THE ORIGIN OF THE MAI TAI DRINK
One evening in the late 1800’s a group of distinguished visitors from England were sitting in a tavern near the Iolani Palace in Honolulu. They were enjoying a delicious rum and pineapple juice concoction when one of the gentlemen accidentally dipped the tip of his neck tie into the glass. Upon noticing his faux pas the man exclaimed to the group, “Look what I’ve done to my tie”. Not wanting their friend to be alone in his embarrassment, the other men at the table all dipped their ties into the drinks. It was decided by the group that from now on, at least to them, the tropical libation would be know as the “My Tie”. The name caught on and evermore would be recognized as the most popular drink in Hawaii, the Mai Tai.