Was it Trader Vic or Don the Beachcomber who created the best-selling tiki cocktail the Mai Tai? It’s one of the great drinks debates, but no matter who came up with this recipe, we can all agree that it’s delicious. 

On this episode of Fix Me a Drink, award-winning hosts David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum discuss the origins of the Mai Tai, including its first write-up in print and its role in mid-century cocktail culture. For this spirited discussion, they are joined by Shannon Mustipher, an award-winning bartender and author of Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails. 

Mix up a Mai Tai and enjoy this new episode of Fix Me a Drink! Cheers!



Mai Tai

Created by Trader Vic



  • 2 oz Jamaican rum (the older the better) 
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • .5 oz Orange curaçao
  • .5 oz Orgeat syrup
  • .25 oz Simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part sugar), optional

Garnish: Lime shell and a mint sprig
Glass: Double Old-Fashioned



Add all of the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a double Old-Fashioned glass. Garish with a lime shell and mint sprig.

Fix Me a Drink is hosted by Flaviar’s resident liquor experts Noah Rothbaum and David Wondrich. On each episode, the award-winning duo enjoys a delicious drink while uncovering lost liquor history, exploring modern cocktail culture and interviewing an incredible array of spirited guests. So fix yourself a drink and enjoy the show! 

Please drink responsibly.

Podcast Editor Alex Skjong.