How to Make a Virgin Mai Tai Cocktail

By M.H. Dyer

At your next get-together, your non-drinking guests and designated drivers, as well as the younger set, will appreciate a virgin mai tai. It's non-alcoholic and a whole lot more fun than soda pop or fruit punch. Break out the tiki torches and get ready to party, because a virgin mai tai is fresh and fruity -- and takes only minutes to prepare.

Tropical Drink - Margarita and Mai Tai
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A mai tai is a traditional tropical cocktail.

Step 1

Place orange juice, unsweetened pineapple juice and freshly squeezed lime juice in a cocktail shaker. For one mai tai, use about 2 ounces of orange juice, 1 ounce of pineapple juice and the juice of half a lime.

Step 2

Stir in equal parts -- about 1/4 ounce of each -- of simple syrup and orgeat syrup. Simple syrup is made of equal parts sugar and water. Orgeat, a syrup with a distinctive almond flavor, is usually available at liquor stores and wine shops.

Step 3

Add crushed ice and shake the mixture, then pour it into a glass. Do not strain the mixture.

Step 4

Garnish the mai tai before serving with a sprig of fresh mint and the squeezed lime half. Add a maraschino cherry or a piece of fresh fruit, such as an orange slice or pineapple chunk.