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The mai tai is the iconic tiki drink and has dominated cocktail menus since the 1940s. As rum cocktails go, it’s fruity, unabashedly tropical, and packs a heftier wallop than its carefree cousin, the daiquiri. Though it may be synonymous with Hawaiian backdrops and Polynesian flavors, the mai tai cocktail is said to have originated at Trader Vic’s in Oakland, California in 1944—ground-zero for much of the tiki canon you still see today.