Mai Tai Cocktail for the perfect bachelorette Party
This fun and extra boozy cocktail with rum, lime, orange, and almondy flavors is the ultimate bachelorette party drink that will encourage everyone to let their hair down to sing along to some Beyonce or the Spice Girls.
Best of all, this cocktail only requires 4 main ingredients, so it’s easy to shake up while catching up with your friends and the bride-to-be. So grab a Barillio mixology set to recreate this lively drink and celebrate with your best friends.
Cocktail Ingredients and Kit:
- White rum
- Dark rum
- Orgeat (or almond syrup)
- Lime juice
- Few dashes of Angostura orange bitters
- Fresh mint leaves to garnish
- Low ball glass
- Barillio mixology set including shaker, jigger, and strainer
- Bachelorette decor, including ‘Team Bride’ cocktail accessories
What is a Mai Tai Cocktail?
The Mai Tai originated sometime during the 1940s and is a staple of Tiki culture. This rum cocktail is renowned for its complex, sweet, tangy flavor profile with hints of almond and citrus.
A Mai Tai is a classic tropical-inspired cocktail made with rum, orgeat syrup, lime juice, and a few dashes of Angostura orange bitters. It is typically served over ice and garnished with a few mint leaves or even a wedge of lime (you can’t go far wrong with fresh toppings).
Mini Guide to Hosting a Bachelorette Party
Hosting a bachelorette party can be a fun and memorable (and usually boozy) experience for the bride-to-be and her friends.
Here’s a quick guide to help you plan an unforgettable weekend or night:
Determine the Budget, Theme, and Guest List
Before you even think about planning a hen party, aka bachelorette party, get together with your fellow hens and discuss your budget, theme (80s, 90s, Disney, Disco, woodland fairy garden party, or girls’ night are fun theme starting points) and who to invite. Then you can get into the details.
Food and Drink
We recommend having a few drink options at the party, including a mix of non-alcoholic and alcoholic cocktails so everyone can get involved.
The Barillio blog contains 10s of easy-to-make cocktail recipes for you to make using your Barillio mixology set, which you can order in time for the event via our online store. Then simply use your phone to view the recipes or print your favorites to recreate during the evening.
You’ll also need to decide whether to eat out, order in, or create a menu for all guests to enjoy. And don’t forget to have enough snacks and light bites to keep everyone going before the main food option of the night arrives!
Bachelorette Party Activities
Who doesn’t love a bit of organized fun? Especially organized fun involving cocktails and alcohol!
Be sure to prepare 1-3 activities or games you can play to lift the mood and help everyone settle in the evening. Some ideas you could try include:
- Cocktail-making activity. For example, everyone brings a recipe or idea and makes a cocktail of their choice for the group or a cocktail-making class.
- Charades or Pictionary
- Solve a murder mystery
- A quiz about the bride-to-be
Top tip: it’s always good to have a couple of backup activities in case of turbulent weather, other unexpected events, or cancellations.
Bachelorette gifts for the Bride-to-be or the other guests may not be top of your priorities, but it’s always nice to provide a small token to remember the event. For example, you could organize a small party favor such as a personalized photo card or a morning-after revival kit with face wipes, electrolyte drinks, chocolate, and other useful hangover cures.
Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe
- Low ball glass
- 1.5 oz White rum
- 1 oz Dark rum
- 1 oz Orgeat (or almond syrup)
- 1 oz Lime juice
- Few dashes of Angostura orange bitters
- Optional: fresh mint leaves
- Grab your Barillio shaker and add in your white rum, dark rum, lime juice, and orgeat, along with about 4-5 large ice cubes. Give these ingredients a shake in your cocktail for at least 15 sections
- Strain into a lowball glass full of crushed ice
- Garnish with a few mint leaves and 3-4 drops of Angostura orange bitters
Other Bachelorette Party-Ready Cocktail Recipes
Here are our top choices for fun Bachelorette cocktails you can stir, shake or pour using your Barillio bartending kit:
- Dark and Stormy: rum-based cocktail with lime, which is an easy drink to make alongside this Mai Tai if you want to create a few cocktails to shake up during the bachelorette party without buying 100s of different ingredients or mixing alcohol during a night out.
- Piña Colada: another delicious rum-based cocktail. However, the Piña Colada is a great choice to serve before or after a Mai Tai at any summer bachelorette party.
- Cosmopolitan: although this pink drink may be a cliche bachelorette party cocktail, who would say no to this Instagram-worthy is an excellent choice for girly get-togethers?
- Blue Lagoon: show-stopping drink is an electric blue color making it a great drink to liven up any bachelorette party. Just be sure to play a few 80s tunes while you pour out this vibrant drink to set the mood!
- Mimosas and Peach Bellinis: these cocktails with fruit and bubbles are the best choice to serve at brunch during a Bachelorette weekend.
How much alcohol is in a Mai Tai?
A Mai Tai cocktail contains a total of 2.5 ounces of rum which is on the high side. The exact content of alcohol in each drink can vary depending on the strength of the ingredients used. Still, the Mai Tai is generally considered a strong cocktail that should be enjoyed responsibly by all bachelorette guests.
What is Orgeat?
Orgeat is a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water. As suggested in this recipe, it is often used in Mai Tai cocktails or as a flavoring in various culinary dishes. It has a nutty, almond-forward taste and is a key ingredient in many Tiki drinks.
You can use a simple almond syrup if you have no access to Orgeat. However, Orgeat offers so much more than just an almond flavor, so it’s worth purchasing if you are planning to make Mai Tais at your next bachelorette party.
What are Angostura Orange Bitters?
Bitters are used in many classic cocktails, like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned, to enhance and balance the flavors of the other ingredients in the cocktail.
Angostura Orange Bitters are a type of bitters used in cocktails to add a complex, citrusy flavor. They are pungent and packed with flavor (hence why you only need a few drops).
The Angostura Orange Bitters are made by the House of Angostura, a company based in Trinidad and Tobago known for its high-quality bitters and other spirits.
This Mai Tai recipe by Barillio bartending experts uses white and dark rum, lime juice, and orgeat for a sweet and tangy tropical cocktail that is perfect for any bachelorette party. Serve over ice with a garnish of fresh mint for a fun and lively drink you can all enjoy at your next bachelorette event.