How To Make Mango Mai Tai


This is a simple guide to how to make Mango Mai Tai. It includes ingredients and a step by step method of preparation. As a foodie I love cocktails, especially ones that are sweet and fruity. In the Caribbean region, you’ll often find Mango Mai Tai on a cocktail menu, and it’s quite delicious. Learn how to make this cool cocktail in just a few steps.

Mango Mai Tai

Mango Mai Tai

Prep:3 mins

Cook:1 mins

Total:4 mins

Serving:1 serving

Yield:1 cocktail

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)SAVE RECIPE

The mango mai tai recipe adds a tropical fruit twist to a favorite rum cocktail. It takes just minutes to make from scratch and is a brilliant addition to summer parties, whether they’re poolside or in the backyard.

While you can use mango rum or nectar, this recipe adds fresh mango to the classic mai tai. Mango’s sweet-tart flavor is a fantastic addition to the mai tai’s traditional combination of aged rum, orange curaçao, orgeat syrup, and lime juice. To marry the flavors, the recipe includes a splash of pineapple juice as well. Making the drink is as simple as muddling, shaking, and straining, so anyone can mix it up with the help of a few basic bar tools.


  • 1/2 cup cubed fresh mango, from about 1/2 mango
  • 1/4 ounce orgeat syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces aged rum
  • 1/2 ounce orange curaçao liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce pineapple juice
  • Mango slices, for garnish
  • Fresh mint sprig, for optional garnish

Steps to Make It


  1. Gather the ingredients.Ingredients for a Mango Mai Tai
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mango and orgeat syrup until the fruit is broken up and well-juiced.Muddling a Mango Mai Tai
  3. Add the rum, orange curaçao, and lime and pineapple juices. Fill the shaker with ice.Making a Mango Mai Tai
  4. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.Making a Mango Mai Tai
  5. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over crushed ice.Making a Mango Mai Tai
  6. Garnish with mango slices and a sprig of fresh mint (if using). Serve and enjoy.Mango Mai Tai


  • For this mai tai, use your favorite aged rum. The oakiness of barrel aging adds a nice depth of flavor to the fruity drink.
  • Consider fresh-squeezed lime juice essential for any tropical drink, as bottled juices are often sweetened and sometimes unnaturally flavored. One-half of a large lime should yield enough juice for a single drink.
  • Crushed ice is a signature for any mai tai, giving the drink a frostiness that ice cubes simply can’t add. To quickly crush ice cubes, use a manual or electric ice crusher machine. A Lewis bag and mallet work as well but take a little more effort. You’ll need about 1 cup of crushed ice per glass.

Recipe Variations

  • Spiced rum is a good alternative to aged rum, adding a little extra flavor to the mai tai.
  • Instead of fresh mango, use 1 1/2 ounces of either mango rum or mango nectar or a combination of the two.
  • Blueberries are excellent with mango; add a few blueberries to the muddle for a pop of color and sweet berry taste.
  • For a spicier twist, muddle a slice or two of jalapeño pepper with the mango and orgeat.
  • When you want to make a pitcher of mango mai tais, it’s best to use mango juice, nectar, or rum. For six to eight drinks, use 1 1/2 cups each of aged rum and the mango liquid of your choice, 1/2 cup each of curaçao and lime juice, and 1/4 cup each of orgeat syrup and pineapple juice. Mix the ingredients in a small pitcher and keep it chilled. To serve, pour into glasses over crushed ice and garnish.

What Can I Use in Place of Orgeat Syrup?

Orgeat syrup is an almond-flavored syrup with a hint of orange flower water. The nonalcoholic mixer often appears in tropical cocktails and is a great sweetener in many rum drinks. If you don’t have it, almond syrup or amaretto liqueur are good substitutes.

How Strong Is a Mango Mai Tai?

