#FridayCocktail – Mai Tai

By / Wine + Drinks / August 29th, 2014 / 2

My youngest son was born on the last day of August, five years ago tomorrow. Fortunately, for friends and family, his birthday celebration, inevitably, is also our end of summer bash. This year he has chosen a pirate theme which, in turn, has inspired me to chose a tiki-themed cocktail for the adult crowd to enjoy. And, what’s more tiki than the Mai Tai?

“Maita’i” is the Tahitian word for “good” but, surprisingly, the cocktail was said to be invented in California. There are countless Mai Tai recipes but the basic formula calls for some combination of rums, a citrus element and pineapple. Oh…and a little paper umbrella! Here is what I’ll be serving this weekend; enjoy.



1 1/2 ounces of dark rum

1/2 ounce of coconut rum

1/2 ounce of orange curaçao

1/4 ounce of simple syrup

1/4 ounce of grenadine

3 ounces of pineapple juice

juice from 1/2 lime

Pineapple wedge, for garnish


Paper umbrella



Add rums, curaçao, simple syrup, pinapple juice and freshly squeezed lime to a cocktail shaker, 1/2  filled with ice.

Shake vigorously.

Fill a highball or hurricane glass with ice.

Add grenadine to the glass.

Pour drink from cocktail shaker into glass – do not stir.

Garnish with pineapple wedge and umbrella.



Shannon is an urban soul living (and loving) a small-town, country life. Short term goals include always keeping her wine glass, and outlook on life, half-full. Long term goal…taking her three boys on a 6 month south Pacific adventure. We’ll keep you updated.

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