Recipe courtesy of Arnold Bitner and Phoebe Beach

The Original Mai Tai

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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1 1/2 ounces Myers's Plantation Rum

1 ounce Cuban Rum

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice

1/4 Falernum*

1/2 ounce Cointreau

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 dash Pernod

1 cup cracked ice

Slice squeezed lime, for garnish

Pineapple spear, for garnish

Mint sprig, for garnish

*Falernum is a lime/ginger based syrup and can be found in some large liquor stores.


  1. Pour all the liquids into a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour it all into a 16-ounce double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with lime slice, pineapple, and mint sprig.