The mint in the photo is just garnish. Bruise the leaves for perfect flavor blending in your cocktail!
Our friends and family love to indulge in tropical drinks when they visit us on Kauai. Mai Tais are a favorite. If you've ever made a Mai Tai, or tried them at various restaurants, you already know that some recipes are much better than others. Here's the recipe voted best by our friends. It a modification of Molly's Maui recipe.
The Perfect Mai Tai
You’ll need a cocktail shaker with a strainer or the equivalent, plus high ball glasses and straws. The following makes 2 Mai Tais so multiply for whatever number you need.
Prepare Ahead: Shave or finely crush enough ice to fill the high ball glasses. Put the ice back in the freezer until you are ready to pour your drinks. That way the ice won’t melt and it will properly chill your Mai Tai.
3 oz. light rum*
3 oz. dark rum*
1 oz. Grand Marnier
2 oz. pineapple juice (fresh is best but canned/frozen is OK)
2 oz. guava juice
2 oz. lime juice (fresh)
1 oz. orgeat syrup (this is an almond syrup with orange or rose)
1 oz. simple syrup
crushed mint leaves to garnish (very important)
pineapple wedges for garnish
lime wedge to garnish
*Use the best quality of these ingredients that you can afford.
- Put all liquid ingredients in your cocktail shaker.
- Fill two high ball glasses with shaved ice.
- Shake cocktail shaker thoroughly, about ten to twelve times.
- Strain into two glasses.
- Crush the mint leaves between your fingers until they are well-bruised and float on the top of the drink.
- Garnish with pineapple and lime wedges.
- Drink through a straw.
If you are having a party, these can be made ahead of time and stored in a pitcher, but make sure you stir well before serving.
Be sure everyone in your party has a designated driver!