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While there is some debate over where the Mai Tai was created, most believe it was concocted by Victor J. Bergeron, a.k.a. Trader Vic in Oakland in 1944. After his Tahitian friend tasted his blend of Jamaican rum, triple sec, lime juice, and orgeat syrup, he exclaimed "“Maita’i roa e!“ which translates to "very good." We agree—the tiki-bar must-haves are indeed that! Get therecipe.