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.

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Mai Tai with orange and pineapple

Mai Tai Cocktail


  • 1 ounce Light Rum
  • 1 ounce Dark Rum
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • .5 ounce Amaretto
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 1 ounce Pineapple Juice
  • 2 Northern cherries for garnish
  • 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.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: cocktails

Keywords: mai tai, cocktail, rum, rum drinks, drinks, tropical drinks


A few more cocktails to try:

Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

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

    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


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


      Dina and Bruce

      • Kevin Tipcorn

        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


          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

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