If you happened to read my post on our Hawaiian vacation earlier this year then you might have noticed I had this cocktail in my hand for most of it. I love the colors and the flavors in this drink and because it’s something I usually sip when I’m somewhere tropical, making one at home makes me feel like I’m on a little vacation. You can make the original recipe but why not add some extra oomph and make a Kiwi Mai Tai instead? The pineapple is sweet, the kiwi is tart and the rum is going to make everything better!

how to make a mai tai with a twist

Let’s start by filling tall glasses with ice. Then pour in the pineapple juice and kiwi juice. Chic Tip: If you can’t find kiwi juice all on it’s own, you can use a kiwi juice blend. This one has all sorts of green veggies and fruit in it, but the main ingredient was kiwi!

cocktails with kiwi juice

You want to pour the ingredients of your kiwi mai tai one by one in layers so that you can see the different ingredients through the glass. After the pineapple and kiwi juice, pour in the coconut rum and dark spiced rum. Finish off with a drizzle of grenadine. 

rum based cocktails

 Garnish with fresh pineapple slices, kiwi slices and maraschino cherries for that extra tropical flare!

tropical drinks

If you want to make a traditional Mai Tai, you can swap out the kiwi juice for orange juice! Use the same recipe and amount. 

chic drink recipes

 Next time you’re throwing a Tiki themed party or are in need of a tropical cocktail by the pool, give these Kiwi Mai Tai a try!

kiwi cocktails that are easy to make

Kiwi Mai Tai
Serves 1
A classic Mai Tai with a twist. Kiwi juice and fresh kiwi slices give this tropical drinks
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 3 fluid ounces pineapple juice
  2. 2 fluid ounces kiwi or kiwi blend juice
  3. 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) dark spiced rum
  4. 1/2 (1.5 fluid ounce) coconut-flavored rum
  5. 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup
  6. ice
  7. fresh pineapple slices, for garnish
  8. fresh kiwi slices, for garnish
  9. maraschino cherries, for garnish
  1. Fill a tall cocktail glass with ice. Pour each of the ingredients in layers, starting with the pineapple juice and kiwi juice. Then the light rum, dark rum and grenadine. Garnish with pineapple slices, kiwi slices and cherries. Enjoy!
  1. Just repeat the ingredients and process for each cocktail you plan on making!
Rachel Hollis