The actual origin of the iconic Hawaii cocktail the Mai Tai is still up for discussion but for many visitors to Hawai’i the vacation begins when they have been served their first official Hawaiian Mai Tai. An alcoholic cocktail based on rum, Curacao liqueur and lime juice and normally served in Polynesian-style settings and usually garnished with pineapple, a cherry and an orchid blossom.
The source of the name is “Maita’i” the Tahitian word for “good” , but the drink is always spelled with two words Mai Tai – One popular story that has always been associated with the origin of the Mai Tai belongs to the Victor J Bergeron (Trader Vic’s Restaurant in Oakland, Ca. in 1944) when he put together the ingredients for friends visiting from Tahiti,and one of his friends responded with “Maita’i roa ae!” which means very good and the name stuck.
Everyone has a favorite, but these are a few of my mine-
The “Mai Tai” Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki, has been serving this original Mai Tai recipe since 1953, many have tried to improve upon Mr. Bergeron’s original recipe but most agree there is nothing better than the original.
Personally, my favorite has to be at the House Without a Key at the Halekulani on O’ahu. For nearly a century locals and visitors to Hawai’i alike have gathered under the century-old Kiawe tree to share cocktails and listen to Hawaiian music. House Without a Key is Halekulani’s popular indoor/outdoor gathering spot for informal breakfast, lunch, cocktails, appetizers and entertainment. Famous Waikiki Beach sunsets paired with Hawaiian music and graceful Hawaiian Dancers and a Mai Tai, the perfect end to a day at the beach.
Tahiti Nui Bar and Restaurant located in Hanalei, Kaua’i has been welcoming visitors for three generations, world famous Mai Tai’s are made from Grandma Louise’s secret recipe – amazing food and personality combine to make every visit a fond memory, whether you are staying in Princeville, or just making a day trip at least stop by for lunch and a Mai Tai.
Regardless of the islands that you visit, just ask the locals where to go for the best Mai Tai on the island.
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