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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.
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.
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.
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Denise Sanger lives a life split between her love for fitness and her passion for travel particularly to the BEACH. Denise also has a love of marketing and lives in beautiful Suwannee County, Florida. You can find out more about Denise here: About Denise