Perhaps no destination demonstrates the search for the ultimate Mai Tai better than The Kon-Tiki in Oakland. Their Mai Tai has always been good, but self-described constant R&D means their 2022 Mai Tai has leapfrogged into the top 10, replacing sister bar The Kon-Tiki Room.
This sweet and savory cocktail uses Super Jugoso Orgeat, rum-based orange shrubb, and a blend of rums from Guyana, Martinique, and Jamaica. The house Mai Tai is excellent at Kon-Tiki, or try one with their special Kon-Tiki Single Barrel Rum from Worthy Park.
Kon-Tiki is also the place where where a customized Mai Tai was the best we’ve ever had.
Here are the top 10 Mai Tais that you can have right now.
- Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29
- Dr. Funk
- Hale Pele
- Halekulani Hotel
- The Kon-Tiki Oakland
- Maunakea Mai Tai at Skull & Crown Trading Co.
- Smuggler’s Cove
- San Francisco Mai Tai at Trader Vic’s Emeryville
Mrs Mai Tai and I are going to New York City at the end of the month and expect to visit Sunken Harbor Club, home of Garret Richard’s famed Mai Tai. A possible new entry in this list, so stay tuned.