The amount of alcohol in the mango mai tai will depend on the strength of the rum you choose to pour. Using the average 80-proof rum, it mixes up in the 18 percent ABV (36 proof) range. This drink is a bit lighter than the original mai tai but is still a pretty strong cocktail.

Mango Mai Tai


Mango Mai Tai

Recipe Summary


1 serving


Ingredient Checklist

  • 1 ¼ ounces Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Mango Rum
  • 1 ½ ounces margarita mix
  • 1 ½ ounces pineapple juice
  • ¼ ounce orgeat syrup
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • 1 slice pineapple


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Add Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Mango Rum, margarita mix, pineapple juice, orgeat syrup, and grenadine.Shake with ice and pour into glass.Garnish with pineapple slice and cherry.

Mai Tai Cocktail

Learn how to make the best mai tai recipe for a day on the beach.


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary


5 mins


5 mins


Makes 1 cocktail

This pretty Mai Tai cocktail is fruity and refreshing. If you’re wondering how to make the best Mai Tai (or what’s in a Mai Tai), you’ve come to the right place. Each Mai Tai ingredient adds depth and flavor to the tropical cocktail. The tart lime juice balances the sweet pineapple juice, and orgeat syrup (a sweet almond-flavored syrup) offers a base note to anchor the flavors together. Feel free to replace the orgeat with simple syrup and a drop of almond extract, which will mimic the almond undertones. Though we call for dark rum in the recipe, we tested it with white rum, and it was just as delicious. Make this easy Mai Tai recipe while you’re relaxing on the beach—or if you just want to pretend you are.


Ingredient Checklist

  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons white rum
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • 1 tablespoon (½ oz.) dry orange Curaçao
  • 1 tablespoon orgeat syrup or simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tabelspoon (½ oz.) dark rum
  • Mint sprig, maraschino cherry, pineapple slice, for serving


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Combine pineapple juice, rum, lime juice, Curaçao, orgeat, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker.
  • Step 2Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  • Step 3Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with dark rum, and garnish with mint, cherry, and pineapple.

Best Mango Mai Tai Recipes

The Mango Mai Tai is one of the most popular drinks in the world. The drink was likely invented by either Victor “Trader Vic” Bergeron, or by Donn Beach back in the 1930s ; 40s.

The popularity of the drink has fluctuated over the years, but a recent revival of interest in Tiki drinks has brought the drink roaring back. This drink is popular because it gives a bartender a chance to showcase the different flavors of rum.

Mai Tais are made by blending rums to find the best combination of taste, detail, and complexity. There’s no one right way to make a Mai Tai, but there are a few things you should consider to get the perfect blend of rum. You should consider raw materials, age, ABV (Alcoholic Beverage Volume), and production methods.

What’s a Mai Tai?

A Mai Tai is a classic tropical drink made of rum, liqueur, orgeat syrup, and lime juice, and other additions. There’s some controversy about where the drink comes from. Victor Bergeron, owner of Trader Vic’s, claims to have invented the drink in the 1940s. However, his rival Donn Beach also claims to have invented the drink at his bar back in the 1930s.

Regardless of whoever invented the Mai Tai, the drink remains one of the most popular alcoholic beverages available. Read on to learn how to make this yourself for your next pool party. 

Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Mango Rum Recipe

Best Mango Mai Tai Recipes

You need 1.25 ounces of Captain Morgan and you also need an ounce and a half of pineapple juice, and the same amount of margarita mix. You also need pineapple slices, and a quarter ounce of both grenadine and orgeat syrup. You also need a cocktail shaker to shake your drink up.

To make this drink, you need to put your Captain Morgan, margarita mix, pineapple juice, orgeat syrup, and grenadine into your cocktail shaker. Then you add ice and start shaking. Once you’ve shaken the drink up well, it’s time to pour the drink out into your glass. Garnish your beverage with cherry and a pineapple slice.

Enjoy! Your Mango Mai Tai is ready to serve!

Fresh Mango Mai Tai Recipe

With this recipe, you need a few more ingredients than the last one.

