Mai Tai is a delicious, refreshing Tiki cocktail based on rum, Curacao liqueur, orgeat syrup and lime juice. It’s finished off with a splash of grenadine, and served with a mint sprig, maraschino cherry and lime. This is going to be your new favorite fruity cocktail recipe when entertaining or relaxing.
If you are entertaining make sure to check out our other cocktail recipes that are perfect for your guests like our Paloma, Mojito or Aperol Spritz! They are all favorites and easy to make while entertaining.
Remember the grenadine from the Shirley Temple Drink I shared a while back? Well, here’s another drink you can use grenadine in except this time it’s an adults-only Mai Tai cocktail!
A Mai Tai is a cold, fruity cocktail that is perfect for the summer. You shake up all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and then pour the drink over ice. When I’m in the mood for something fruity, this cocktail is always a top choice!
Whenever I think about a Mai Tai, I can’t help but think of the beach, tiki huts and warm summer nights. It’s a super beachy cocktail that has a gorgeous color that reminds me of the sunset. Plus, it’s so fruity and refreshing you can’t help but think you’re on vacation even if you’re just sipping on one at home.
Seriously, this is an amazing summer cocktail!
Mai Tai Cocktail
Is there anything better during the summer than sipping on cold and fruity cocktails? I think Mai Tai drinks are one of those cocktail recipes people only have if they go on a cruise or beach vacation, but I am here to tell you that you can make them at home!
Have you ever been on a cruise? Holy cow, the drinks are expensive! Sure, it’d be great to go on some tropical cruise, but I’m happy to save a little money and sip on a Mai Tai at home – I am all about the staycation!
What’s in a Mai Tai?
You are going to want to go straight to the liquor store and grab the ingredients for this fruity cocktail as soon as possible!
- White rum
- Dark rum
- Dry orange Curaçao
- Orgeat syrup
- Mint sprig
- Maraschino cherry
White Rum & Aged Dark Rum
This cocktail starts with two kinds of rum: white rum which is lighter and subtly sweet and aged rum which has a deeper almost caramelized flavor.
Curacao liqueur is an orange-flavored liqueur that’s used in a lot of tropical-inspired cocktails. Even though it’s orange-flavored the color of the liqueur is blue!
Orgeat is just a syrup made from sugar and almonds, so it has a nutty flavor. It’s also used in a lot of tropical drinks. If you can’t find it you can substitute Amaretto liqueur (the kind used to make an Amaretto Sour!), but this will give your Mai Tai an extra boozy punch so beware!
You will also need lime juice and grenadine to finish off the drink. And don’t skip the garnishes! I like to garnish Mai Tai cocktails with some fresh mint, maraschino cherries, and lime slices.
Once you have the ingredients on hand you can make these pretty cocktails all summer long. Here’s what you need to make one drink:
How to make a Mai Tai cocktail!
A Mai Tai is the perfect excuse to break out the cocktail shaker!
- Mix it up – Just add everything but the grenadine.
- Shake it up – Shake it all and pour it into a glass with ice.
- Garnish it – Top the drink with grenadine and garnish it with maraschino cherries, lime slices, and fresh mint!
A Mai Tai is a classic cocktail – it’s been popular for decades – and I know you’re going to love it! It’s great if you just want to mix up one or two drinks or you can make a big batch for entertaining! Backyard tiki party, anyone?
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Mai Tai Recipe
- 1 oz white rum
- 1 oz aged dark rum
- 1½ tablespoons fresh lime juice from 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon dry orange Curaçao (½ oz)
- 1 tablespoon orgeat syrup
- 1 teaspoon grenadine
- Mint sprig maraschino cherry, lime for serving
- Combine pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, Curaçao, orgeat, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice.
- Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
- Garnish with mint, cherry, and lime.