The Mai Tai – Know Where It Came From?

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The Mai Tai - An Iconic Drink

A Mai Tai. What do you think of? Probably a beach vacation, tiki huts, and Hawaiian culture. Everyone knows the name -- the Mai Tai has become an iconic tropical drink. But believe it or not, the alcoholic beverage wasn’t actually invented in Hawaii or even in Tahiti as some might have thought. It was created in Oakland, California in 1944 by bartender and restaurant owner, Victor Jules “Trader Vic” Bergeron.

Victor was running the bar at his restaurant, Trader Vic’s, when he decided to mix up something new for some friends visiting from Tahiti. He combined Jamaican rum, fresh lime juice, orange curacao, Rock Candy Syrup, and French Orgeat Syrup. He added ice and the drink was garnished with lime and fresh mint. Victor passed the drink to his friends who took a sip and immediately exclaimed “Maita’i roa ae!” Meaning, “Out of this world! The best!”

It wasn’t until 1953 that the Mai Tai officially made its way to Hawaii and became the popular drink it is today. Made even more famous by appearing in the film ‘Blue Hawaii’ with Elvis Presley, the drink has left a lasting impact and become a must-have for island vacationers.

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Victor went on to franchise his tropical themed restaurants and opened one in Seattle, Washington, Hawaii and many other locations over the years.  To this day, the legend of ‘Trader Vic’s’ lives on with 27 restaurants still in operation under various names.

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