Classic Mai Tai Recipe

Classic Mai Tai Recipe is a fun and delicious cocktail that everyone will enjoy! The sweet flavors of this drink go perfectly with a spicy dinner!

Try serving these Mai Tai cocktails with these Spicy Drunken Shrimp or our favorite Spicy Asian Dan Dan Noodles!

Classic Mai Tai Recipe with umbrella and cherry garnish

I know a lot of guys that are into sake but I have to tell you, I think it tastes like hell. I’ve tried it and tried it again.

Can’t get into it.

So instead I decided to do a Throwback Thursday Mai Tai recipe.

A classic Mai Tai cocktail seems like the perfect drink to go with all the spicy Chinese food and the platters of sushi.

It also reminds me of summer time which I’m really starting to look forward to after the long, snowy winter we’ve had here on the East Coast. Thankfully now we’re into spring which is bringing a little warmer weather but also lots of rain- so not much fun.

Maybe with the Mai Tai I can pretend that I’m sitting on a beach somewhere instead of staring at the rain outside…

There are lots of different variations that I found when looking up recipes for Mai Tai’s, I prefer the kind that isn’t too red from all the grenadine which makes it too sweet. Mai Tai’s should be a pretty strong drink if made the right way…one of those drinks that tastes so good the booze kind of sneaks up on you. That’s the kind I like.

I also used a combination of two different kinds of rum in my Throwback Thursday Mai Tai, a regular Bacardi rum and a Malibu Spiced Rum. I like the way that the spiced rum cuts down on the sweetness of the fruit juice a bit.

Maybe I’ll try some sake again the next time we head out for hibachi, especially if I have to go on someone’s birthday and we get that special “Happy Birthday” song sung to us for a half an hour.

Mai Tai cocktail with fruit garnish



Classic Mai Tai Recipe

  • Author: Dan @ Mantitlement
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: American


This Mai Tai cocktail is a classic, delicious drink that everyone will enjoy! The sweet flavors of this drink go perfectly with a spicy dinner!


  • 2 oz. Malibu Spiced rum
  • 1 1/2 oz. Bacardi light rum
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 t. grenadine


  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake well.
  2. Strain into a glass with ice and garnish as desired.


  • Serving Size: 1

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