The Ultimate Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe - Enchanted Drinks

The Ultimate Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

, by Larisa Atkin, 2 min reading time

If you're craving a taste of the tropics in a glass, look no further than the iconic Mai Tai cocktail. Whether you're hosting a party or simply unwinding after a long day, the Mai Tai is sure to delight and whisk you away to sun-soaked shores and sunsets. 


Step 1: Gather Your Supplies


Before you start mixing, ensure you have all the necessary tools at your disposal. You'll need a cocktail shaker, a strainer, and an appropriate glass for serving. Don't forget to prepare crushed ice or ice cubes to chill the cocktail.


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Step 2: Acquire Quality Ingredients


The key to an outstanding Mai Tai lies in using high-quality ingredients. 

For this classic recipe, you'll need:


1 oz Light Rum

1 oz Dark Rum

0.5 oz Triple Sec

0.75 oz Lime Juice (freshly squeezed)

0.5 oz Orgeat Syrup (almond syrup)

A dash of Grenadine (optional)

Enchanted Drinks Gold Shimmer Powder

Garnish Ideas: Fresh Mint / Lime Wedge / Cherries / Pineapple Leaf


Step 3: Combine and Shake


In your cocktail shaker, combine; 


1 oz of light rum and 1 oz of dark rum. Add 0.5 oz of triple sec, 0.75 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice, and 0.5 oz of orgeat syrup. Optionally, add a dash of grenadine for a splash of color. Sprinkle a dash of Enchanted Drinks gold shimmery powder to add some shimmery goodness!

Securely fasten the shaker's lid and shake vigorously to blend the flavors and chill the mixture.


Step 4: Prepare the Glass


Take a tall glass and fill it with crushed ice. This will keep your Mai Tai refreshingly cold.


Step 5: Strain and Pour


Place a strainer over the shaker's opening and strain the contents into the prepared glass. The strainer will catch any ice or fruit pulp, ensuring a smooth and visually appealing cocktail.

Step 6: Float the Dark Rum


To add depth to your Mai Tai's appearance and flavor, gently pour a splash (about 0.25 oz) of dark rum over the top of the drink. The dark rum will create a beautiful float, giving the cocktail an impressive layered effect.


Step 7: Garnish


Enhance the presentation of your Mai Tai by adding a sprig of fresh mint and a lime wedge on the rim of the glass. These simple garnishes contribute to the tropical ambiance and hint at the refreshing taste within.


Step 8: Sip and Savor


With all the steps completed, your Mai Tai is now ready to be enjoyed!


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