Trader Vic’s – Mai Tai Toast Around The World!

Published August 11, 2014

The Mai Tai is turning 70! Be a part of the global movement and join Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Nation. Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Original Mai Tai® with our Mai Tai Toast Around the World on Friday, September 26th (see your local Trader Vic’s for more details).

How do you enjoy a Mai Tai? Raise your glass and share your favorite Mai Tai moments at #MaiTaiNation on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. It’s Paradise In A Glass®!


Sam Enjoys His Bourbon!

Published June 19, 2014

Caroline spotted Sam on this Barrel of Bourbon which brings to mind a very tasty Trader Vic’s concoction: the Eastern Sour (see recipe below).


Eastern Sour Recipe
1/2 piece fresh lemon (squeezed)
1/4 piece fresh orange (squeezed)
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. orange juice
1/4 oz. Orgeat
1/4 oz. Rock Candy Syrup
2 oz. Bourbon
Shake with crushed ice
Garnish with lemon and orange shells


Hot Pants on the Rocks!

Published June 9, 2014

“I created this right on the spot at the opening party for our Munich restaurant. The inspiration was there….” Victor Bergeron from his “Bartenders Guide” 1972 Trader Vic  with Playboy Playmate and actress Elke Somme in her “Hot Pants” at the Munich opening in 1971.


1 ounce Vodka
½ ounce Maraschino liqueur
1 dash Peychaud or Angostura bitters
Pour over ice in an old fashioned glass and stir.
Add a twist of lemon peel.

Sam in the Wild West!

Published June 4, 2014

We just found Sam enjoying the sunset in Monument Valley, Utah! Looks like he could use a Mai Tai!


It’s 5 o’clock somewhere at Trader Vic’s!

Published May 31, 2014

Introducing another Trader Vic’s signature cocktail, the Samoan Fog Cutter – a blend of light rum, gin and brandy, fruit juices, and a whisper of orgeat. So potent it can cut through any fog, but let the drinker beware, you may end up in a bit of a fog yourself (best to keep a compass handy). Enjoy!


Sam is on the Vegas Strip!

Published May 28, 2014

We spotted Sam getting a little R&R in Vegas! I don’t know about you but we think Sam will need some R&R after his week in Vegas!


The World’s Most Expensive Mai Tai!

Published May 27, 2014

In 1944, with a bit of serendipity and plenty of mixology prowess, Victor Bergeron used a bottle of 17-year-old Jamaican J. Wray Nephew rum as a base to concoct the most perfect tropical cocktail on the planet – the Mai Tai – Paradise In A Glass®! Today, you’d have a rather difficult time locating a bottle of this rare batch, but if you did it’s likely to set you back $42,790 dollars.

mai tai jwray

Undeterred by the exorbitant price tag, the Merchant Hotel in Northern Ireland’s Belfast acquired a bottle of this iconic liquor and decided to offer its guests a once in a lifetime opportunity – taste the Original Mai Tai. Exactly 2 ounces are expertly mixed with the remaining ingredients of Vic’s creation: French Orgeat, Orange Curacao, dash of rock candy syrup and a fresh squeeze of lime juice. However, if the rum doesn’t kick in before the tab hits the table, you may be in for a shock! This drink will set you back $1235 dollars!

Alas, we called the Merchant Hotel and spoke with the bar manager Michael Patterson. He informed us that they had sold out of this rare rum. Let us know if you find a bottle!

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere at Trader Vic’s!

Published May 23, 2014

Get a jumping start on your weekend with the refreshing Pogo Stick! Smooth gin blends with tart grapefruit and sweet pineapple juices topped off with a sugary stick of rock candy. A must try!


Sam in Austin Texas!

Published May 21, 2014

Sam has been spotted this week in Austin Texas! You never know where he will turn up next! Let us know if you have seen him.


Hint: If you order a “Menehune Juice” at Trader Vic’s you may see one in your glass!


Artifact Hunter Sets Sail: Orchid Island

Published May 20, 2014

Join the Artifact Hunter on her travels as she catalogues some of the items you’ll find at Trader Vic’s.
Travel Log Date: July 15th  |   Destination: Orchid Island

Arrived in Taipei early Saturday morning. Commencing my island hopping journey to get to my destination, Orchid Island, in search of a “Lanyu” canoe.  Took a five hour train ride to Taitung, located on the east coast of the island and the only airport that will fly you to Orchid Island. Upon arrival I met my guide and I was advised to rent a scooter to get around. Onward to the “Tribe Bar” for refreshments before I began my search. The Yami people of the island led me to where I could procure one of their canoes.


Often referred to as “Orchid Island Canoe” or “Lanyu Canoe” is an integral to traditional life on Taiwan’s outlying Orchid Island, home to the Tao people–also known as the Yami–who live primarily by fishing and farming. Their white, red and black wooden boats, symbolic of this lifestyle and surrounded by ritual, are still made by hand according to methods passed down orally from their ancestors.