Cocktail Recipe: Mai Tai-IPA

You folks know that I love Tiki drinks, and that the regular Mai Tai is one of my favorites. Here’s an interesting twist on the classic that includes Indian Pale Ale. Sounds strange, I know. But including beer in cocktails is a popular trend right now.

Bartender-turned-author Jacob Grier literally wrote the book on beer cocktails. It’s called Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer and it’s a fascinating book with a lot of good recipes.

Take a look at what he’s done here with Trader Vic’s creation.

Mai Tai-IPA

Mai Tai-IPA


  • 1 1/2 oz. IPA Beer
  • 1 oz. Aged Rum (such as El Dorado 8)
  • 1 oz. White Rum (such as El Dorado 3)
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Orgeat Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Orange Curacao
  • Maraschino Cherry, for garnish


  1. Shake everything with ice (including the beer), then strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a cherry.


Recipe from Jacob Grier's "Cocktails on Tap."

Co-created by Ezra Johnson-Greenough.

Photo credit: David L. Reamer