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Misty’s Maui Mai Tais

Misty’s Maui Mai Tais

When we lived in Maui, Dave worked four 10 hr days, Monday to Thursday. Every Thursday a group of Dave’s co-workers would meet at Margarita’s Restaurant and Lounge for drinks.

We didn’t go often as we were one of the married couples with children but when we did go, our favorite bartender Misty would make us the best Mai Tais!

Unfortunately, Margarita’s closed down several years ago and we can only hope that Misty moved on to bigger and better things.

When we recently returned to Maui on vacation we tried different Mai Tais when we went out to eat but none were as good as the one that Misty served us all those years ago. So I set out to recreate the recipe as best I could from memories of watching Misty mix them.

So Misty if you’re out there and happen to read this, we’ve named this version for you… in fond memory of good times!


Misty’s Maui Mai Tais

Mistys Maui Mai Tais - 1 Ingredients for Mistys Maui Mai Tais

To make one Mai Tai:

2 tbsp amber rum

1 tbsp triple sec

1 tsp orgeat syrup

1/4 tsp grenadine

1/2 tsp organic cane sugar

1/4 c of orange juice

1 tbsp dark rum


Mix first six ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well.

Or if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, a mason jar works perfectly!

Mistys Maui Mai Tais - 2 Add all ingredients to a mason jarTo make 3/4 of a mason jar full of Mai Tai mix, you’ll need to multiple the above recipe by 6.

I’ve done the math for you!

3/4 c amber rum

3/8 c triple sec (1/4 c plus 2 tablespoons)

2 tbsp orgeat syrup

1 tbsp plus 1/2 tsp grenadine

1 tbsp organic cane sugar

1 1/2 c of orange juice


Pour the Mai Tai mixture into a glass pitcher, add ice cubes to your glasses and garnish with half a slice of orange.

Mistys Maui Mai Tais - 3 Mai Tai mix in a pitcher with glasses filled with ice and garnished

The pitcher of Mai Tai mix in the photograph above used 2 of the mason jar mixes (or 12 times the recipe for a single 8 oz glass.)

Don’t forget to add a maraschino cherry to each glass!

Mistys Maui Mai Tais - 4 Pitcher of Mai Tai mix, bottle of dark rum and glasses ready to be filled

As presentation is part of the fun of drinking a cocktail like this… carry your drink tray out on to the lanai or wherever your guests have gathered.

Pour the Mai Tai mix over the ice filled glasses.

Mistys Maui Mai Tais - 5 Pour Mai Tai mix over the ice

Top with 1 tbsp of dark rum.

Mistys Maui Mai Tais - 6 Pour one tablespoon of dark run over of the Mai Tai mix

Serve and enjoy a taste of the tropics!

Mistys Maui Mai Tais - 7 Serve Mai Tais to your guests

Your guests can decide if they would like to drink the Mai Tai as served or stir in that top layer of dark rum.


A word of caution though… these are potent drinks! Please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive… NOT even one!



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Misty's Maui Mai Tais



  • Rachel
    December 30, 2017 6:35 am

    Goodness, yes, I’m sure they would be potent. Especially as one doesn’t tend to have much in the way of food with cocktails…. But delicious!

  • mary
    December 30, 2017 9:36 am

    Those sound perfect for the start of a new year. All I need now is the sandy beach and a few Kona winds blowing my way. However, our mid 80 temps here do help!

  • QuiltShopGal
    December 30, 2017 12:19 pm

    They look yummy. I’m alergic to pineapple, but looking forward to making your version of Mai Tais with orange juice.


  • Mary Anne
    January 15, 2018 5:28 pm

    Definitely a taste of warmth! Sure would be welcome here at -17C temps and a wind chill of who-knows-what-cold.

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