11 October

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A Bartending Legend Left Us

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Mai Tai (Trader Vic's) Cocktail

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Gentleman bartender and gentleman scoundrel, one-legged rumour-monger and foul-mouthed Tiki deity, Victor Bergeron died on this day in 1984 – and a legend died with him.

"Trader Vic" was 81, and missed the 50th anniversary of his business empire by a matter of weeks - he had started Hinky Dink's on 17 November 1934. Vic once claimed that he'd do anything to get customers, including sticking an ice pick in his wooden leg, and his feud with Donn Beach is bartending legend. Yet he was also a sculptor, a painter, a jewellery designer, a fossils geek and an apostle of rum in all its marvellous variations. Trader Vic, we salute you.

We are toasting you with a Mai Tai - your own, of course.

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