Holiday Gifting: Day 11

A few days behind – I mean, it takes time to think of the best. gifts. ever. for loved ones.  So here’s a gem of an idea I had last night.  My mom and step-dad recently returned from Hawaii, and all they have talked about since returning is the “Great Mai Tai Taste Test” they did all around Maui.  This is not an official event or anything, merely an excuse to drink a delicious mai tai at every restaurant and talk about it’s pros and cons….. oh, and then try to recreate it at home.

So I thought – how about a Mai Tai gift set?  Ya know, something Hawaii inspired that gives the essence (and ingredients) of the ellusive mai tai? Genius! You could also do this with other choice cocktails, but here’s what I’m thinking for my Mai Tai gift:

1. Maui Gold 2-Pack of pineapples picked straight from the island


2. Orgeat(almond) syrup – this seems to be essential according to my mom


3. Cruzan Light Rum

4. Cruzan Dark Rum

5. Orange Curacao

6. Decorate with fresh limes!

7. Vintage Tiki glasses – like these I found on eBay

Or these for something more authentic (-ly touristy/cheesy but amazing)

Drink accessories like these Tiki stir sticks – a MUST


And you’ll definitely need umbrellas

And last but certainly not least, you must include the famous Mama’s Fish House Mai Tai recipe.  A legendary restaurant and bar (great, but not my personal fave) on the island of Maui.

Mama’s Fish House Mai Tai Recipe:


1 1/2 ounces light Rum
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
1 1/2 ounces lime juice
1 splash orgeat (almond flavored syrup)
1 splash simple syrup
2 splash orange curacao
2 splash grenadine or Pomegranate syrup.
2 ounces dark Rum float on top


1. Pour light rum on ice in glass

2. Add juices & orgeat sugar syrup & 1/2 of the curacao, grenadine

3. Float dark Rum and give it one quick stir

4. Add orange curacao & grenadine splashes

5. Garnish with a lime wheel, pineapple, umbrella, stir stick and tropical flower


See!  Wiki wiki! You’re sure to have a festive evening…….





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