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Celebrate (the real) National Mai Tai Day

Celebrate (the real) National Mai Tai Day

Aug 29, 2018

Today the great Mai Tai cocktail turns 74, celebrating the day Victor J. “Trader Vic” Bergeron created the iconic cocktail in Oakland, California.

Fact: contrary to what Google search results National Mai Tai Day is August 30 (not June 30).

As the story goes, Trader Vic was behind the bar making drinks for his two friends, Ham and Carrie Guild, from Tahiti. He grabbed a bottle of Jamaican J. Wray Nephew 17-year rum, added fresh lime, Orange Curacao from Holland, Rock Candy syrup and a touch of French Orgeat. Upon first sip Carrie said “Mai Tai — Roa Ae” in Tahitian, which translates to “Out of this world — the best”.

And so the Mai Tai was born.

Today, bartenders around the world have made adaptations using different ingredients and techniques. We’ve rounded up all of our best Mai Tais for the holiday.

mai tai from Three Dots

Three Dots and a Dash is offering two Mai Tais in celebration:
Trader Vic’s Mai Tai with Martinique Blanc Agricole, Aged Jamaican Rum, Dry Curacao, Orgeat, Lime and an Overproof Rum Float
Hawaii Style Mai Tai with a Caribbean Rum Blend, Orgeat, Lime, Pineapple, Tangerine and a Dark Jamaican Rum Float

mai tai from Big Bowl

Big Bowl
Ultimate Mai Tai with Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Appleton VX Rum, Lime, Almont, Orange and Pineapple

 


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