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Chinese Tiki Trader Vic's Pacific Island Cookbook

Pake Meatballs

From the Hong Kong section of Victor Bergeron’s Trader Vic’s Pacific Island Cookbook (1968), these Chinese-style pork meatballs are an excellent appetizer and cocktail accompaniment. Bergeron includes a beef version as well, however I feel that these exude a more Asian flavour profile. Ingredients 1 lb ground pork1/4 mushrooms, minced1 small can water chestnuts, drained …

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Steve’s Rum Barrel

I dare say, there’s more than touch of Don the Beachcomber’s influence in Steve’s Rum Barrel introduced onto the menu of Steve Crane’s Kon-Tiki restaurant chain in 1961. The signature blend of Angostura and Pernod is enough of a nod to recognize the original source material whoever concocted this libation was drawing from. Nevertheless, this …

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Mr. Bali Hai

‘Mr. Bali Hai’ is the specialty cocktail of the San Diego Bali Hai restaurant which serves them in their signature Mr. Bali Hai glass, a kind of ‘sad-eyed cannibal’ as Jeff Berry describes it. I’m not normally a fan of coffee flavoured cocktails but this one nails the proportions just right. Plus the pineapple juice …

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Yellow Boxer

The ‘Yellow Boxer,’ a tequila based Tiki cocktail from the Hemingway Tropical Cocktail Bar in Koln, Germany, circa 1981. Definitely situated within the margarita family, this cocktail stands out through its use of Galliano, an Italian herbal vanilla liqueur, which gives that indescribable quality I look for in a good Tiki drink. Another excellent tequila …

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Zombie (Aku Aku Version)

The drink that started it all. Don the Beachcomber’s “Zombie.” Originally created in 1934, the “Zombie” features all of Donn’s characteristic alchemical convolution. So convoluted and occult, in fact that it spawned countless variations by bartenders attempting to re-create the magic of the original. I initially tried all six variants featured in Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica! …

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Blue Hawaii

Created in 1957 by Harry Yee at Hilton’s Hawaiian Village, the ‘Blue Hawaii’ is the quintessential blue cocktail. Coincidentally, Harry Yee is also credited with creating the cocktail umbrella fad, thereby becoming the father of not one but two of the most maligned tropes of Tiki-dom. Hailing from the eponymous Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, …