Summer is the perfect time to experiment with tropical cocktails, so after last week’s Jamaican Rum Punch I thought I’d give the Mai Tai a go! I wanted a simple and basic Mai Tai Cocktail that I could easily recreate at home – while still getting that delicious mix of almond, lime, and tropical fruit flavors.
Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe
Mai Tais, like most classic cocktails, have an uncertain history with two California restauranteur rivals both claiming they invented the drinks. The cocktail has evolved considerably since its first creation and now there are numerous versions of the Mai Tai Cocktail out there. Some resemble a martini and other contain a considerable amount of grenadine.
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I made my own orgeat syrup by boiling a tablespoon of water and tablespoon of almonds in 1/4 cup of water until they reduced to a thick syrup, but you can get pre-made orgeat syrup (almond simple syrup) at any specialty grocer.
What You Need for a Mai Tai Cocktail
- 2 teaspoons orgeat syrup
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 2 oz orange juice
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 2 oz spiced rum
- Garnish of choice
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You can layer or shake this recipe – there really is no way to go wrong.
For ours, I added the orgeat syrup directly to the glasses before adding the ice. I poured over the rum, lime juice, and then fruit juices before garnishing with a slice of lime and a mint leave.
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