares their famous recipe SO we can all enjoy them! Now, you won’t quite have the gorgeous views but hey, your friends will be begging for the amazing Mai Tai recipe!
Here are a couple of phone pics I snapped while on the island, I truly felt like I was in paradise!
Now, don’t look at the recipe and think “I have no idea what those ingredients are, I’ll never be able to make this” because that’s exactly what I did at first, but my husband walked me through them all and it’s really a lot simpler than it looks. Be sure to use fresh lime juice, it makes all the difference. And garnish your glass, it’s the little things, friends! I’ve given you all the details under the recipe.
How to Make a Mai Tai
- 1/3 Ounce Orgeat Syrup
- 1/3 Ounce Orange Curaçao
- 1/3 Ounce Rock Candy Syrup
- 3/4 Ounce Bacardi Gold Rum
- 1/2 Ounce Bacardi 151 Rum
- 1 1/4 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
- 3/4 Ounce Bacardi Select (float)
- Build over crushed ice and float with 3/ 4 ounce of Bacardi Select Rum.
- Garnish with lime wheel, sugar cane stick, mint leaf, and Vanda orchid.
Mai Tai Ingredient Must-Haves
ORGEAT SYRUP – This is a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water! It’s most commonly used in…you got it..the Mai Tai! Now you can just buy it HERE or get really creative and make it yourself!
ORANGE CURACAO – You’ll find this at any liquor store but be careful not to get the vibrant blue version.
ROCK CANDY SYRUP – This is a sweeter and thicker version of simple syrup. To make it, take 2 parts sugar, 1 part water, brought to a boil, lower to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow to cool. Ta-da! Or simply buy it HERE.
BACARDI GOLD RUM, BACARDI 151 Rum, BACARDI Select – Also at any liquor store, these should not be too difficult to find.
Now in my opinion, the sugar cane is a necessity for making mai tais! The orchid, well, that might be an expensive addition so you could opt for a cocktail umbrella instead. But the sugar cane, I have these sugar cane stirrers in my home bar, and I LOVE THEM! P.S. They’re also fun to serve with coffee, tea, or anything you might add sugar to!
There you have it! I have a few other travel tips and make-at-home recipe ideas from Hawaii, so if you love this one, let me know in the comments! Sip sip hooray!