Nealy Fisher holds a skinny Mai Tai with a pineapple as garnish on top in front of the shore in Hawaii.

Tropical Mai Tai: Skinny Sips to Socialize Again With

The Mai Tai drink name comes from the Tahitian word maita’i which means “good.” This cocktail is so delicious it’ll leave you feeling more than just good, try ecstatic or amazing! However you shake it up, it’s a crowd-pleaser you can really WOW your guests with especially if you haven’t seen them for a while.

I hadn’t had one of these EVER until our recent trip to Hawaii. While you might not be able to whisk off to a tropical Island this second, these flavors are guaranteed to transport you to your dream beach destination just with a few sips.

I always like to slash calories and sugar so I took the traditional Mai Tai and paired it down to its essentials, minus the fillers. You’re welcome.

It’s extra refreshing for the upcoming spring and summer weather, you might want to pair it with my thirst-quenching Sangria recipe! Regardless, sipping season is coming up, be sure you are equipped with all the right bartending tools as we start to socialize again!

Mai Tai Recipe


  • 2 ounces rum (mix dark and light or use what you have)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounces Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 drop almond extract (unless you have orgeat)


  • orange slice, pineapple, lime, mint


  1. Put all of the ingredients in a shaker with loads of ice cubes. Shake well for about 30 seconds.

  2. Pour into glass and top with the garnish of your choice!

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