mai tai

\ ˈmī-ˌtī How to pronounce mai tai (audio) \
plural mai tais

Definition of mai tai

: a cocktail made with rum, curaçao, orgeat, lime, and fruit juices

Examples of mai tai in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The outlook for a tasty mai tai ($14) at the bar was nothing short of sunny. Susanne Fowler,, "Bar hopping on Oahu in search of a tropical treasure: the best mai tai," 9 Dec. 2019 At the same time, Stuart evokes an era of languid afternoons on the lanai: mai tai in hand, ceiling fan circling slowly overhead. Nancy Moreland,, "Old Florida is alive and well in sunny Stuart, where the past won’t be forgotten," 29 Oct. 2019 For those who want to get into the aloha spirit but can’t spring for a quick trip to Oahu, the mai tai uses Cruzan rum and is loaded with fruity hints and a nice pucker that balances sweet with the sour. Chuck Blount,, "On the Rocks ready-made cocktails surprisingly tasty," 9 Oct. 2019 Islands Restaurants will celebrate the day with its signature mai tai cocktail. Carolina Gusman,, "San Diego restaurants burst 4th with Independence Day specials," 28 June 2018 Any of the mixed drinks, such as a mai tai or a pineapple mule, can be served in a frozen pineapple. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney’s Hawiian resort Aulani offers a melting pot of dining options," 8 June 2018 Though the menu changes often, the plate of honeycomb, Humboldt Fog cheese and apples is a staple, as is the mai tai, mixed with a macadamia nut orgeat syrup. Martha Cheng, WSJ, "3 Perfect Days on Kauai: The Quintessential Hawaiian Island," 21 Mar. 2018 The Tamarack Deck at Park 101 has added its version of a traditional mai tai to its cocktail program. Carolina Gusman,, "Watch out, Capt. Morgan — new double-aged rum invades San Diego's cocktail scene," 8 Mar. 2018 Rudisell plans a classic mai tai as well as contemporary takes on tiki-era drinks. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "20 best Indianapolis area restaurants opening in 2018," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of mai tai

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mai tai

Tahitian maitai good

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20 Jan 2020

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“Mai tai.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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