The “Vacation” Mai Tai

Posted by Mid-Century Aloha on

We’ve made a lot of mai tais and know there are several “styles” of the classic cocktail.  In celebration of our new mai tai glass pair, we’re sharing a recipe for what we’re calling a “vacation” mai tai. 

What’s a vacation mai tai?  It’s the perfectly sweet, very boozy, two-tone drink you enjoy by the pool or in a little beachfront bar.   Because folks get really serious about their cocktails, we add the following disclaimer:  This is not the original mai tai, this is just a fun variation we like.  

As with most tiki creations, this is a strong drink.  We remind you to drink responsibly and with Aloha.


  • 1.5 ounces White Rum (preferred Koloa Rum Co. Kaua’i Hawaiian White Rum)
  • Splash of Gold Rum (preferred Old Lahaina Premium Gold Rum)
  • .5 ounces triple sec
  • 2 to 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Dark rum to use as a float (preferred Whalers the Original Dark Rum or Trader Vic’s Dark Rum - something syrupy that will float well)
  • Crushed or cubed ice
  • Garnishes of choice (cherry, lime wedge, mint, paper parasol, etc.)


  1. Mix white and gold rum, triple sec, lime juice, and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour through the shaker strainer into a glass with fresh ice.
  3. Add dark rum float on top. Pro tip: Use a pour spout on the bottle to get a nice float that stays on the top of the drink.
  4. Garnish and enjoy!

Cheers & Aloha!