Every day across this great nation and around the globe Mai Tais are lovingly lapped, sensuously sipped and gleefully gulped. But on June 30, 2011, global Mai Tai consumption skyrocketed. That’s because a wonderful cocktail-oriented blog called A History of Drinking declared June 30 to be National Mai Tai Day in a post that quickly went viral.
Funny thing about the Internet though: Occasionally someone gets it wrong. And after doing some digging, it became clear that the origins for this particular holiday – at least this particular holiday on this particular date – are unknown.
Ask the community over at Tiki Central when National Mai Tai Day is and they’ll tell you it’s August 30, which makes a whole lot more sense because:
As far as we’re concerned, August 30 is the real National Mai Tai day (and anyone who says it isn’t is a dirty stinker). But our hope is that this debate isn’t laid to rest without a good fight because, when it comes to the Mai Tai, controversy is part of the allure. Worst case, we’re stuck celebrating this amazing cocktail twice a year indefinitely.
Remember how last week we got together with a bunch of the best bars in Portland and unofficially declared August as Tiki Month in our fair city? Well today Mayor Adams (along with his prestigious posse which included State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Diane McKeel) stopped by for the grand opening and officially made it official. View the official proclamation itself by clicking here. Also, here are a few shots of the momentous occasion.