There’s some debate about who invented the first Mai Tai. Victor J. Bergeron, aka Trader Vic and founder of the tiki bar of the same name, claims to have invented the rum cocktail in 1944. He made the drink for his friends from Tahiti, who were visiting his original outpost in Oakland, California. As the story goes, after tasting his concoction, one of his friends said, “Maita’i roa ae,” which translates to “the best,” and the name Mai Tai was born. Don the Beachcomber disputes this invention, arguing that the Mai Tai is based on his own libation, the Q.B. Cooler, invented in 1933.