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Mai Tai mix at the grocery store
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 29, 2004
Posts: 184
From: Command Records International HQ
Posted: 2004-05-20 2:36 pm   Permalink

Yeah, middle eastern groceries are often a good place to look if you can't find something--you'd really be surprised! I needed some passion fruit syrup and didn't have time to order any from Trader Vic's, so I looked at an Indian grocery and behold! I found some that turned out to be actually pretty good! It contained real juice and pectin and not a whole lot of crap!

Actually, as far as mixes go, I'd like to get my mitts on some Trader Vic Mai Tai Concentrate--not Mai Tai Mix like you can order online--but the stuff they use at the restaurants, which tastes a lot better.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 15, 2004
Posts: 490
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2004-05-29 7:43 pm   Permalink

On 2004-01-12 13:06, TikiHula wrote:

Hey Humuhumu, I didn't know you've been drinking Mai Tais since you were a kid... me too!!


Sounds like a new subject/thread:
When was your first drink?
Me, I started with Primo at age 12.
Just an experiement.
Dad said here, son. This'll put lead in yer pencil.
First maiTai, age 14: Dad said: Here, son; this'll put hair on yer chest!
Then when old enuff to look as if i drink, at about 16 or so, (since Hawaii had a legal minimum at 18), it was pina coladas, Blue Hawaiians and one dollah maitais each and every nite! and the ubiquitous Primo during the day at Waikiki.....

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Joined: Jun 20, 2004
Posts: 5
Posted: 2004-06-20 03:58 am   Permalink

I buy the cheap Mai Tai mix from .99 Cent Little Bucks for 99 cents a bottle. I then use it to make frozen Mai Tais in a blender. Add light Rum and Grenadine to the ice and Mai Tai mix, makes a great drink.

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the wayward one

Joined: Apr 29, 2004
Posts: 10
From: Virginia
Posted: 2004-07-09 9:57 pm   Permalink


On 2004-05-20 09:36, Iolani wrote:
Yes, Quince, hand-mixed are waaaaay better, but I'm a lazy bugguh! After a long day at work and a tough workout, sometimes a mix is the way to go.

I find this funny: in northern Virginia, the only place I know of that sells Trader Vic's mai tai mix is a middle eastern grocery. It is kind of funny to get my TV Mai Tai mix right down the aisle from the hookahs and shisha and "allahu akbar" tapestries. All a man could need!


if you went to the Honolulu Restaurant, you might be pleased to know that you can buy David chan's mai tai mix through their website
http://www.time2tiki.com . Best mai tai mix i've tasted. ( I have no affiliation with the restaurant, etc. it's just a great mix)

The wayward one

ps. where is the middle eastern grocery?

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Olaf Nordstrom

Joined: Jul 21, 2004
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From: Sunny SoCal
Posted: 2004-07-21 5:26 pm   Permalink

The real thing is too easy to make. I keep a botle of Trader Vic's on hand for those rare times when I am too loaded to find the limes!

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Satan's Sin
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Joined: Jun 13, 2004
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From: Imperial Beach, CA
Posted: 2004-07-21 5:36 pm   Permalink

Do they have diet Mai Tai mix ... ?

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 20, 2004
Posts: 200
Posted: 2004-07-22 12:30 pm   Permalink

Yes the Mr and Mrs T stuff has been out, at least in Southern Cali, for several years now. If you haven't tried it, don't even bother. It's a bland syrup mess. You might as well pour rum in Aunt Jamima syrup and serve over your pancakes. The Trader Vics is okay at best. Fresh limes is the key to cutting through the sweetness of it. And I find that it's better to add lime to taste. I often find one isn't enough. A solid ounce and a half is a good place to start. It is true that the best Mai Tais are hand made, but if you're entertaining a bunch of guests, it's great. And if you're ashamed that you're using a mix, just rip the lable off and tell everyone that it's your secret blend. Cheers!

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Rum Balls
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Joined: Oct 04, 2004
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From: Da Big Island
Posted: 2004-10-06 9:49 pm   Permalink

Hand-made is the best, but Trader Vic's Mai Tai mix does come in handy when you're camping. I brought it along several times this past summer, and I didn't have to also bring bottles of curacao, orgeat and simple syrup. Plus you can also use the mix to make non-alcoholic Mai Tais...a big hit with the kids. Up here in the Northwest, Safeway is carrying it.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 31, 2002
Posts: 1528
From: MD
Posted: 2004-10-12 10:14 pm   Permalink

I also discovered TV's Mai Tai mix at a local Safeway (thanks Turbogod!) and I found it to be good in a pinch or in a bought of laziness! I also found that when served to those unaccustomed to strong drinks it went over pretty well! Personally I love an authentic Mai Tai but when I serve them to guests they look as if they'd been served gasoline! The mix makes a sweeter Mai Tai and was even a big hit with my mother-in-law who even waters down beer with 7-Up.

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Surf Seal
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Joined: Jul 08, 2004
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From: Seal Beach, CA
Posted: 2004-10-17 10:59 pm   Permalink

I used to get the ready-mixed Trader Vic's Mai Tai at Trader Joe's, here in LA. You didn't have to add anything at all -- the rum was already in it. It was great way to save time mixing drinks at parties, but Trader Joe's said no one was buying it so they don't order it anymore. I've called everywhere to find it. Trader Vic's told me who licensed it from them, and made it for them, but when I called the guy he never returned my call.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 29, 2002
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2004-10-18 02:26 am   Permalink

I hear ya Surf Seal. I picked up that TV Mai Tai in a bottle three or four times at the Trader Joes here in San Diego, but one day it just disappeared never to be seen again. On a happier note though, I painstakingly built myself a Mai Tai this afternoon from all the correct ingredients I could lay my hands on following the original Trader Vic's formula (w/ the exception of bar syrup for rock candy syrup) and it rocked.

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Surf Seal
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Joined: Jul 08, 2004
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From: Seal Beach, CA
Posted: 2004-10-18 2:22 pm   Permalink

Shipwreckjoey, I suppose it is better to slow down your drinking by mixing your Mai Tai from scratch anyway. The pre-mixed stuff was making it way too convenient.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Sep 09, 2003
Posts: 82
From: The Exotic Isle of Mar "Maryland"
Posted: 2005-05-14 9:51 pm   Permalink

Yikes, No TV Mai Tai mix at my safeway anymore! I have checked three weeks now and not to be found.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 4040
From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2005-05-15 9:35 pm   Permalink

Here is a good story, I went to Trader Vic's with my husband last week. we had some mai tais which were just great. Ben the bartender was talking to us all night, he has been there since 1970. Anyways when we were ready to leave he gave me a bottle of Trader Vic's original formula Mai Tai Consentrate which is for professional use only so it says on the bottle.Ben told me to follow the instructions and I should have a great drink just like his... It is dark brown in color and a little thick.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Apr 29, 2004
Posts: 56
Posted: 2005-05-16 09:01 am   Permalink

What a cool thing! Gen-u-wine TV Mai-TAi mix.
Please, please, please post the instructions, ingredient list other info etc from the label. Also, look, sniff, swirl, taste etc. Please let us experience this stuff vicariously!

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