Think "tropical beach vacay" and likely what comes to mind is toes in the sand with an umbrella-clad drink in hand. Think Hawaii and that drink is probably a Mai Tai. Back in the 1960s, when the tiki craze was at its zenith, the Mai Tai was basically shorthand for the Aloha State, rivaled only by Hawaii 5-0 and Don Ho. Now, tiki is back in a big way, and Mai Tais have never tasted so good.
Here's what to know about this storied cocktail and a few to try if you find yourself in Hawaii. (If not, don't worry — we've got a recipe, so you can have tiki time wherever you are.)