This recipe from stands out from others on this list, because it calls for actual fresh mango, rather than just mango flavored rum. You also need freshly squeezed lime juice. This adds a tropical fruit flavored twist to your favorite cocktail. This is the perfect drink for a pool party or summer trip to the beach.

To make this mango flavored version of the classic Mai Tai, you need half a cup of fresh, cubed mango. You also need a quarter ounce of orgeat syrup, half an ounce of orange curacao liqueor, a quarter ounce of pineapple juice, and mango slices for garnish.

You also need some fresh mint sprig, and half an ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice. Last but obviously not least, you need an ounce and a half of aged rum.

First, gather your ingredients and start putting things in the shaker. Start with the cubed mango and orgeat syrup. Muddle them until the fruit is broken up and well juiced. Next, you need to add the rum, orange curacao, lime, and pineapple juice.

Once you’ve done this, it’s time to fill the shaker with ice. After this, shake the container vigorously for at least thirty seconds, and then strain the mix into an old-fashioned glass over crushed ice. When you’re done, garnish the drink with the mango slices and fresh mint sprig.

Many people feel that this version of the drink works best with a nice, aged rum. People feel that the oakiness of an aged barrel adds more depth to the flavor of their favorite fruity drink.

People also feel that freshly squeezed lime juice is an important ingredient for any tropical drink. Bottled juice is normally sweetened and has unnatural, artificial flavors. This makes it an inferior choice.

Crushed ice is seen as an important part of any Mai Tai cocktail because crushed ice gives the drink a frosty quality that cubed ice never can. The best way to crush ice is with either a manual or electric ice crushing machine.

If you don’t have either of these, you can always put your ice cubes in a bag and then beat them with a hammer. This obviously requires more work though.

Mango Mai Tai with 2 Different Rums

With this variation of the classic Mai Tai recipe, you need two different rums. For this one you need an ounce of spiced rum and an ounce of mango rum. Additionally, you also need three ounces of mango nectar, grenadine, strawberry slices, and mango slices.

This version of the Mango Mai Tai is different not just because of the added strawberry fruit flavor, but because you don’t need a shaker. Instead, you mix the drink right there in the glass.

To start off, you need crushed ice. You can make this with an electric or manual ice crusher. You can also crush your ice by hand. Once you’ve crushed your ice, put both the crushed ice and the strawberry slices in a glass. From here, it’s time to add in the spiced rum, the mango rum, and the mango nectar.

After this, top the drink off with grenadine. Then it’s time to garnish the glass with mango slices. Enjoy! Your drink is ready to serve. Because you are not using a shaker, it’s important to remember to mix everything together very well.

Tropical Mai Tai with Pineapple

This version of the classic mango Mai Tai has an added dash of pineapple to give your tropical treat a tasty island twist. For this recipe you need two types of rum. You need an ounce of spiced rum and an ounce of light or coconut rum. You also need half an ounce of Cointreau or orange curacao.

You also need two ounces of pineapple juice, two ounces of ceres mango puree, and two ounces of orange juice. It’s also important to have lime juice, grenadine, sliced pineapple, and maraschino cherry for garnish.

To start, you bust out your cocktail shaker and start adding ingredients into it. First you need to add the rum, Cointreau, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, and the mango puree. As always, it’s better to use freshly squeezed lime juice than anything that comes in a bottle. Add all of this into your cocktail shaker and start shaking.

After you are done shaking, it’s time to add crushed ice into your glass. This can be done with an ice crusher (manual or electric), or it can also be done by hand. It’s good to use crushed ice instead of ice cubes for the frosty feel it gives.

Strain your drink out of the shaker and into the glass, over the crushed ice. Then it’s time to slowly pour the grenadine over the top of your beverages. This gives the drink a pretty gradient effect. After this, it’s time to garnish your drink, with maraschino cherry and chunks of pineapple.

