Mai Tai in Pop Culture: Here’s Lucy S1/Ep15 (1969) “Lucy and the Ex-Con”

Mai Tai in Pop Culture will be a recurring segment here on the Ultimate Mai Tai blog. For this edition we are focusing on the Season 1 episode of Here’s Lucy called “Lucy and the Ex-Con.”

In this episode, Lucy (Lucille Ball) meets a reformed ex-con named Rocky (Wally Cox) who is wrongly accused of stealing diamonds from a safe. Lucy and Rocky go undercover as old ladies to find a way into the office of a South Seas themed bar to find the safe and prove someone else stole the diamonds.

When Lucy realizes that patrons who have too much to drink are led into the bar’s office to sleep it off, she comes up with a plan to pretend to get drunk on Mai Tais. “Might I have a Mai Tai,” Lucy cleverly asks, and is then informed that the Mai Tai “packs a punch” and is made with seven kinds of rum. 

Lucy needs to stay sober, so smartly pours her drinks into a bowl of popcorn. Meanwhile, Rocky is drinking Mai Tai after Mai Tai for real. In order to demonstrate that the Mai Tais are having the desired effect, Lucy hula dances to “Sweet Leilani” and the “Hawaiian War Chant.”

“Lucy and the Ex-Con” is actually pretty funny, with some good physical humor by both Ball and Cox. It is also an interesting time capsule of the cultural awareness of Mai Tais in the late 1960s. 

More info about this episode is available on the Papermoon Loves Lucy Tumblr.

You can watch this episode of Here’s Lucy on Hulu and Amazon Prime

“Might I have a Mai Tai?”

Clairin Mai Tai

London Sour and London Trip Planning

Looks like we are headed for the British Isles for vacation this summer. Specific dates/plans are still TBD but most likely a tour starting in late June with some extra days in London.

I haven’t been to Trader Vic’s there (stupidly, didn’t even consider it the last time we were there 5+ years ago – before I got back hard into Tiki), but it’s gonna happen this time. Some other good tiki bars there too, and I’m looking forward to trying some Scotch and Irish Whiskeys too.

Latitude 29 Mai Tai

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Latitude 29 Mai Tai Had a little Christmas gift card money to spend and bought a bottle of Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum Agricole Vieux. This is the rum used in the Latitude 29 Mai Tai, one of my favorites of all time. I previously had the very lightly aged Clement Select Barrel and didn't find it particularly compelling. But after trying the unaged Clement Première Canne and liking it in cocktails, I thought I should give the rest of the Clement line more of a chance. I've been doing research for a Mai Tai project I'm working on, and came across the recommendation from Jeff "Beachbum" Berry to use this particular Clement expression, paired with my all-time favorite, Appleton 12. I must say this was an excellent Mai Tai. It doesn't hit all the rum notes that I generally prefer, but this was not "slumming" it all. A little bit lighter and lets the almond flavor of the Orgeat come through a bit more than with my regular mix of heavier Jamaican Mai Tai rums. Definitely a combo I'll put into rotation. Latitude 29 Mai Tai 1 oz Lime Juice 1 oz Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum Agricole Vieux 1 oz Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year 1/2 oz Orange Curacao (Ferrand) 1/2 oz Latitude 29 Orgeat 1/4 oz Sugar Syrup (BG Reynolds Demerara) More details on that special project coming very soon. Shoot me a note if you want to see a preview. #tiki #tikibar #tikidrinks #tikiculture #cocktails #craftcocktails #rum #rhum #maitai #1944maitai @rhumclement @appletonestateusa @latitude29nola

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Tiki Central 20th Anniversary Party at Forbidden Island

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Doc Parks 40th Anniversary Party Recap

Mai Tai Bar at Ala Moana Shopping Center to Close

VenTiki Visit

Finally made it out to Ventura to visit VenTiki Tiki Lounge & Lanai.

Palm Springs Summary

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Palm Springs Tiki Summary If you're looking for a tiki destination, Palm Springs has a little bit of everything, and the four tiki bars are all in close proximity. Each place has their own charms and good reasons to visit, and so your preference might depend on your taste, which aspects of the venue are most important, the location, or even some small details. I am developing a rating system based on these four criteria. Drinks: quality, variety, price, consistency Ambiance: Decor, immersiveness, seating, special features Service: Hours, ease of service, friendliness Tiki Aesthetic: Totems, Polynesian and/or Nautical theme, music Ultimate Mai Tai Tiki Bar Ratings: Bootlegger Tiki 7.5 Tonga Hut 6.75 The Reef 6.75 Toucans Tiki Lounge 5 Interesting, my ratings on Critiki were in the same order: Bootlegger Tiki 8 Tonga Hut 7.9 The Reef 7 Toucans Tiki Lounge 5.4 Overall, Bootlegger Tiki was my top choice. With a great immersive experience inside (if you can hang with an occasional classic rock number) and truly outstanding drinks, this place was my number one and compares well to fine tiki bars nationally. But Tonga Hut was pretty close, and most certainly is the best one to take those new to tiki bars. Drinks were fine to excellent and the centrally located venue has a high seating capacity, perfect music, and great decor. Plus they have some great food, too. Service issues held the rating down for me. The Reef is also a destination that every tikiphile should seek out. The friendly hotel bar vibe is truly relaxing and they too have fine food and great music. Drinks and decor elements were more uneven, hence the slightly lower rating. But with a group of people? This might be the most fun place for an evening of drinks. Lastly, Toucans Tiki Lounge is a nightclub with a tiki theme and so isn't essential for hardcore tiki people. But, you might have a fun time anyway. #tiki #tikibar #tikidrinks #tikiculture #cocktails #craftcocktails #rum #rhum #maitai #1944maitai #palmsprings

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For more details about Palm Springs, check out the page: Tiki Travels – Palm Springs.