This beautiful mai tai mocktail may be the fruitiest, most tropical drink you enjoy all summer.
We need to warn you that our Mai Tai mocktail is so beautiful that you might not want to drink it. But you must! You have to try this delicious, tropical non alcoholic drink that is sure to relax and refresh you. Luckily, it is super easy to make and you can even prep the drink in advance.
Imagine coming home after a long day of work to have this perfect drink ready to enjoy. Sounds like a dream. Let’s make that dream a reality!
What is a Mai Tai?
A Mai Tai is a classic tropical drink that is usually made with rum, orange liquor, almond syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice and grenadine. The name “Mai Tai” stems from the Tahitian word maita’i which means “excellence”. It is the perfect name because this drink is incredible!
Mai Tais are typically served in tropical locations. The bright, fruity flavors are perfect to enjoy on the beach. Of course, we don’t want any rum or alcohol in our glasses. We created a virgin mai tai recipe that you are going to adore.
Non Alcoholic Mai Tai Ingredients
If we skipped the rum and liquor in the mai tai, what did we use instead? We blended together an amazing mix of drinks that will create a sunset in your glass. Here are the mai tai ingredients we use to make a tasty mocktail:
- Orange juice- Use fresh squeezed orange juice if possible. Pulp free works the best.
- Pineapple juice- Canned pineapple juice works perfectly
- Lemon juice- Fresh squeezed lemon juice is best for a vibrant flavor
- Lime juice- Squeeze some fresh limes too!
- Grenadine- Grenadine is a bright red, cherry syrup that sweetens the drink and also adds flavor.
- Lime seltzer- A little bit of fizz is great in a virgin mai tai punch.
Doesn’t this all sound delicious? Well, it is! You should start shopping for these ingredients right now!
How to Make a Mai Tai
Our mai tai mocktail recipe is actually made in two steps. The first step involves mixing all the juices together. You can keep the juice mix in a pitcher in the fridge so it is ready to use anytime you crave a fresh mai tai.
The second step of our mai tai recipe is to fill a glass with ice, fill the glass half way with the juice mix then top the drink with a little grenadine and some seltzer. Add a pretty garnish like an orange slice, cherry and a fresh pineapple wedge. The drink is so pretty that you are going to need to take a sip right away!
Since the drink is made in two steps, you can mix enough of the juice to make 8 drinks and keep it on hand. Make one drink at a time, adding the remaining ingredients whenever you are craving a mai tai. You can also simply mix everything together in a big punch bowl and serve it right away. So many options for this delicious mocktail recipe!
You Asked We’re Answering
We get a lot of questions about our mocktail recipes so we like to answer as many as possible right here. Hopefully we answer any questions you may have!
What does a mai tai taste like?
A classic mai tai is refreshing, fruity and sweet. It has a brilliant citrus taste with a touch of cherry.
What is orgeat syrup substitute?
A classic mai tai cocktail is made with orgeat syrup which is an almond flavored bitters. You can replace orgeat with almond coffee syrup or a splash of almond extract.
Is Mai Tai from Thailand?
Mai Tai is often thought to be from Thailand because the two names sound the same. However, mai tai was actually invented by a man named Victor J. Bergeron in New York.
What color is Mai Tai?
Mai tai is mostly orange. The red grenadine added to the top of the drink creates a sunset look.