Trader Vic's Emeryville to Serve 44-cent Mai Tais
The price honors 1944, the year in which Mai Tais were invented ... in Oakland.
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On Wednesday, August 30, Trader Vic's Emeryville will celebrate what it calls "the true National Mai Tai Day" by offering each adult guest his or her first Mai Tai of the evening for ony 44 cents -- commemorating 1944, the year during which globe-trotting restaurateur Victor "The Trader" Bergeron invented this iconic, bittersweet, citrusy cocktail.
As Bergeron himself wrote:
"Let's get the record straight. ... I originated the Mai Tai.
"In 1944, after success with several exotic rum drinks, I felt a new drink was needed. I was at the service bar in my Oakland restaurant. I took down a bottle of 17-year old Jamaican J. Wray Nephew rum, added fresh lime, some Orange Curacao from Holland, a dash of Rock Candy syrup, and a dollop of French Orgeat, for its subtle flavor. A generous amount of shaved ice and vigorous shaking by hand produced the marriage I was after.
"Half the lime shell went in for color ... I stuck in a branch of fresh mint and gave two of them to Ham and Carrie Guild, friends from Taihiti, who were there that night.
"Carrie took one sip and said, 'Mai tai -- roa ae.' In Tahitian this means 'Out of this world -- the best.'
"Well, that was that. I named the drink Mai Tai."
From 4 p.m. to closing on August 30, Trader Vic's Emeryville will also feature live music, additional drink specials, and island bites such as Crab Rangoons, tuna poké, and barbecued ribs.