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 This is certainly the best place on the property to hide from the hot sun and enjoy a mai tai with a side of sweeping ocean vistas (and stunning sunsets in the evenings). Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 8 Feb. 2022 In a year where travel was still limited, Americans channeled beach vibes at home and made mai tai cocktails a breakout search term. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2022 The oceanside Hiro's Ohana Grill makes a tasty mai tai and serves fresh seafood specials every day. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 28 Dec. 2021 Cocktails run to classics popular in the '60s, including mai tai, vesper, rye Manhattan and sidecar cocktails. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Dec. 2021 Having a bottle or two of orgeat on hand means an iconic mai tai or a warming Amaro cocktail is only a trip to the liquor store away. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 10 Aug. 2021 Aloha and welcome to paradise, provided your idea of paradise is a weak mai tai to wash down a diffuse sense of festering despondency. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 11 July 2021 Noel and Food Editor Ariel Cheung sipped a sampling of them to find out which stood out among the mule, margarita and mai tai offerings. Raquel Zaldivar,, 6 July 2021 Far from the hotels, mai tai bars and tourists at Waikiki in Honolulu, Greg Noll sat on his surfboard beyond the frothy waves and considered his fate. Steve Marble, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 See More

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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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“Mai tai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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