mai tai

noun
\ 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 rum drinks at Obispo were simple and unadorned, with nary a mai tai in sight. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "SF bar star Thad Vogler permanently closes 3 of his 4 ambitious restaurants," 9 Sep. 2020 The drinks menu has a mai tai and a tropical cocktail theme. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Sidecar NOLA Patio & Oyster Bar now open in the Warehouse District," 18 Aug. 2020 Take the mai tai, for example, which was invented by Victor Bergeron, better known as Trader Vic, in the 1940s. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Mai Tai one on for National Rum Day," 13 Aug. 2020 Hula’s Modern Tiki Enjoy happy hour drink prices from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., including $6 Hawaii 5-0s, Dark & Stormys, lilikoi margaritas and the signature mai tai. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "21 metro Phoenix restaurants with deals and specials for 4th of July," 29 June 2020 Also on the menu are a few classic tropical drinks including a mai tai and a mojito. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Sobre Mesa cocktail lounge to bring Afro-Latino flavors to Uptown Oakland on March 5," 25 Feb. 2020 Hyatt Regency Maui’s traditional mai tai recipe calls for two ounces of light rum, one ounce of dark rum, three ounces of pineapple juice, one ounce of orange Curaçao, two teaspoons of orgeat syrup, and two ounces of sweet and sour mix. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "Hawaii Is Only As Far As Your Living Room With This At-home Luau," 7 Apr. 2020 Whether your goal is to stir up a quick after-work gimlet, to perfect your Sazerac or to master the classic mai tai, each of these books will help build your cocktail crafting. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "3 new cocktail books for home bartenders of all ability levels, from basic to master," 31 Oct. 2019 The outlook for a tasty mai tai ($14) at the bar was nothing short of sunny. Susanne Fowler, chicagotribune.com, "Bar hopping on Oahu in search of a tropical treasure: the best mai tai," 9 Dec. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mai%20tai. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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