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Tahitian Mai Tai Cocktail

Updated: May 25, 2020


“Mai Tai!” in Tahitian means “the best—out of this world” and was created to showcase various flavors of quality rum. A proper Mai Tai features a deep amber hue towards the top of the cocktail and allows the mixture of the two rums to blend with the other ingredients. There are many different types of Mai Tai recipes, but the original Tahitian version simply combines light and dark rum with local fruit juices; adding a splash of sweetness with grenadine.

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  • 2 oz. Dark Spiced Rum

  • 1 oz. Coconut Rum (recommend Captain Morgan’s Coconut Rum)

  • 1 TBSN grenadine syrup

  • 3 oz pineapple juice

  • 2 oz orange juice

  • 1 cup ice cubes

  • Pineapple wedge, cherries, and/or mint leaves, for garnish


Tall glass, cocktail shaker, sharp knife, measuring shot glass, mixing spoon.

Prep: 5 min Ready: 5 min Serves: 1 cocktail

Before you handle any food, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Clean your kitchen work area and pull back your hair or wear a cap. You want to avoid contaminating your meal with harmful bacteria that could cause food illness.



To make a Tahitian Mai Tai:

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, coconut rum, grenadine, pineapple juice and orange juice. Shake vigorously.

2. Pour mixture into tall glass.

3. Gently add dark spiced rum to float on the top of the cocktail. Do not stir.

4. Garnish with pineapple wedge, cherries, and/or mint leaves and enjoy.


1 serving: 160 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0.3 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate (10 g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

Need DINNER MUSIC?

Check out our Playlists on YouTube for perfectly themed music to set the ambiance! For this recipe, we recommend:

Playlist: Island Life



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