3012Re: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Need Help Finding.............
- Jul 1, 2002Thanks Keith.....I guess I was wrong (the book is in the basement awaiting
final construction of my IKEA bookcases) but I thought Vic conceded to Don.
Anyway, interesting news.
I'll think I'll go make myself one. Excuse me....
----- Original Message -----
From: "keith2draw" <keith2draw@...>
Sent: Monday, July 01, 2002 8:16 PM
Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Need Help Finding.............
> Hi Nelson
> Here's one take on the situation:
> Harry Yee, King of Tropical Cocktails
> by Rick Carroll
> So Who Made The Mai Tai?
> The Mai Tai, bright as a tropical moon, smooth as summer surf, rich
> as old Lurline passengers, is one of Hawaii's favorite tropical
> drinks. One sip and it's paradise. The Mai Tai is Polynesian in
> origin-the word is Tahitian for good-although who exactly created the
> classic drink remains a great mystery.
> The late Vic Bergeron, creator of Trader Vic's restaurants, claimed
> he invented the drink in 1944 in Oakland, California.
> "There's been a lot of conversation over the beginning of the Mai
> Tai. And I want to get the record straight. I originated the Mai Tai.
> Many others have claimed credit. Some claim it originated in Tahiti.
> All this aggravates my ulcer completely. Anyone who says I didn't
> create this drink is a dirty stinker."
> The late Don (Don The Beachcomber) Beach told me that he, not Trader
> Vic, invented the drink at his Hollywood establishment in 1932, but
> named it the QB Cooler after the QB Flight Squadron of World War II.
> Maybe so, but thje QB Cooler never attained legendary status. Since
> both Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic are gone I asked Harry Yee.
> He thinks Trader Vic invented the Mai Tai, and so do I.
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