Summer Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

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Transport yourself to a sunny beach with our invigorating Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe. Sip on this tantalizing concoction and let the flavors whisk you away to a tropical oasis.

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Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

When the sun is shining, it is the ideal time for sipping on one or two summer rum cocktails.

Whether that is a summer dinner party with friends, a backyard BBQ with family, or some downtime on the deck with a book and a drink, our Mai Tai cocktail recipe is the perfect companion!

The Mai Tai is a classic Tiki cocktail, said to be invented by Victor J. Bergeron at his restaurant, Trader Vic’s, in Oakland, California, US, in 1944.

That makes it perfect for a Hawaiian Luau Party too!

Ingredients Needed for Mai Tai Cocktails: spiced rum, vanilla rum, triple sec, cranberry juice, orange juice, pineapple juice.

The traditional recipe uses orgeat syrup, which is made from almonds.

However, we’ve put our own spin on the tropical drink, combining spiced rum, vanilla rum, and triple sec.

And the harmonious blend of cranberry juice, orange juice, and pineapple juice adds an extra burst of brightness to the cocktail.

As a result, each sip of this beverage captures the essence of summer.

So gather your pals, shake up some delicious Mai Tais, and let the flavors transport you to a beachside paradise!

Ingredients For Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

For convenience, the required ingredients and equipment for this recipe are linked to online stores like Amazon or Amazon Fresh, if available.

This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker; you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.

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Tropical Rum Mai Tais

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Mai Tai Variations

Here are some variations of the original cocktail recipe that you might like to try out.

Virgin Mai Tai (Non-Alcoholic)

So that non-drinkers can enjoy a Mai Tai, we simply remove the alcohol and replace it!

Following the recipe card, replace the alcohol as listed below:

I recommend adding the syrups to your taste as they may add a sweetness that you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liqueurs.

Mai Tai Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic Spirits)

For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of alcohol in their mocktail, you could try non-alcoholic alternatives.

In the UK, try Lyre’s, which is also available on Amazon in the UK and

Other brands include Strykk (UK) and Ritual (US & Canada). Non-alcoholic spirits are a growing trend, so be on the lookout in your local stores and online.

Follow the recipe card using the non-alcoholic alternatives listed above instead of the alcoholic ones.

Frozen Mai Tai Cocktail

Want to turn this cocktail into a frozen slushie? (You could do the same with the mocktail version too.)Here’s how!

Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of ice – then blend till smooth.

Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!

Big Batch Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

Want to make a big batch of Mai Tai cocktails for a party or gathering? It’s so easy!

As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct, and you can make as much as you need to.

To make a big batch of Mai Tais, mix together:

  • 2 parts Spiced Rum
  • 2 parts Vanilla Rum
  • 1 part Triple Sec
  • 4 parts Cranberry Juice
  • 2 parts Orange Juice
  • 2 parts Pineapple Juice

Serve the large batch cocktail in drinks dispensers or pitchers, or go retro and serve from a punch bowl!

Make sure to add plenty of ice to your serving container of choice to keep the cocktail chilled, and throw in some slices of lime and cocktail cherries too.

You could also skewer the fruit onto cocktail picks for guests to garnish their drinks.

Setting Up Your Cocktail Bar

When setting up your bar or cocktail serving area, you could include the following:

Recipe for Mai Tai Rum Cocktail

This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.

How Do I Make Mai Tais?

You’ll find the printable cocktail recipe below. To save ink, any demonstration photos on the recipe card do not print.

Mai Tai Cocktail

Mai Tai Cocktail

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Escape to an island oasis with this exquisite Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe. The combination of Spiced Rum, Vanilla Rum, and a medley of refreshing juices creates a symphony of flavors that will transport you to paradise!


  • 2 oz Spiced Rum
  • 2 oz Vanilla Rum
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 4 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice

For Garnish

  • Lime Slices
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Maraschino Cherries


  1. Place the Spiced Rum, Vanilla Rum, Triple Sec, cranberry, orange, and pineapple juices into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well for 15-30 seconds to combine.
  3. Pour into ice-filled glasses, and garnish as desired with slices of lime, mint leaves, and/or cherries. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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