Monday, July 14, 2014

Mac's Mai Tais

Sorry, sorry. I know. That was mean. Here it is, right here. I would have posted it sooner, but I was camping. With a giant jar of Mai Tais in the cooler. Mmmm.

I don't know how to explain what's so good about this cocktail. I'm not even really a cocktail person, being a die-hard IPA-loving beer drinker. But these drinks. . . I don't know.

You will have to buy some weird kinds of booze, if you don't already have it. I felt nervous about posting this, and then remembered that it's because I used to food-blog for Disney.
Nobody hasn't loved them.

They're really subtle, even though they're crazy strong; you can't even figure out what's in them, if you don't know. Everyone guesses pineapple. Or cherry something. I think it's the almond mixed with the citrus. Crazy. Happy summer. xo
I've been juicing something like 6 limes to get a cup of lime juice.

Mac's Mai Tais
This is a copycat recipe that I recreated from the ingredients listed in the Mac's Shack cocktail menu, which says only, "Flor de Cana rum, orange curacao, amaretto & lime." I added simple syrup because the drink seemed both too tart and too strong without it. When I made these for a bunch of people, I used a 1-cup measure as the part, and mixed it all in a 1-quart mason jar. If you're making a single drink, you're probably looking at. . . what? Maybe 2 ounces for a part? Did I just turn your summer cocktail-making into a weird math problem?

1 part golden rum (I used Flor de Cana, because of being obedient)
1 part fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 part amaretto
1/2 part orange curacao
1/2 part (more or less) simple syrup (equal amounts of sugar and water, heated together until the sugar dissolves)

Mix together and serve over ice. Garnish with a fresh cherry, if you like.


  1. Erin K.2:50 PM

    !!!! Yay !!! Thank You. :)

  2. Oh yeah! I bought a big bag of limes last week, but only needed a few. Now I know what I will be doing with the remaining fruits! I just need to pick up some rum...

  3. alison4:01 PM

    Today is my birthday and now i know what i'll be ordering at diner tonight! Thanks for the idea.

  4. This looks delicious! And so pretty with the cherry! Can't wait to try it!

  5. You are a girl after my own heart...this looks fabulous. I've been on a Little Sumpin' Sumpin' kick since your previous recommendation but this drink may be just the trick to carry me through 8 days of vacay with 30+ in-laws. Thanks (as always!) for the timely recipes.

  6. Bless you. It's going right into the camping cooler.

    1. Ditto.

      "You will have to buy some weird kinds of booze, if you don't already have it."

      Guess it's weird that I already had all these ;)

  7. Awesome, as always! :) Vogue published a Vin D'Orange recipe this winter that you may like. I mixed it up in one of those giant restaurant pickle jars and there was enough to share. Only downside is you have to keep it in a cool, dark place for three weeks.

  8. Is it too early in the morning to try one of these? :)

  9. So after going to the liquor store not once but twice (to get some more fancy liquor) I think my summer Mai Tai train must end. My only change is 2 parts simple syrup instead of 1. Girl, your Mai Tai's are strong! What's the fall signature drink?!

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