Unleash the Tropical Magic on National Mai Tai Day – Sip Your Way to Paradise!

Aloha, cocktail enthusiasts and tropical dreamers! Brace yourselves for the ultimate island getaway as we celebrate National Mai Tai Day on August 30th, 2023. The countdown has begun for this delightful occasion, and we have the perfect recipe to transport you to the sandy shores of Polynesia. Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or a curious novice, get ready to raise your glasses and savor the magic of the classic Mai Tai!

Mai Tai Mystique:

If you haven’t yet experienced the allure of a Mai Tai, you’re in for a treat! Created in the 1940s by the legendary tiki bartender Trader Vic, the Mai Tai’s origins are shrouded in mystery and controversy. Was it named after the phrase “Maita’i roa ae,” meaning “very good” in Tahitian, or perhaps after one of Trader Vic’s friends exclaimed, “Mai Tai – Roa Ae!” after tasting it? Regardless, this tropical elixir boasts a mix of rum, lime, orgeat syrup, and orange liqueur, which together conjure a mesmerizing blend of sweet, sour, and nutty flavors.

The Classic Mai Tai Recipe:


  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ oz orange liqueur (e.g., triple sec)
  • ½ oz orgeat syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel and mint sprig for garnish


  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add both types of rum, lime juice, orange liqueur, and orgeat syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake the mixture vigorously until chilled.
  4. Strain the concoction into a glass filled with crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of fresh mint for that picture-perfect island vibe.

Tropical Twists and Creativity:

While the classic Mai Tai recipe is a treasure on its own, don’t hesitate to experiment and add your personal touch! Swap the rums for different varieties to play with flavors, or infuse the orgeat syrup with exotic ingredients like coconut or pineapple. For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the rum and revel in the refreshing taste of the virgin Mai Tai.

Celebrate Responsibly:

As we embark on this tropical journey, it’s essential to remember to celebrate responsibly. National Mai Tai Day is about enjoyment, relaxation, and sharing great times with friends, so let’s raise our glasses, clink, and savor the moment without overindulging.


Let’s come together to honor National Mai Tai Day and embrace the spirit of the tropics. Whether you’re sipping solo or hosting a luau-themed gathering with loved ones, the classic Mai Tai is the ultimate drink to get you in the island mood. So mark your calendars, stock up on ingredients, and get ready to embark on a flavor-packed journey to paradise with every sip! Cheers to National Mai Tai Day!