How to Make Mai Tiki’s Mai Tai

Ferndale’s hidden speakeasy-inspired tiki bar shares their recipe for the popular tropical, rum-based cocktail.
Photograph courtesy of Mai Tiki

Mai Tiki in Ferndale combines the allure of an old-school speakeasy with fun of a modern tiki bar. Hidden behind a wooden door inside of Tigerlily, a new Japanese pub, Mai Tiki specializes in tropical drinks made with house made syrups, juices and hard-to-find ingredients.

While the Mai Tai has undergone many variations since it was first served at Trader Vic’s in 1945, Mai Tiki’s version is built upon the spirit of the original with a smooth blend of rum and citrus that creates a sweet and refreshing flavor. Try out their twist on the classic cocktail at home with this recipe.


  • 1.5 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 ounces dark rum
  • 3/4 ounces dry curacao
  • 3/4 ounces lime juice
  • 1/2 ounces orgeat
  • Lime wheel and mint sprig for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients together, except lime wheel and mint. Add in ice and shake well until chilled.
  2. Strain over ice. Mai Tiki serves its Mai Tai in ceramic tiki mugs, but may be served in a wide-mouth, double rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with lime wheel and mint sprig.

Mai Tiki is located inside of Tigerlily at 231 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. Call 248-733-4905 or visit for more information. For even more cocktail recipes including Compari’s on the Park’s Spiced Old Fashioned and Ima Izakaya’s Pennyroyal Cocktail, visit