Mai Tai Cocktail

A first fancy drink for me was a Mai Tai cocktail. When Bruce and I were first married, we moved to St. Louis. We lived in South St. Louis and were fortunate enough to in an area of a global melting pot. We shopped at local groceries that included Asian, Italian and Hispanic markets. In addition to the markets, there were such good restaurants of so many cultures.

The King and I was a place that Bruce and I would love to go. We sat on cushions on the floor, ordered Thai food, and enjoyed tropical drinks. I would almost always order a Mai Tai. Okay, to be honest, I ordered 2. But that was the limit. The drink was so delicious, and the perfect sweet for the spicy food.

I have made a few adjustments to the traditional Mai Tai by using Amaretto instead of orgeat syrup as well as adding orange and pineapple juice. If you want the real deal, leave out the juice, and use orgeat instead of amaretto.

Mai Tai with orange and pineapple

Mai Tai Cocktail

Our version of a Mai Tai made with Amaretto and orange juice!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, mai tai, rum, tropical drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Fancy cocktail glass


  • 1 ounce Light Rum
  • 1 ounce Dark Rum
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • .5 ounce Amaretto
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • .5 Orange Juiced
  • 1 ounce Pineapple Juice
  • 2 Cherries Can use Northern or bottled
  • 1 pineapple spear for garnish
  • 1 orange slice for garnish
  • Splash of cherry simple syrup for color optional


  • Fill a tall glass with crushed ice, and set in freezer.
  • Squeeze lime and orange juice into a cocktail shaker. Add rum, Amaretto, pineapple juice and Cointreau. Add one large cube of ice, and shake.
  • Strain into the ice filled glass. Top with garnish, and the splash of cherry simple syrup.


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


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Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.


  1. sarah Reply

    This is the perfect summer cocktail. Reminds me a little of my favorite amaretto stone sour, but with a tropical summer twist.

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      Oh yay! Your cocktail sounds amazing! We hope you have a wonderful weekend!


      Dina and Bruce

      • Kevin Tipcorn Reply

        This is not even close to a mai tai. A real mai tai is lime, dry orange Curacao, rum, and orgeat. This recipe doesn’t even have orgeat. What you posted is some kind of Marriott hotel version.

        • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

          Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


          As I noted in this, we chose to use Amaretto. We know many want the original. Very cool. This is our version. Thank you for your comment.


          Dina and Bruce

  2. Reece Reply

    4 stars
    I liked it! I added a touch of agave syrup after tasting. I think my pineapple juice was a bit old… Well it definitely was.. But I realised after I had added most of the other ingredients… very boozy! Would have been 5 stars but I probably made it wrong and the taste was slightly unbalanced perhaps my mistake again as I also just went 30ml lime and 30 orange.

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      So glad you gave this a try and liked it. Could have been a bit limey! Hope you try it again! Thank you for your rating and comments!


      Dina and Bruce

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