August 30 is National Mai Tai Day, celebrating the day Victor J. “Trader Vic” Bergeron created the iconic cocktail in Oakland, California.

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 you need to try in honor of the holiday!

mai tai from Three Dots

Three Dots and a Dash is offering two Mai Tais in celebration:
Trader Vic Style Mai Tai with Martinique Rhum Agricole, Aged Jamaican Rum, Dry Curacao, Orgeat, Lime and Jamaican Overproof Float

Three Dots Mai Tai

Hawaii Style Mai Tai with a Caribbean Rum Blend, Dry Curacao, Orgeat, Lime, Pineapple, Tangerine and a Dark Rum Float

Mai Tai at Bamboo

The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash

1944 Style Mai Tai with Worthy Park Rum Bar Gold, Nelsson 52.5º, Real McCoy 12 Year Old, Sumatra Mandarin Curacao, Lime Orgeat

mai tai from Big Bowl

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

 

mai tai at Tokio

Tokio Pub

Tsunami Slammer with Cruzan Aged Rum, Myers Dark Rum, Yuzu Luxe, Fresh Orange and Lime Juice, and a touch of simple syrup and grenadine