Pineapple Mai Tai Recipe

This is a fun and simple way to make a mango Mai Tai at home with added pineapple and nutmeg flavor. For this one you need an ounce and a half of your favorite rum, it doesn’t matter what kind.

You also need a bit of nutmeg, an ounce of orgeat, a half ounce of triple sec, a mint sprig, and a slice of pineapple for your garnish. Finally, you also need an ounce and a half of Tropicana Pineapple Mango Splash Drink.

When you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, combine them all into your cocktail shaker. Add ice into the shaker and shake it well. Then, make crushed ice and put it into either a rocks or tiki glass.

When you’ve finished shaking the contents of the cocktail shaker, strain the beverage out of the shaker and into your glass. Stir it a bit and then garnish it by adding in your mint sprig and pineapple slices.

Juicy Mango Mai Tai

This recipe is a little different because it uses either plain or flavored vodkas instead of rum. You can use a cabob stick to stir the drink.

For this recipe you need a half cup of crushed ice cubes, four ounces of chilled pineapple juice, three fluid ounces of chilled mango nectar, and one and a half fluid ounces of coconut milk. You also need one fluid ounce of chilled orange juice.

To make this drink, fill your glass with crushed ice. Then pour mango nectar, pineapple juice, coconut milk, orange juice, and vodka over the crushed ice. After you pour all of your ingredients over the ice, it’s important to stir the drink well.

Mango Mai Tai by Stella Rosa Wines

For this drink, you need crushed ice, one ounce of orgeat syrup, Stella Rose Pineapple, Stella Rose Tropicana Mango, a mint sprig, and pineapple slices for garnish. You also need one and a half ounces of rum.

Combine all of the ingredients except for the Stella Rose Pineapple and Stella Rose Tropical Mango into your cocktail shaker. Add ice into the cocktail shaker and shake well. Then, make crushed ice and fill the tiki glass with it.

After you are done shaking the cocktail shakers, strain the drink into your tiki glass. After this, pour the Stella Rosa Pineapple and the Stella Rosa Tropical Mango over the drink. Then stir with a cabo stick to blend it a little more. Finally, add a slice of pineapple and mint sprig to garnish the beverage.

Then, it’s ready to serve. Enjoy!

Mango Mai Tai Recipe by Craftlog

For this version of the classic Mango Mai Tai, you need one and a half fluid ounces of margarita mix, one and a half fluid ounces of pineapple juice, and one quarter fluid ounce of orgeat syrup, as well as one quarter fluid ounce of grenadine.

You also need pineapple slices, and one and a quarter fluid ounces of Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Mango Rum.

Once you’ve assembled all of your ingredients, you need to make crushed ice. You can do this with a manual or electric ice crusher, or you can also do it by hand with a bag and hammer. Once you have made your crushed ice, fill your tiki glass with the crushed ice.

To make this drink, you need to start by putting all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake the drink up very well. Once you have shaken the drink up, pour it out into your tiki glass over the crushed ice.

This variation on the Mango Mai Tai calls for one and a quarter fluid ounces of Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Mango Rum. You also need one and a half fluid ounces of margarita mix, and one and a half fluid ounces of mango juice.

Additionally, make sure you get a quarter fluid ounces of grenadine and orgeat syrup, as well as pineapple slices for garnish.

To make this drink, combine all of the ingredients you have assembled into your cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Make crushed ice with your ice crusher (manual or electric) or by hand, and use it to fill your tiki glass.

Then pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into the tiki glass, over the crushed ice. Once you do this, it’s time to garnish the drink with your pineapple slices and your cherry.


Mango Mai Tais are some of the most popular drinks in the world. They are popular because they are fun tropical drinks, and they give bartenders the opportunity to showcase the flavors and complexities of different kinds of rum.

There’s no one right way to make a Mai Tai but this collection of recipes should give you a few ideas on where to get started. To get the perfect blend with your rum, you should consider the age of the rum, the raw materials, the production message, and the ABV (Alcoholic Beverage Volume).

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