Recently, Miss G and I had a Lilo & Stitch Movie Night, so I naturally needed to experiment with another tropical cocktail in honour of the movie’s Hawaiian setting. This was my first time making or tasting a Mai Tai and it is now one of my favourite cocktails!
If you’ve never had a Mai Tai, it is a rum cocktail with a delicious blend of almond, lime, and tropical fruit flavors. I would most liken Mai Tais to another classic tropical cocktail, the Jamaican Rum Cocktail, without the crazy amount of grenadine found in the Jamaican classic.
The almond flavour in a Mai Tai comes from a unique ingredient, orgeat (pronounced “orza”), an almond simple syrup, which can be purchased in grocery or specialty stores, but I found it easier to just whip up my own. Below I give a recipe to make quite a few Mai Tai’s, but if you just want enough to make two cocktails,boil a tablespoon of water and tablespoon of almonds in 1/4 cup of water until they reduced to a thick syrup.
How to Make a Mai Tai Cocktail
- 2 teaspoons orgeat syrup (storebought or recipe below)
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 2 oz orange juice
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 2 oz spiced rum (I just used dark rum)
- Garnish of choice
You can layer or shake this recipe – there really is no way to go wrong.
For ours, I added the orgeat syrup directly to the glasses before adding the ice. I poured over the rum, lime juice, and then fruit juices before garnishing with a slice of lime and a mint leave.
Easy homemade orgeat syrup:
- 1 cup silvered almonds
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon orange flower water, optional
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until mixture has reduced by at least half, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
Remove the almonds either by using a fork to remove them or pouring the mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve.
Cool and store in the fridge for up to a month.
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What’s your favourite cocktail recipe?