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Mai Tai Drink

Mai Tai Drink – get all the taste of the tropics with this fruity and refreshing cocktail!  

This post is sponsored by Princess Cruises. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

When I think of sitting on the beach or by the pool on a tropical vacation there are a few drinks I think of.  Frozen Strawberry Margaritas are one of them and a Mai Tai drink is another.  There is just something about a fruity cocktail that screams vacation, warm weather, and the tropics. 

Recently when I was on a Caribbean Cruise I actually had my first Mai Tai ever!  We actually had a Mai Tai sorbet as a pallet cleanser during the chefs dinner one night.  It was cool, fruity, and so tasty I new I had to try the real cocktail!  

Mai Tai with umbrella straw


The Caribbean Princess ship that we were on is a Medallion Class ship. That means not only do you have the absolute best and fast internet at sea, you also have all sorts of great apps that you can use to play games, find your way around the ship, and even order food and drinks to be delivered to you!  So I used the app to order Mai Tai drinks to our room while we were getting ready for dinner one night.  

What is in a Mai Tai

  • Pineapple juice
  • Orange juice
  • Triple sec or other orange liqueur
  • White rum
  • Dark rum
  • Simple Syrup 
  • Grenadine or maraschino cherry juice

The list might seem a little long for a cocktail, but trust me it is worth it!  The two kinds of rum give it great flavor and keep it from not being too see.  The pineapple and orange juice make it tropical and refreshing.  And it is just the perfect drink to take you back to your vacation. 

Mai tai with 2 drinks

How to Make a Mai Tai

You want your drink to be nice and cold, so this is where a martini shaker comes in really handy. 

  1. Fill a shaker with lots of ice. Pour in all of the ingredients.
  2. Make sure the lid is on securely and shake! You want to shake for about 30 seconds. If you have a metal shaker, you want the outside to get cold and frosting.
  3. Pour over a glass filled with ice and then add a splash of grenadine. The grenadine will sink to the bottom and give it that pretty pink color.
  4. Garnish with orange slices, a cherry or even a pineapple wedge if you have one.

I am so excited I don’t have to wait until I cruise the Caribbean again to enjoy this drink.  This Mai Tai drink will be on repeat all summer long!  

Mai Tai drink from above

Feel like you are on vacation in your own living room with this refreshing and easy mai tai drink recipe. If you don’t have a martini shaker, just mix everything together in a glass. As long as it is cold and mixed together, that is all that you need!

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Mai Tai Drink - get all the taste of the tropics with this fruity and refreshing cocktail!  
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Mai Tai Drink

Mai Tai Drink - get all the taste of the tropics with this fruity and refreshing cocktail!  

Mai Tai Drink - get all the taste of the tropics with this fruity and refreshing cocktail!  

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 oz dark rum
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Splash Grenadine (can use maraschino cherry juice)


  1. Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add pineapple juice, orange juice, dark rum, white rum, triple sec and simple syrupr.
  2. Shake well until very cold
  3. Pour over ice. Add a splash of grenadine at the end.
  4. Garnish with orange slices, cherries or a pineapple wedge.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 330Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 0gSugar 30gProtein 1g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Bruce Hill

Monday 16th of August 2021

Ever notice that when you order a Mai Tai in a different place, it's not the same drink you had at the last place. That's because a lot of bartenders will mix some rum with a little sugar, add some fruit juice and ...... presto, they call it a Mai Tai. Like most so-called Mai Tai's, the only thing this recipe has in common with a Mai Tai is rum. And it doesn't even have the correct rum for the cocktail. Martin and Rebecca Cate have written a book about exotic cocktails and Tiki "culture". It's called "Smuggler's Cove" and it contains, without a doubt, the definitive Mai Tai recipe. There are specific ingredients that most people will not have in their home bar. However, I strongly suggest you make the investment; not only in the ingredients, but in the book as well. When you finally experience a properly crafted Mai Tai, you will not only agree with me, you will tell all your friends to do the same. Trust me on this one. You won't be sorry. PS - Erin, I hope I didn't offend you. This is a very nice recipe for a rum punch. Thank you.


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

100% correct, this recipe is for rum punch. A Mai Tai is simply a sour cocktail using lime, rum as the spirit and orgeat (almond syrup) as the sweetener. Think Margarita made with rum

Jacque Hastert

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

This cocktail is perfect for afternoons on the patio! I love this fruity and refreshing cocktail like this one.


Wednesday 13th of May 2020

I immagine myself with drink near the pool! The best!


Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Best Mai Tai I've ever had, totally making this one again!

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