Today’s experiment is recreating a classic Mai Tai. This cocktail was chosen due to it being an IBA recognized Classic Contemporary Cocktail, and can be found almost anywhere from upscale establishments, to sports bars, to Chinese restaurants, and most commonly – Beaches.
Mai Tai literally translates in Tahitian to “Good” (Maita’i). Good.

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Don't forget safety goggles!

Easy Mai Tai; Experiment #012

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes

Mai Tai is actually a drink which was invented in the mid 40's at Trader Vic's in California. These are associated with more upscale or beachy vibes and are a unique delight. It is a boozy, fruity, and refreshing mix that is sure to be a great experiment.


  • 1.3 Parts White Rum
  • 0.65 Parts Dark Rum
  • 0.5 Parts Orange Curacao (or Grand Mariner)
  • 0.5 Parts Orgeat Syrup (ask for or-zhaT)
  • 0.3 Parts Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice


  1. Calculate: Convert parts to glass size. Measure the water displacement of your intended specimen glass. The scientists behind this concoction recommend an Old-Fashioned glass. You can measure by filling your container with fresh ice and cold water to the level of which you intend your test subject to sample. Strain out the ice and measure the liquid in a graduated cylinder or precision beaker. Divide your measurement by parts for actual measurable amounts.
  2. Prepare: Slice a full lime into halves and, using a juice press or juicer, fill a beaker to your previously calculated specifications.
  3. Measure: Measure out your remaining ingredients and add directly to a Boston Shaker filled with ice. (other shakers may work too, but Boston Shaker's are cooler)
  4. Chill: Agitate the shaker vigorously, without causing a large mess. This agitation will rapidly bring the temperature of the solution closer to Absolut Zero. As always, wear your safety goggles if you are unable to contain the solution safely.
  5. Strain: Pour your solution into your prepared Old-Fashioned glass filled with Ice Cubes. Use crushed ice if your ambient temperature is colder than 55f.
  6. Garnish: It is well documented that scent and visual stimulation enhance the perception of taste in Humans. Adding sliced fruit such as Pineapple Wedges, Cherries, mint leaves, and lime peels will provide an avenue of further enhancement.


While on the surface this seems little more than a fancy Rum Punch, our volunteer human test subjects indicate this has a unique flavor and requested further analysis samples. This behavior is concerning considering the end ABV is approximately 20% which is the equivelant of 4 beers per drink. Science responsibly.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 1g