king's mai tai

How to Make a King’s Mai Tai

Many people believe the Mai Tai is a Hawaiian cocktail because of its tropical nature and typical little, paper umbrella garnish. Believe it or not, this tiki cocktail was actually created in Oakland, California in 1944! Victor J. Bergeron first made a Mai Tai at Trader Vic’s for some friends visiting from Tahiti. When one of Victor’s friends tried his concoction, they exclaimed, “Maita’i roa ae!” translating to, “Out of this world!” That’s how the drink became the Mai Tai.

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There is, of course a rivaling story… Don the Beachcomber, founding father of tiki restaurants, claims he invented the Mai Tai back in 1933! Unfortunately, there aren’t any Don the Beachcombers left today, but there are plenty of Trader Vic’s surviving and thriving, which is why they usually get credit for the Mai Tai. We can’t be too sure what really went down back in the 30s and 40s, but one thing we know for sure, SKY Waikiki has a new and improved twist on this classic tiki cocktail.


This revitalized Mai Tai is called the King’s Mai Tai and, today, we’re spilling the beans (or should we say, liquors) and teaching you how it’s made in just 5 easy steps! If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new version of this classic cocktail, or to show off your amazing and totally impressive mixology skills to someone special, read on! This also makes for a cool and extremely relevant party trick.



Our version at SKY Waikiki is a simple variation of a classic Mai Tai, where we use blended scotch instead of a rum.


First, take 2oz of the blended scotch. We’re using Johnnie Walker Red Label, but you can use any blended scotch you like.


Then add 0.5oz of Orgeat (you can make your own if you’re so inclined), triple sec, the freshest lime juice you’ve got, and egg whites! The egg whites help to add fluff and more froth to the drink.


Next, do a quick whip shake! A whip shake is just shaking with pebble ice (the kind of ice they give you at Sonic) instead of cubed ice, and strain it out.


Then, we’re going to do a reverse dry shake. This is just shaking it in reverse, with no ice (get it, dry shake…) and this adds even more frothiness to the drink.


Lastly, you’re going to strain it out into your glass and garnish it with some freshly grated nutmeg.


And voila! Your King’s Mai Tai is ready to be served and is sure to impress whoever you’re giving it to, or yourself. Impressing yourself is pretty important too.