Chai Tai (Chai Rum Cocktail)

This delightfully complex Mai Tai riff is tropical yet also cozy, balancing pineapple with warming chai tea spices. Serve this chai cocktail at all your fall occasions and even Thanksgiving!


  • 0.5 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1.5 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz very strongly brewed decaf chai tea, cooled
  • 0.25 oz orange liqueur
  • 0.25-0.5 oz dark rum
  • Thin slice of pineapple for garnish


  1. In a cocktail stirring glass, mix the ingredients for the middle layer: pineapple juice, gold rum, chai, and orange liqueur.
  2. Fill a highball or rocks glass with ice.
  3. Pour the cranberry juice into the bottom of the serving glass, being careful not to splash on the sides.
  4. Gently float the pineapple juice mixture over the cranberry juice.
  5. Float a small amount of dark rum over the top of the pineapple layer.
  6. Garnish with a slice of pineapple.