National Mai Tai Day – June 30th or August 30th?

Mai Tai’s HAVE to be the most famous adult beverage of Hawaii. Do you know of another drink besides a Mai Tai that screams Hawaii?

Who doesn’t love a Mai Tai?

Think about it…Sweet rum, mixed with delicious fruit juices and liqueurs, garnished with a juicy pineapple slice.

Mai Tais are great after enjoying a long, sunny day at the beach.

Mai Tai’s are great to drink while (and likely inspired by) watching the sun set.

Mai Tai’s are everyone’s favorite drink when on vacation in Hawaii.

And Mai Tai’s are great to have when back from vacation reminiscing about the time spent in Hawaii. Oh wait, that might be just me.

mai tai on the beachMai Tai on Lanikai Beach Kailua (c) Tomas del Amo.

In Honor of the Mai Tai, the drink has been given its own day, August 30. While there has been some dispute over the actual, official date of National Mai Tai Day, some say it is the 30th of August and others like “A History of Drinking” say it is June 30. Either way, the Mai Tai is so good it’s worth celebrating National Mai Tai Day on both days!

Here’s a little history on the Mai Tai.

The Mai Tai was claimed to be invented by Victor J. Bergeron is August 1944. Bergeron was the proprietor of Trader Vic’s in Oakland. But Don the Beachcomber, of Los Angeles, also claimed to have invented the drink, back in 1933.

Both drinks taste different and have different recipes. There are also many variations of the Mai Tai, as well.

Here’s a couple of recipes:

Here is the old-time TRADER VIC’S 1944 MAI TAI RECIPE:

2 oz of 17-year old J. Wray & Nephew Rum over shaved ice
Add juice from one fresh lime
1/2 oz Holland DeKuyper Orange Curaçao
1/4 oz Trader Vic’s Rock Candy Syrup
1/2 oz French Garnier Orgeat Syrup
Shake vigorously.
Add a sprig of fresh mint

trader vic's mai tai

Here is a current variation on the Mai Tai:

Fill a collins glass with ice.

¾ oz. Light Rum
¾ oz. Dark Rum
½ oz. Amaretto
½ oz. Triple Sec

Fill with:
½ Orange Juice
½ Pineapple Juice
Float ½ oz. of Grenadine on top

Take the time to celebrate National Mai Tai day on June 30th or August 30th. It’s worth it.


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