The History of the Mai Tai and Tropical Essays

The History of the Mai Tai

The History of the Mai Tai – our long-form essay telling the story of the Mai Tai from 1944 to the present

Trader Vic’s History of the Mai Tai (from 1970)

The (De)Evolution of the Hawaiian Mai Tai

1956 Mai Tai – the Original Hawaiian Mai Tai

1958 Mai Tai from Havana with Martinique Rhum 

Why the 1944 Mai Tai Isn’t “the 1944 Mai Tai”

Q. B. Cooler

Peter Seely Interview (Trader Vic’s grandson, from 1998)

The Mai Tai Hits the Big Five-0 (from 1994)

Famous Dirty Stinkers (from 1999)

Tropical Essays and Features

The focus on our site is Mai Tais but we do find space for other related tiki and cocktail interests. We have several essays hosted here.

Harry Yee, King of the Tropical Cocktails

The Search for the Ultimate Navy Grog

Beachbum Berry’s Wiki Wiki Mai Tai Mix

5 Bottle Rum Challenge