Celebrate National Mai Tai Day at Ruth’s Chris

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As National Mai Tai Day approaches on June 30th, we felt it befitting to share with you the history of this legendary tropical cocktail!

The history of the Mai Tai is shrouded in mystery and controversy. While you may find it easy to believe that this tropical libation was created in Hawaii, the most widely accepted history of the Mai Tai traces its roots back to Oakland, California.

The story goes that the legendary Victor Bergeron (you may know him as Trader Vic) shook this cocktail up for some friends who were visiting from Tahiti in 1944. Consisting of dark rum, orange curacao, orgeat syrup and fresh lime juice, the cocktail immediately wowed his visitors. As his friends took a sip of the drink, one of them exclaimed, “Maita’i roa ae!” which translates to “out of this world!”

There are, of course, other stories about the history of the Mai Tai. Don the Beachcomber, the well-known founding father of the Tiki restaurant craze in the 1940’s and 1950’s, claimed a stake in creating the Mai Tai. His version is a bit different from Trader Vic’s, using Falernum (a Caribbean-spiced liqueur) instead of orgeat syrup and adding grapefruit juice and a dash of bitters. It is even said that Don’s recipe dates back to 1933, over a decade before Trader Vic’s was created.

Whichever recipe you enjoy more, make sure to stop by your favorite Ruth’s Chris Steak House Hawaii location on June 30th for National Mai Tai Day! Our Head Mixologist, Daniel Bruce, has crafted his own unique twist on the Mai Tia with the Kokoleka Tai.

This delicious cocktail features Hawaiian-made Kohana Agricole Rum, amaretto, dry curacao, local honey and pineapple juice, garnished with a macadamia-chocolate salt rim! We’ll be shaking this cocktail up all night long on June 30th and serving it for just $12 in celebration of National Mai Tai Day!

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