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Enjoy Hawaiian Mai Tai Tropical Island Drinks on Sunset & Other Sailing Tours in Molokai, HI
When sailing with Gemini Sailing, our bar serves Gemini Mai Tais among many fan favorites. Having an island drink while enjoying ocean smells and scenic views while whale watching or having a grand time on any one of our tours, is something to remember. Many people enjoy a Mai Tai or two at a number of venues and we at Gemini Sailing would like to touch on the basics of the popular Hawaiian Mai Tai beverage.
Mai Tai Ingredients
Often associated with Polynesian-style settings, the Mai Tai is an alcoholic cocktail that is based on rum, Curaçao liqueur, orgeat syrup, and lime juice. The Tahitian word for “good” is “Maita’i”, but the drink is spelled as two words, some hyphenate it and others will capitalize it. As far as Mai Thai (Thai Silk), it has no connection.
Original Mai Tai Recipe
The history of Mai Tai is an interesting one. In 1944, Victor J. Bergeron claimed to have invented the Mai Tai in his restaurant Trader Vic’s, in Oakland, California. However, Don the Beachcomber, Trader Vic’s rival, claimed that in 1933, he created the tasty drink at the bar from then, named for himself, which would later be a famous restaurant in Hollywood. But not only is the taste quite different from that of Vic’s, but Don the Beachcomber’s recipe is more complex. Trader, Victor J. Bergeron, created the drink one afternoon for some friends who were visiting from Tahiti, is how the story of Trader Vic’s invented the Mai Tai. Because Carrie Guild, one of those friends, tasted the drink and exclaimed “Maita’i roa ae!”. This literally translates “very good!”, or even figuratively, “Out of this world! The best!”, which is how it got that name.
Easy Mai Tai Recipes
Based on Trader Vic’s 1944 recipe, most recipes include rum, lime juice, orgeat syrup, and orange liqueur, generally orange curaçao. Some variations may have orange and grapefruit juices, falernum, grenadine, bitters, and other such similar ingredients. Using rum from Jamaica as well as from Martinique, which in modern usage is a Rhum Agricole are also described in assortment of books from Victor Bergeron. The Martinique rums used by Bergeron in the 1950s were most certainly not agricole rums, as noted in Smuggler’s Cove from Martin and Rebecca Cate.
Hawaiian Mai Tais
Tiki-themed restaurants or bars especially, served them, but the Mai Tai became such a popular cocktail in the 1950s–60s that many restaurants served them as well. Because of the popularity of the Mai Tai, the film Blue Hawaii with Elvis Presley is prominently featured. Mai Tai Bars that primarily served these cocktails was established by Trader Vic’s Restaurant chain.
Sailing Tours in Honolua Bay, Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach, Turtle Town in Olowalu, Molokai, Lanai, & West Maui, Hawaii
With Mai Tais being a common drink on the islands, Gemini Sailing has our very own Gemini Mai Tai recipe that are exceptionally fabulous. When you take advantage of any of our sailing tours be sure to indulge in our Mai Tai to complete the experience. The adventure filled with fine drinks and delicious food is the ultimate way to spend your vacation! Book your next tour today!