A Mai Tai is just one of those drinks that conjures up images of warm sandy beaches, palm trees and crystal clear waters. A.K.A vacation, baby!
So, whether or not a tropical vacation is in your budget this year, you can bring the tropics to you with the help of this pretty little frozen concoction.
These Frozen Pineapple Mai Tais are really fun to make and enjoy with friends for a festive cocktail hour or you can make a big batch and serve them out of a dispenser. If you have a margarita maker, use that, or blend them using a blender and then transfer to a beverage dispenser.
Now, a true Mai Tai calls for some pretty out-there ingredients. If you’re like me, you don’t have these on hand and unless you’re serving a bunch of people, you might not want to go out and buy all the different liquors you need to make a proper Mai Tai. That could get expensive! Not to mention storing the leftover bottles. So, what I did was I took the essence of a Mai Tai, recreated it with everyday ingredients, and then froze it. Ha! If you’re a purist at heart, you’re hating me right now, but honestly, nothing’s really pure anyway. It’s all evolving. Right? Right.
Final note—the glass. I have a feeling you’re going to ask about that. I got it from Amazon. It was expensive. Boo. But if you love Mai Tais and have them a lot it might be worth getting you own set of tiki glasses. If this is just a one-time deal for you, like maybe you’re serving these at a Hawaiian luau or just a tropical-themed happy hour or party, then check out these less expensive yet still fun and colorful tiki cups.
Please drink responsibly! This recipe is for ages 21+. To create a virgin Mai Tai, just leave out the rum!