Mai Tai Cocktail

A classic Mai Tai Cocktail with 3 different kinds of rum, lime juice, almond and simple syrup. One sip and you’ll feel like you’re oceanside in Hawaii. Well, almost. 

A couple weeks ago, I declared Margarita Monday a thing when I shared my recipe for Watermelon Margaritas. I am declaring today Mai Tai Monday because…why not?

How to make THE BEST Mai Tai Cocktail.

I first had a Mai Tai when Ryan and I went to Hawaii for our 10th wedding anniversary a couple of years ago. We sat down at a happy hour after we checked into our hotel, Mai Tais were on special and that was that.

My first Mai Tai!

I was sold.

From that point on, pretty much each day, we hopped from happy hour to happy hour sipping on mai tais looking at this…

Waikiki Beach

We were without our kiddos, what else were we going to do?!

It’s been a couple of years since that trip to Hawaii but we still celebrate what we affectionately call “Mai Tai:30”. It took a few tries to get the recipe just right, but we finally did and that’s what I’m sharing with you today.

What ingredients do you need to make a Mai Tai Cocktail?

Whatever you do, stay away from the pre-made mix. It’s just way too sweet and not the best. Instead, make your own.

To make the perfect Mai Tai, you will need 3 different kinds of rum (golden, dark and silver), triple sec, simple syrup, lime juice and orgeat syrup.

A classic Mai Tai Cocktail with 3 different kinds of rum, lime juice, almond and simple syrup. One sip and you'll feel like you're oceanside in Hawaii. Well, almost. 

Oregeat Syrup is an almond syrup and honestly, it totally makes the Mai Tai. You can make a Mai Tai cocktail with only one kind of rum and it will taste pretty good. But make a Mai Tai without oregeat syrup and it’s just not a Mai Tai.

How do you make a Mai tai Cocktail?

To make a mai tai cocktail, you’ll want to combine the golden rum, silver rum, triple sec, simple syrup, lime juice and orgeat syrup with some ice in a cocktail shaker.

Once combined, you’ll pour the cocktail over ice. Finally, to get the perfect “layered” cocktail look, you’ll want to do a float of dark rum.

A classic Mai Tai Cocktail with 3 different kinds of rum, lime juice, almond and simple syrup. One sip and you'll feel like you're oceanside in Hawaii. Well, almost. 

To do a float of dark rum, simply hold a spoon above the glass and slowly pour the rum over the spoon. This will “float” the dark rum on top of the rest of the drink and give it the gorgeous layered look that is synonymous with mai tais.

This Mai Tai is sweet but not too sweet. Tangy but not too tangy. And it’s perfect for sipping on hot summer days.

Other cocktails to try:

Tequila Sunrise

Pineapple Upside Down Mimosas

Spicy Bloody Mary 

How to make THE BEST Mai Tai. A classic Mai Tai Cocktail with 3 different kinds of rum, lim juice, almond and simple syrup. One sip and you'll feel like you're oceanside in Hawaii. Well, almost.  #cocktail #maitai

Looking for a snack or appetizer to munch on while enjoying your Mai Tai?

Cabbage Salsa

Spicy Fried Peanuts

Warm Marinated Olives

 

Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

Makes 1 Prep Time:
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Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces lime juice
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce orgeat syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces gold rum
  • 1/2 ounce silver rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum

Instructions

1

Place ice in cocktail shaker. Pour in lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup, orgeat syrup, gold rum and silver rum. Shake until chilled.

2

Pour cocktail into a glass filled with ice. Hold a spoon over the cocktail and slowly pour the dark rum over the back of the spoon. Serve.

Notes

Nutrition facts not guaranteed.

Nutrition information

Calories: 378 , Sodium: 2225mg , Carbohydrates: 24.9g , Fiber: 0.2g , Sugar: 28.8g , Protein: 0.9g

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  • Reply
    Jacque
    May 21, 2019 at 5:47 am

    I would love to be sipping on one of these while enjoying the sunshine. I will be making these when the sun decides to come out!

  • Reply
    Jackie
    May 21, 2019 at 5:42 am

    I am thinking these are going to be poured this weekend. If only I could be enjoying them on a beach.

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