How To Make A Mai Tai for Parties

If you are planning a luau, knowing how to make a Mai Tai is a must! I always make sure this tropical cocktail is included in my party drinks, setting the perfect vibe for any gathering. 

The Mai Tai, with its vibrant flavors and refreshing kick, is a crowd-pleaser that never fails to impress! It’s always a hit at parties! 

With that, I created this recipe for you alongside essential tips for crafting your cocktail and creative variations on the classic recipe. Plus, I’ll also share other party drinks you can try! 

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So, whether you’re hosting a big celebration or something intimate and casual, this post will help you prepare the perfect Mai Tai!

Tips for Preparing Your Mai Tai

To make the most of your mai tai, here are some tips I’ve learned over time! 

Fresh ingredients only

Fresh lime juice and high-quality rum make all the difference. If you can, I suggest avoiding bottled lime juice and opting for freshly squeezed for the best flavor.

Check your ice

You might think it’s no big deal but perfectly crushed ice not only chills your drink quickly – it also dilutes it at the perfect rate. This improves the overall taste. So, I recommend using an ice machine that produces great crushed ice! 

Try different rums

You can also try experimenting with rums! Try using a blend of light and dark rums to add a unique taste to your drink. Each rum brings its own unique flavor to the mix.

Put effort into the presentation!

Of course, last but not least, presentation matters! Serve your Mai Tai in a classic tiki glass or a rocks glass to complete the tropical experience.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a truly exceptional drink.

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Now, let’s explore some exciting variations on the classic recipe to add even more flair to your luau party drinks! 

Variations on the Classic Mai Tai

I know that we all love experimenting or trying new things from time to time! So, if you’re in the mood to change some things, here are some variations you can easily make: 

Mai Tai Spritz

Basically a mai tai – but spritzed! Mai tai spritz typically includes a sparkling ingredient like club soda, prosecco, or champagne, which adds bubbles and a light, fizzy texture.

Berry Mai Tai

Muddle fresh berries (such as raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries) into your drink for a tangy variation.

Spiced Rum Mai Tai

This is a common variation! Unlike classic mai tai, this variation usually uses spiced rum, which is infused with spices and sometimes caramel or other flavorings. 

Basically, you can explore a lot of variations, from trying different flavors of rum to trying various fruits! The possibilities are endless. 

Now, for more inspiration, check out these additional drink recipes!

More Drink Recipes You Might Like

As promised, here are more drink recipes that you can include in your party! 

  • Have you ever tried orange mango jello shots? It’s like a fun mix of jiggly gelatin and a splash of liquor, all packed into one little cup!
  • Cool off and kick off the party with a sweet frozen strawberry margarita. This tropical drink bursts with fruity goodness in every sip.
  • This refreshing lemon mojito is perfect for summer parties or whenever you want a taste of summer. It’s simple and stands out from other mojito recipes! 
  • Tasting like summer in a glass, this peach margarita recipe is among the best cocktail options for your upcoming parties.

Explore these delightful drink recipes for your next gathering with refreshing flavors and fun combinations. 

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Now, let’s go into the recipe!

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How To Make A Mai Tai

Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Keyword: How to make a Mai Tai
Servings: 1


  • 1 ½ oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • ½ oz. orange curacao or triple sec
  • ½ oz orgeat
  • ½ oz dark rum
  • Fresh pineapple chunks and lime wheels for garnish
  • Ice


  • Fill your preferred cocktail glass with ice.
  • Pour in light rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, orange curacao or triple sec, and orgeat syrup.
  • Stir gently to blend the ingredients.
  • Slowly pour dark rum over the back of a spoon to float it on top.
  • Garnish with fresh pineapple and lime for a tropical touch.


Orgeat is an almond syrup, Torani makes some, and amaretto is a good substitute.

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