My absolute favorite tropical cocktail is the Hawaiian Mai Tai. I’ve tried them all through Hawaii and I’ve got a cocktail recipe that will knock your socks off! Scroll for the best Hawaiian Mai Tai recipe you’ll ever find!

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This Hawaiian Mai Tai is one of the most refreshing and delicious cocktails you’ll ever make! With some citrus notes thanks to some lime juice and orange zest, a good splash of rum and topped with a lilikoi foam that’s showstopping, this is going to become your go-to drink of choice!

When people think about Hawaii one of the first things that come to their minds in Aloha. The second? Mai Tai! And with a reason!

Hawaiian Mai Tais are one of the most refreshing, delicious cocktails ever! Even if you are not a big drinker, you’ll love a good Mai Tai!

Mai Tais are my tropical drink of choice when I’m in Hawaii. I’m always a big fan of the ones at Duke’s. I think part of the appeal is getting to sit by the ocean listening to Hawaiian music as I sip my cocktail.

But, I swear my life changed when I tasted the Mai Tai at Merriman’s on Kauai last year. OMG it was outstanding! What really sets it apart is their lilikoi foam that they put on top.

They have Merriman restaurants on several islands and they also have the same Mai Tai recipe at Monkeypod Kitchen. There’s even a Monkeypod location right next to Disney’s Aulani Resort on Oahu, which is incredible!

Since we can’t be in Hawaii right now, I figured creating a copy-cat Monkeypod Mai Tai recipe

The best Mai Tai recipe you'll ever need. This one has lilikoi foam!

Make a Great Mai Tai at Home

If you’ve never made a Mai Tai at home, you probably think it’s a complicated recipe. But the truth is, this Polynesian cocktail is really easy to master. 

There are a couple of little secrets to keep in mind when shaking a Mai Tai at home that make it taste straight from the island: 

  • Add some orange zest! Some Mai Tai recipes don’t call for it, but it makes all the difference in making your cocktail taste fresh! It also adds a lot of citrus aroma that’s amazing!
  • Use freshly squeezed lime juice. I know, it’s probably easier to purchase lime juice from the supermarket. But since we are using so little ingredients, you really want them to shine!
  • Add a lot of ice. Then add some more ice. A good Mai Tai has a couple of different liqueurs mixed in so it can be quite a strong drink. The ice, however, makes it refreshing while also toning down the strong alcohol taste. 

The best Hawaiian Mai Tai Recipe from top Hawaii blog Hawaii Travel with Kids

How to Make a Lilikoi Foam for Your Hawaiian Mai Tai

The lilikoi foam is what makes this drink show-stopping! It’s traditionally served this way at the Monkeypod Kitchen restaurant, a delicious must-visit Hawaiian restaurant that locals and tourists love! 

To make it, you are going to need some lilikoi puree or passion fruit puree (both are the same thing) you can get it at Asian markets. 

You are also going to need some egg whites and simple syrup or honey. Beat until fluffy and foamy and top your Mai Tai with it. 

Trust me when I say this passion fruit foam is the total star of the Mai Tai recipe I’m sharing! 

Hawaiian Mai Tai Recipe from top Hawaii blog Hawaii Travel with Kids

Hawaiian Mai Tai Recipe

Mai Tai Ingredients:

  • 1 Oz Light Rum
  • 1 Oz Dark rum
  • ½ Oz Orgeat syrup
  • ½ Oz Orange Curaçao
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • ½ Tsp orange zest

Lilikoi Foam Ingredients:

  • 1 Oz honey or simple syrup
  • 1 Oz passion-fruit purée
  • 2 Tbsp egg whites

Directions:

Prepare the foam:  Beat the egg whites until slightly foamy. Add the puree and the simple syrup and keep beating until fluffy. Set aside.

Prepare the Mai Tai: Add lime juice, orange zest, orgeat, orange curaçao and light rum into a shaker. Shake with 1 cup cubed ice for 30 seconds and pour into highball glass.

Pour into a glass and top with the lilikoi foam. Garnish with pineapple slices.

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Yield: 1 Serving

The Best Hawaiian Mai Tai Recipe

Hawaiian Mai Tai Recipe from top Hawaii blog Hawaii Travel with Kids

This Hawaiian Mai Tai is one of the most refreshing and delicious cocktails you’ll ever make! With some citrus notes thanks to some lime juice and orange zest, a good splash of rum and topped with a lilikoi foam that’s showstopping, this is going to become your go-to drink of choice!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • MAI TAI
  • 1 Oz Light Rum
  • 1 Oz Dark rum
  • ½ Oz Orgeat syrup
  • ½ Oz Orange Curaçao
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • ½ Tsp orange zest
  • LILIKOI FOAM
  • 1 Oz honey or simple syrup
  • 1 Oz passion-fruit purée
  • 2 Tbsp egg whites

Instructions

  1. Prepare the foam:  Beat the egg whites until slightly foamy. Add the puree and the simple syrup and keep beating until fluffy. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the mai tai: Add lime juice, orange zest, orgeat, orange curaçao and light rum into a shaker. Shake with 1 cup cubed ice for 30 seconds and pour into highball glass.
  3. Pour into a glass and top with the liliko’i foam. Garnish with pineapple slices.

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