Will the True National Mai Tai Day Please Stand up?

Trader Vic's Mai Tai

Photo Credit: Trader Vics

What is the official day for National Mai Tai Day? It’s the debate of the century! A quick search in Google gives two dates: June 30 and August 30. If you ask Trader Vic’s, Home of the Original Mai Tai®, the drink began in 1944 by Victor “the Trader” Bergeron himself.

According to them, on August 30, Vic crafted a rum drink using rock candy syrup, fresh lime, orange curaçao, and orgeat. His Tahitian friend exclaimed “Mai tai roa ae!” which translates to “out of this world!” Since that time, the cocktail has become the most replicated tropical drink of all time. Even Jimmy Choo designed a sexy, scrappy sandal called the “Mai Tai”.
And these double holidays give us an excuse to celebrate this legendary drink twice in one year! That works for us!
If you live in Emeryville, CA. head on over to The Lounge at Trader Vics. On Aug. 30th your first Mai Tai is only 44¢ to commemorate the year the iconic tropical cocktail was created—1944.
If you plan to celebrate at home, here’s the 1944 recipe from Trader Vics.
Trader Vic's Original Mai Tai
Original recipe from 1944
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 1 oz amber Martinique rum
  • 1 oz dark Jamaican rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz orgeat syrup (or use 1 drop pure almond extract)
  • ½ oz of Cointreau
  • floater of Dark Rum (optional but we recommend)
  • mint (optional garnish)
  • lime (optional garnish)
  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, except the garnish.
  2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with fresh mint and a lime.
  4. You can also float some dark rum on top of the cocktail.


Trader Vics Original Mai Tai Recipe


  • Bianca August 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    This sounds like a good Saturday afternoon plan. Or better yet, Mai Tais on the beach.

    • Kim & Robert August 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Any time is a good time! Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

  • Krissy August 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I am a huge fan of mai tai’s and I am loving that glass!
    Krissy | https://www.thoughtfullyunraveled.com

    • Kim & Robert August 29, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      They are delicious! The glass is from Trader Vic’s. Cheers!

  • Shell August 30, 2017 at 1:10 am

    These sound absolutely delicious!! I love that super cute cup you have it in!!

    • Kim & Robert September 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      They are yummy! Can’t take credit for the cup as it’s from Trader Vics but we have lots of great vintage barware for sale on our new etsy shop!

  • Aarika August 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    This mai tai sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.


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