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Profile on Tiki with Ray Blog

Head on over to the Tiki with Ray Blog to learn more about our backstory and journey, thanks to the “Tiki Blogging” profile and interview.

Tiki Blogging #10 – The Search for The Ultimate Mai Tai (Kevin Crossman)

Ray has been a really important part of my reintroduction into the tiki scene over the past few years, starting with his blog and later his YouTube channel. Ray seems to know everyone, and they’re often featured on his blog.

In my day job I have had the opportunity to travel to the Seattle area a few times over the past few years and I’ve met up with Ray and some of the other Seattle Ohana. We have had some great adventures in the Seattle/Tacoma area!

Seattle Sightseeing

It’s always fun when Ray rolls into town for visit. The photo below is from last year’s meetup at Forbidden Island in Alameda. There’s nobody in this world who makes me laugh as much as Ray does. It was also my pleasure to help Ray out by monitoring the camera for  two Tiki with Ray Live episodes in late 2019. 

Ray gave me the opportunity to do several guest blog posts on his blog, covering tiki bars in the Bay Area. And I guested on his YouTube show a couple times. So, it’s truly an honor to be featured on Ray’s blog, one of the seminal resources in the Third Wave of Tiki.

Tiki with Ray hamming it up


Dark Rum Mai Tai

New Site Feature: Top 5 Mai Tais

We’ve added a new page with our current list of best Mai Tais. These are Mai Tais made without any rum or ingredient substitutions (which could yield a better Mai Tai of course). If you just walk in and order the house Mai Tai, these are the best.

  1. Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29
  2. Rumba
  3. House without a Key, Halekulani Hotel
  4. Lono
  5. Hale Pele

The Search for the Ultimate Mai Tai: Top 5 Mai Tais

The Latitude 29 Mai Tai is Ranked Number One by the Search for the Ultimate Mai Tai

Voyager’s Mainbrace

Mai Tai in Pop Culture: “Mai Tai” by Les Baxter

This is track number 6 (closing Side A) from Les Baxter’s 1963 album Soul of the Drums. This albums was one of Baxter’s last in the exotica genre and is pretty good overall.

Unfortunately, “Mai Tai” is maybe the least exotic song on the album, and was described by Ambient Exotica (reprinted in The Les Baxter Companion, 2018) as a “stupefying silkened string panorama.” Since this album was Baxter’s first on Reprise it also means that none of its tracks made it onto the otherwise excellent Capitol Records compilations from the 1990s.