Home of the Original Mai Tai
Let’s get the record straight…
I originated the Mai Tai.
In 1944, after success with several exotic rum drinks, I felt a new drink was needed. I was at the service bar in my Oakland restaurant. I took down a bottle of 17-year old Jamaican J. Wray Nephew rum, added fresh lime, some Orange Curacao from Holland, a dash of Rock Candy syrup, and a dollop of French Orgeat, for its subtle flavor. A generous amount of shaved ice and vigorous shaking by hand produced the marriage I was after.
Half the lime shell went in for color … I stuck in a branch of fresh mint and gave two of them to Ham and Carrie Guild, friends from Taihiti, who were there that night.
Carrie took on sip and said, “Mai Tai – Roa Ae”. In Tahitian this means “Out of this World – The Best”. Well, that was that. I named the drink “Mai Tai”. Victor Bergeron
During the early 1950’s Trader Vic took the Mai Tai to Honolulu where its fame spread like wildfire. By the early 1960’s, there were several Trader Vic’s restaurants in existence, the Mai Tai had developed into one of the most ordered and well-known drinks throughout the world.
Today, over 2 million Mai Tai’s are sold annually at Trader Vic’s locations across the globe and it remains the only cocktail that truly embodies the Spirit of the Islands. With the addition of Trader Vic’s own line of Original Formula Mai Tai Mix and Premium Syrups, you too can enjoy the taste of the tropics at home – Paradise In A Glass™