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The infamous Mai Tai court case
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Joined: Jun 16, 2013
Posts: 630
From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2013-10-03 2:40 pm   Permalink

My understanding (from Sippin Safari & Beachbum Berry Remixed) is:

Sun-Vac Corporation licenced the Don the Beachcomber name to put on their premixes, including a Mai Tai one. In 1970 Vic sued them & they settled out of court.

Hope that helps begin to answer your question TikiTacky!

Regarding the similarity of the Mai Tai Swizzle (1933), QB Cooler (1937) & & Mai Tai (1944):

Beachbum Berry Remixed says it best, regardless of anything else, Trader Vics recipe is the mai tai ~ it's the one that made the name famous.

It's been a while since I compared them, in order of preference, my Tiki+ app notes for the 3 say:

1 - Mai Tai - good, dependant on the rums ~ play around.
2 - Mai Tai Swizzle - Ok, like a fruitier sort of Mai Tai.
3 - QB Cooler - Ok, could be further tweaked.

IMO comparing the 3 is a bit like comparing a diaquiri / caprihna / ti punch or Pina Colada / Painkiller / Coconut - i.e. they have similarities & similar ingredients but they are different - try them all & then have what you fancy!

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