The Mai Tai was invented by Donn Beach for his tropical-themed Don the Beachcomber restaurants in Los Angeles. Mr Beach (born Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt) invented the tiki culture with his restaurant and his invention of colorful tropical-themed rum punches served as cocktails. Immediately upon the success of Don the Beachcomber came Vic Bergeron's Trader Vic's restaurants; the competition led to ever more thrilling cocktailian adventures in tiki-land.
- Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice.
- Serve over ice.
- Garnish with tropical panache.