Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

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5 mins
Vadim Rachok
30.11.2023
21.01.2024
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The Mai Tai cocktail, with its balanced blend of fruit and citrus notes, became one of the most famous tiki drinks in the world. The Mai Tai typically features a blend of rum: aged rum, and dark rum; combined with orange and pineapple juice, and grenadine syrup. The whole recipe you can find below.

The Mai Tai, a true tropical delight, brings a symphony of flavors to your glass. Crafted with the expertise of Trader Vic, this iconic cocktail has stood the test of time, becoming a cherished favorite among cocktail enthusiasts worldwide. The combination of aged rum, dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and a touch of grenadine creates a harmonious blend that transports you to a sun-soaked paradise with every sip. It's a testament to the artistry of mixology, where balance and simplicity reign supreme. Whether you're lounging by the pool or hosting a tiki-themed soirée, the Mai Tai is your ticket to an instant vacation.

Originating in the 1940s, the creation of the Mai Tai is often attributed to Victor J. “Trader Vic” Bergeron, a renowned figure in the tiki bar and cocktail scene. Over time, the Mai Tai’s popularity soared, becoming an iconic fixture in tiki culture and tropical cocktail menus around the world.

Crafting a Mai Tai cocktail is a straightforward and enjoyable process. This simple process allows anyone to create a delicious Mai Tai at home or behind the bar, offering a taste of the tropics with minimal effort. You can also change the ingredients or experiment with different types of rum to personalize the drink to suit your preferences.

Make a Mai Tai cocktail and enjoy the essence of a tropical paradise right now!

Recipe of the Mai Tai Cocktail

What is a Mie Tie?

The Mai Tai cocktail is a classic tropical drink. The Mai Tai recipe includes:

  • pineapple juice;
  • orange juice;
  • jigger spiced rum;
  • jigger coconut-flavored rum;
  • grenadine syrup.

The cocktail can be served with everything you like. These can be pineapple, chary, or lime. Well, unleash your creativity and make your own the best Mai Tai!

Two types of rum make the best flavor

Many Mai Tai recipes incorporate two varieties of rum within the cocktail. However, we recommend you delicately float dark rum atop your drink! This addition not only enhances the visual appeal but has also evolved into a cherished tradition for enthusiasts seeking a unique touch in their Mai Tai. Let’s delve further into the two distinct types of rum required for this exceptional cocktail.

  • Aged rum contributes depth and character to the drink. It is also known as also referred to as golden rum, amber rum, or añejo rum. Typically, aged rum brings rich notes of vanilla, coconut, almond, citrus, or caramel, adding a refined and mellow profile that beautifully complements the fruity and citrusy elements of the Mai Tai cocktail. 
  • Dark rum introduces a rich taste of caramel, and sometimes slightly smoky or spiced notes to the Mai Tai. It is also referred to as black rum. Dark rum adds a distinctive richness and complexity that enhances the overall drinking experience.

When to serve a Mai Tai

The Mai Tai cocktail is a sophisticated and light drink that’s suitable for various occasions and settings. It’s often served as a delightful choice for: 

  • Summer Parties;
  • Tiki-Themed Events;
  • Cocktail Hours;
  • Beach or Vacation Settings;
  • Dinner Parties.

I understand that I may sound like a killjoy, but I cannot consider this cocktail (or any other alcoholic beverage) acceptable for those who follow a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, more and more authoritative studies confirm every year that the only absolutely safe dose of alcohol is zero grams. At the same time, the relatively permissible norms are considered up to 40 grams of strong alcohol and up to 150 grams of low-alcohol beverages (such as wine or beer) per day.

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Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Category:Drinks, Cocktails
Mai Tai Recipe - yummy tropical drink with fruity notes.  
Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
Servings:
1
The ingredients you need:
1 cup ice cubes
3 fluid ounces pineapple juice
2 fluid ounces orange juice
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger spiced rum
½ (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger coconut-flavored rum
1 teaspoon grenadine syrup
Let’s start !
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1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

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2. Add pineapple juice, orange juice, spiced rum, coconut rum, and grenadine. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass full of ice.

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3. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig and enjoy.

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To elevate your Mai Tai experience, consider using fresh fruit juices for an extra burst of vibrancy and flavor. Squeeze your pineapple and orange juices right before mixing to capture the essence of ripe, succulent fruits. When it comes to rum, don't shy away from experimenting with different brands and expressions. Each rum brings its unique character, and finding the perfect combination is part of the fun. To enhance the visual appeal and add a layer of complexity, gently float the dark rum on top of the cocktail by pouring it over the back of a spoon. This not only creates a stunning layered effect but also introduces a nuanced richness to each sip. Finally, don't forget the garnish—whether it's a pineapple wedge, cherry, or lime wheel, it adds a touch of tropical flair to your Mai Tai presentation. Cheers to your tropical mixology adventure!

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