The Mai Tai is one of many rum-based cocktails, and although a classic, it has many variations on the theme. Based on spiced rum with coconut rum, or a mixture of dark and light rum, with its varied fruity elements, it makes a lovely refreshing drink that you can enjoy all year round.
Here we have 3 of the best recipes with ingredients for amazing Mai Tai Cocktails we think you will enjoy, whether it is for a quiet night in with someone special, a chance to impress your friends with your mixed drinks prowess, or to be ready for a party with something for everyone.
Classic Mai Tai Ingredients
- 45ml Spiced Rum
- 25ml Coconut Flavored Rum
- 1 tsp Grenadine Syrup
- 85ml Pineapple Juice
- 60ml Orange Juice
- Ice Cubes
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the other ingredients. Then shake vigorously.
Polynesian Style Mai Tai Ingredients.
- 1 ½ oz White Rum
- ½ oz fresh Lime Juice
- ½ oz Orange Curacao
- ½ oz Orgeat Syrup
- 3/4/oz Dark Rum
- Lime Peel
- Pineapple Spear
In a cocktail shaker add ice and all the ingredients except the dark rum. Then shake to mix.
Strain into a highball glass and pour the dark rum on top gently so that it floats. Then Garnish with the lime peel and pineapple and serve with a straw.
Add this to your repertoire of mixed drinks to show off your skills as the colors stay separate, and the main drink leaves the dark rum on top.
Now for something easy for a party. You still want to impress your guests, but they don’t want to be waiting around for ages as you mix drinks, so here is a recipe to make for a more significant number of people.
Party Mai Tai Recipe
- 250ml Light Rum
- 125ml Dark Rum
- 125ml of 151 Proof Rum
- 125ml Orange Curacao
- 125ml Almond Flavored Syrup
- 125ml Simple Syrup
- 5 Freshly Squeezed Limes
- 1 litre Fresh Orange Juice
Add all the alcohol, syrup, and the lime juice to a large jug and stir.
Pour into glasses over ice and top with plenty of orange juice, as this is quite a potent mix.
This recipe can be scaled up (or down) to suit the number of guests you have at your party while keeping the drinks flowing so that you can be the best host without spending all your time being a barman.
Take the ingredients for amazing Mai Tai cocktails and transform them with your own unique twists. Also, don’t forget to enjoy your cocktails responsibly. If things get a bit busy and you lose track of how much you have imbibed, then don’t forget about the Fewer Regrets we know you stocked up on.
Remember, that reducing hangover symptoms does not mitigate the effects of the alcohol in your body and your concentration and balance may still be impaired the next day, so be safe and do not drive or operate machinery after a big night out. Have fun!
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