Mai Tais

Mai Tai recipe

Since my big announcement about moving back to Hawaii, I’ve been packing like a madwoman. My goal is 2 boxes a day, which might not sound like much, but you guys, I’m tired when I get home from work. All I want to do is have a glass of wine and watch some Gossip Girl on Netflix. Plus, I’m already getting sentimental about leaving. And packing doesn’t help. 

Mai Tai recipe

With Hawaii on the mind, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m already thinking about what I’m going to eat when I arrive. In case I haven’t stressed this enough, there is suuuuch good food in Hawaii. And don’t get me started on the cocktails. Some Hawaii drinks are better left for your next tropical vacation; but not this one. The classic Mai Tai is great because it’s made with ingredients that are easy to find on the mainland. But, it really does taste like a beach party in your mouth.

So, here’s your homework: 1) make yourself a Mai Tai, and then 2) give me some packing pointers. I need some help. Stat.

cocktail garnishes

Mai Tais
Serves 2

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1 oz spiced rum
2 tsp grenadine syrup
1 oz coconut rum
3 oz pineapple juice
2 oz orange juice
optional garnishes: maraschino cherries, orange slices

Start by filling 2 cocktail glasses with ice, and divide grenadine between glasses. Add the coconut rum, pineapple juice and orange juice to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain and pour into the glasses. Top with spiced rum, poured slowly and carefully onto the side of the glass so that it sits on top of the mixture. Garnish and enjoy.

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  1. Confession: I’ve never had Mai Tai before. This obviously needs to change ASAP! (Well this weekend since no drinking during the week for me!)

    Also, I’m terrible at packing. My best advice is get rid of those things you REALLY don’t need.

    • Marisa


      Gurrrl, you have GOT to have a Mai Tai this weekend. It’ll be worth the wait! 🙂 Thanks for the packing advice, too. It’s so hard to get rid of things!


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