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A double old fashioned glass filled with the mai tai with a cherry and orange slice on a pick

Mai Tai Cocktail

A potent but delicious fruity cocktail that can be enjoyeds any time of the year! It's refreshing and great to serve at parties.
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Cocktails
Keyword fruit cocktail, mai tai, mai tai cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 348kcal


  • 4 ounce dark rum
  • 2 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • .50 ounce Grenadine syrup



  • Fill a shaker halfway with ice
  • Add all the ingredients above, one after the other
  • Cover shaker and shake for 15 seconds
  • Add fresh ice to the glasses and divide the contents of shaker between them. Add garnish
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy


You can adjust recipe to serve as many people you want.  To make a pitcher:  Serves many!
  • 3 cups gold rum
  • 1.5 cup Cointreau
  • 1 cup Amaretto
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 8 - 10 limes juiced
  • ½ gallon orange juice
Helpful tips
  • Be aware this cocktail is mostly booze so it is "potent," as my grandmother liked to say.
  • I prefer a premium orange liqueur like Cointreau but you can also use triple sec.
  • When I make these for my family, I make them in bulk as there are usually between 14 - 20 people to imbibe this tasty cocktail. In that case, I'll use triple sec to economize.
  • This recipe is for two mai tais, but in the notes section, I tell you how to modify the recipe to make a pitcher.
  • Make your own simple syrup as it is so easy - Boil equal amounts of water and sugar - Add one cup of water and one cup of sugar to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the temperature and simmer for five minutes. Let it cool before using it in a cocktail.
  • Mai tais are usually served with crushed ice, but I prefer ice cubes. Use what you prefer.
  • For garnish you can either just add a lime wedge, maraschino cherry or if you want to get fancy like me, cut a thin wheel from an orange, fold it in half and spear the orange slice and a cherry on a martini pick.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 113mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 32.6mg | Iron: 0.5mg