The Mai Tai cocktail was created in 1945 by Victor Bergeron, the genius of rum, also known as Trader Vic. The drink got its name when he served it to two friends from Tahiti, who exclaimed “Maitai roa ae!,” which in Tahitian means “Out of this world – the best!”
If Your Mai Tai Doesn't Look Like This, You're Doing It Wrong. • A true Mai Tai is neither bright red nor sweet. Here's how to make it right with rum, fresh lime juice, curaçao, sugar cane syrup, and orgeat almond syrup.