'Mai Tea' - Origin Tea Bartender Challenge Honorary Runner-Up Cocktail

From one of our honorary runners-up, Lucas Bucton, has created this Mai Tai variant that takes tea and makes it a unique flavour in the drink.

This is what Lucas from Jimmy's Bar in Ed.Square Town Centre and Glass Half Full Bartending, had to say about his absolute sparkler of a creation:

"The Origin Tea Sneaky Peach Iced Tea Syrup works perfectly with the orgeat and rum to give it a different aspect of sweetness without pushing it over the edge and making it too sweet. Two delicious rums give this drink a perfect boozy level, while an extra measure of strong black tea helps to lengthen the drink and emphasise the tea base. A great drink overall that is able to stand alone from the original Mai Tai all while maintaining its roots from the classic tiki drink."

Mai Tea Recipe


  • 30mL Appleton Estate Signature Rum
  • 30mL Flor de Caña 7 Year Rum
  • 30mL lime juice
  • 7.5mL orgeat syrup
  • 22.5mL Origin Tea Sneaky Peach Iced Tea Syrup
  • 15mL black tea
  • 7.5mL Grand Marnier
  • 2 dashes orange bitters



  • Mint
  • Peach slice fan
  • Flower (optional)



  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with a small scoop of crushed ice
  2. Whip shake until most of the ice inside the tin has melted
  3. Fill a glass about 2/3 full with crushed ice and dump the cocktail in
  4. Top up the rest of the glass with more crushed ice
  5. Throw a few dashes of Angostura bitters over the ice
  6. Garnish with mint and a peach slice fan, flower is optional
  7. Sip and enjoy!


Lovely, well-rounded tea for those who like their tea to have flavour and depth.

They have a variety of great tasting, ethically sourced tea.

Both their tea and their products are high quality and they customer service is excellent.

Sarah. R