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

Examples of mai tai in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wash it all down with a signature Merriman's mai tai. Snorkel (or look for whales) from an outrigger canoe. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2024 Or put it toward a warm spiced chai, a bright Dark ‘n’ Stormy, or in a tropical mai tai. Inés Anguiano, Bon Appétit, 15 Nov. 2023 The mai tai was created in 1944 at a Trader Vic’s restaurant in Oakland across the bay. Janie Har, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2023 These were places to go to for a Club Med–like experience, a mai tai by the pool, and not much else. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 4 June 2023 When hunger strikes, a platter of seafood and a mai tai with views of the Indian River is just the thing. Jared Ranahan, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2023 How Hawaiian bartenders are reclaiming the mai tai. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 15 May 2023 Characters drink alcohol out of red cups at a party, and one of the band members has a mai tai. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 13 May 2023 Shipwreck Bar’s mai tai is named for the resort’s OG bartender, Conrad, and rumor has it, the nearly lethal original recipe had seven-and-a-half ounces of booze. Maya Kachroo-Levine, Travel + Leisure, 27 July 2023 See More

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Word History


Tahitian maitai good

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mai tai was in 1961

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Cite this Entry

“Mai tai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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