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Trader Vic's Mai Tai


In 1944 after success with several exotic drinks, a bit of serendipity happened that would not only place trader Vic at the forefront of cocktail mixology, but would also earn him a place in history. That day in Oakland, the trader pulled down a bottle of Jamaican rum, added a squeeze of lime, a dash of rock candy syrup, a splash of orange curacao, some French orgeat, and poured the concoction over cracked ice. He handed to a friend visiting from Tahiti who immediately exclaimed, "It's Mai tai roa ae!" (Tahitian for "out of this world the best"), and the first Mai Tai was born-paradise in a glass

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