Merry Mai Tai Christmas Cocktail

We wish you a Merry Mai Tai - a crowd pleasing Christmas cocktail that will warm you up this winter {made in just 3 minutes}

Last week I was in Napa and San Francisco with Zephyr, the maker of the quietest range hoods on the market, and a group of designers and bloggers. We spent the week indulging in some of the most incredible cocktails and eats at inspiring restaurants and wineries. One of my favorite stops was a darling restaurant, Leo’s Oyster Bar. Not only was it pretty in pinks, greens and golds, but they served a warm and fuzzy Mai Tai in a kitchy glass. I decided to recreate it to make a Merry Mai Tai Christmas cocktail to warm you up as winter approaches.

Merry Mai Tai recipe | crowd pleasing Christmas cocktail recipe

First, let’s take a peek at Leo’s, shall we? While there, I snapped a few iPhone photos.

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Isn’t that light fixture gorgeous? Speaking of gorgeous, Zephyr’s new line of kitchen hoods are stunning as well. I look forward to having a custom wood hood built around one of their units when I brave our kitchen remodel.

Zephyr hood designed by Fu Tung Cheng

Zephyr hood designed by Fu Tung Cheng

This mai tai is still a touch fruity, but more balanced than most thanks to the addition of amaretto, my first love. Amaretto is so smooth, that it’s always a crowd pleaser, especially among light drinkers. My mom rarely drank, but when she did, she enjoyed an amaretto sour and when I came of drinking age, I did too. If you’re going to offer just one cocktail for a holiday get together, this is it – this merry mai tai will put everyone in the holiday spirit!

Merry Mai Tai recipe | the best Christmas crowd pleasing cocktail

Merry Mai Tai recipe | the best Christmas crowd pleasing cocktail

I know it’s a little early to think about the holidays, but I assure you, you’ll enjoy this recipe all fall and winter long, but I can’t wait to serve it for holiday get togethers!

Merry Mai Tai Christmas Cocktail
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 12 oz pineapple juice
  • 12 oz orange juice
  • 6 oz flor de cana/dark rum
  • 6 oz amaretto
  • crushed ice
Instructions
  1. In a pitcher, whisk together juices, rum and amaretto.
  2. Pour over glasses filled with crushed ice.
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We wish you a Merry Mai Tai - a crowd pleasing Christmas cocktail that will warm you up this winter {made in just 3 minutes}

Cheers!

Thanks to Zephyr for hosting a fun and inspiring trip with designer Fu Tung Cheng!

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

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