The Mai Tai: A Potent Tiki Delight

The Mai Tai, a legendary Tiki cocktail, boasts a complex flavor profile and a respectable alcohol content. While the exact amount of alcohol can vary depending on the recipe and ingredients used, most Mai Tais pack a punch with an average ABV of around 20%.

Understanding ABV and Alcohol Content

ABV, or Alcohol by Volume, is a measure of the percentage of pure alcohol present in a beverage. A higher ABV indicates a higher concentration of alcohol, making the drink more potent.

To calculate the alcohol content of a Mai Tai, we need to consider the ABV of the individual ingredients and their proportions in the recipe. A typical Mai Tai recipe includes:

  • White rum (80 proof): 1.5 ounces
  • Dark rum (80 proof): 0.5 ounces
  • Orange curaçao (40 proof): 0.75 ounces
  • Lime juice: 0.75 ounces
  • Orgeat syrup: 0.5 ounces

Using the formula: (Ingredient 1 Volume x Ingredient 1 ABV) + (Ingredient 2 Volume x Ingredient 2 ABV) + … + (Ingredient N Volume x Ingredient N ABV) / Total Volume, we can calculate the estimated ABV of the Mai Tai:


(1.5 oz * 0.4) + (0.5 oz * 0.4) + (0.75 oz * 0.2) + (0.75 oz * 0) + (0.5 oz * 0) / 3.5 oz = 0.20

This calculation indicates that a typical Mai Tai has an ABV of 20%, making it a relatively strong cocktail. However, it’s important to note that this is just an estimate, and the actual ABV can vary depending on the specific ingredients and proportions used.

Factors Affecting Alcohol Content

Several factors can influence the alcohol content of a Mai Tai:

  • Type of rum: The ABV of rum varies depending on the brand and type. Using higher-proof rums will naturally increase the overall alcohol content of the cocktail.
  • Amount of each ingredient: Adjusting the proportions of the ingredients can alter the ABV. For instance, increasing the amount of rum or orange curaçao will boost the alcohol content, while adding more lime juice or orgeat syrup will dilute it.
  • Ice dilution: As the ice melts, it dilutes the cocktail, lowering the ABV. Shaking the Mai Tai with ice will result in a slightly lower ABV compared to stirring it with ice.

Responsible Consumption

The Mai Tai’s potent nature warrants responsible consumption. It’s important to pace yourself and drink in moderation, especially if you’re not accustomed to high-alcohol cocktails. Be mindful of your individual tolerance and adjust your consumption accordingly.

The Mai Tai is a flavorful and potent Tiki cocktail that deserves its legendary status. Understanding the factors that influence its alcohol content allows you to make informed choices about your consumption and enjoy this classic drink responsibly.


Rocco Milano, Co-Founder United States of America

On the OTR Mai Tai Cocktail

Co-founder and global brand ambassador Rocco Milano’s interpretation of a contemporary twist on a traditional tiki cocktail Cruzan® light and dark rums are specially blended to create the OTR Mai Tai cocktail. The saying “what one rum can’t do, two rums can” is an old tiki proverb. For the ideal Mai Tai, combine the flavors of orange and pineapple with this rum blend.

A delicious cocktail with a pink hue that is a modern classic. Ours is made with smooth imported EFFEN® vodka.

This drink has an agave-forward profile with a traditional tart yet sweet flavor thanks to the blend of Hornitos® Plata tequila.

Enjoy a sophisticated OTR Manhattan cocktail that embodies the spicy complexity of Basil Hayden® Dark Rye as you unwind on the east coast.

Larios®, a milder gin made from juniper and citrus, is used to make our Aviation. A hint of violet, along with classic flavors of dry cherry and lemon, give the overall profile a unique and flavorful taste.

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Is a Mai Tai or margarita stronger?

Mai-Tai — (26.2%, 6oz in volume, 1.57oz alcohol) Manhattan — (27.68%, 4.75oz in volume, 1.31oz alcohol) Long Island Iced Tea — (19.35%, 6.4oz in volume, 1.24oz alcohol) Margarita — (22.5%, 5.33oz in volume, 1.2oz alcohol)

What is the strongest cocktail?

While Hemingway suggests drinking “three to five of these slowly”, we would definitely have to disagree. And last on our list, but certainly not the least (amount of alcohol, that is), we have the Aunt Roberta. This cocktail contains 100% liquor and is widely regarded as THE strongest cocktail in the world.

How much alcohol is in a French 75?

This cocktail got its name because it’s a powerful drink, and the liquor does make it stronger than a normal glass of wine. At its most potent—with 2 ounces of gin—the French 75’s alcohol content is about 19 percent ABV (38 proof).

How much alcohol is in a Mai Tai?

Most mai tai recipes are rather potent drinks, mixing up to around 20 percent ABV (40 proof) when made with two 80 proof rums. The amount of alcohol will vary; some mai tais are stronger, while the fruitier recipes are slightly lighter.

How do you make a Mai Tai cocktail?

Add the white rum, curaçao, lime juice and orgeat into a shaker with crushed ice and shake lightly (about 3 seconds). Pour into a double rocks glass. Float the dark rum over the top. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig. To make a classic Mai Tai cocktail, you need fresh lime juice and the right combination of rums.

Can you use rum in a Mai Tai cocktail?

Use aged rum in an El Presidente or Pineapple Rum Cocktail, and dark rum in Rum Punch, Dark and Stormy, or a Jungle Bird. So you’ve got your orgeat syrup, stocked up on golden and dark rum, and figured our your orange liqueur. Now it’s time to make a Mai Tai cocktail!

What does a Mai Tai drink taste like?

The mai tai drink is tart and strong in flavor. Although it’s made with a sweet and sour mix these days, it’s by no means a sweet cocktail. The rum flavor is prominent in a mai tai, so it’s important to use one that’s good quality. In short, it’s a cocktail with a distinct rum flavor and just a hint of lime. What Does “Mai Tai” Mean?

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