The Mai Tai Cocktail, an alcoholic drink based on rum, Curacao and lime juice, was created in 1945 by Victor Bergeron (Trader Vic) at his Oakland, California restaurant, Trader Vic's. When he served his newly created, yet unnamed, drink to friends from Tahiti, they exclaimed, " Maitai roa ae!", which, in Tahitian, means, "out of this world! The best!". Thus, Bergeron's drink acquired it's, now famous name.