Mai Tai is Tahitian for – “The Best – or Out of this World.” This drink became famous in the l950’s. I had my first sip at Trader Vic’s in San Francisco and have loved this cocktail ever since. There is some controversy about who actually invented it.
My mouth is watering just writing about it. I can hardly wait until May to return to Hawaii. Besides spending a week in Kauai, I am joining the IFWTWA Annual Conference in Oahu and then on to other islands, thanks to the efforts of Maralyn and Michelle and their team.
I dream of  Hawaii’s spirited people, ancient history, exotic flowers, sweet music, wild surf, fresh mahi mahi and taste-tempting pineapple Mai Tai’s. There are many recipes for this libation. Here is my Mai Tai.
Hawaiian Mai Tai
1 ounce light rum
1 ounce dark rum
1 ounce sweet and sour mix
1 ounce pineapple juice
Splashes or Orange Curacao
Splash Orgeat Syrup
Fresh pineapple wedge for garnish
Mix together and serve in a tall glass over ice.
You can change or add to the garnish with a lime, lemon or orange wedge, a cherry or one of those cute paper umbrellas.
I use the original Sailor Jerry spiced rum (92 proof) for my dark Caribbean rum.
If you are in San Diego, experience the world famous Mai Tai at Bali Hai on Shelter Island.
Try only one at happy hour.
Okole Maluna….Cheers!

Brenda C. Hill