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Christmas Mai Tai Cocktail

This will probably be my last Christmas Beach Cocktail recipe I share this year. But, this Christmas Mai Tai Cocktail needed to be shared with all my beach loving friends.

Christmas Mai Tail Beach cocktail recipe

Mai Tai cocktails are my pick at the beach when I want something not quite as sweet as other cocktails. Where the Bushwacker is like a dessert, a Mai Tai is citrusy and tart.

Crisp and refreshing, this beach cocktail is even more delicious when changed up a bit for the holidays. A traditional Mai Tai uses Orgeat syrup which is an almond syrup used to sweeten.

When I make a Mai Tai at home, I do not use the Orgeat syrup. I use orange juice which is simply easier as it is something that is generally in the house.

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One more simple change and you’ll have yourself a Christmas Mai Tail cocktail. This delicious holiday drink will transport you and your friends to the beach no matter what the weather is like outside.

Ingredients in a Christmas Mai Tai Cocktail

Ready to make a Christmas Mai Tai? It is easier than you might think. These are the ingredients:

  • Rum but for the holidays, I choose a dark rum. I have also made it with spiced rum for a nice twist. 1 shot glass or 1.5 ounces
  • Amaretto. 1 shot or 1.5 ounces
  • Pineapple Juice 3 ounces
  • Orange Juice 3 ounces

Mix all ingredients together in a shaker cup filled with ice. Shake it like a Polaroid picture as the song goes and pour over ice into a tumbler.

Christmas Mai Tai cocktail ingredients

For garnish, I like to stay festive, and maraschino cherries always feel festive to me. I put it on a cute holiday stirrer stick with an orange slice and a nice green leaf like mint sprig or rosemary leaf.

That’s it. Easy as 1, 2, 3 and SO delicious Wondering what goes in a traditional Mai Tai? Below is an easy recipe you can recreate at home.

Ingredients in a traditional Mai Tai Cocktail

  • Orange Liquor such as Grand Marnier
  • Orgeat syrup which you can find at any liquor store. It will look like the syrup bottles that coffee shops use to create the flavored coffee drinks.
  • 1/2 shot aged rum (Barcardi does make an aged rum: Bacardí Gran Reserva Diez Rum)
  • 1 shot rum of your choice
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice

Again, put all the ingredients into a shaker cup, shake and pour over ice into a tumbler. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

Saluti! Enjoy!

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