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Cocktails Intoxica! Tiki

Lei Lani Volcano

Originating from Disney World’s ‘Polynesian Village Resort,’ circa 1970s. The Polynesian Village Resort still exists to this day, although I have never been there myself. I really enjoyed this cocktail. It combines two tropical ingredients that are surprisingly not incredibly common in the world of Tiki drinks: Guava and Coconut Rum. They make a beautiful …

Cocktails Intoxica! Tiki

Tradewinds

Beachbum Berry lists this recipe as a Caribbean cocktail from the 1970s. I would be curious to find out more about the origin of this wonderful concoction but regardless, this is one good drink. A rich coconut cream gives this cocktail a wonderful body and the apricot brandy provides that unique twist that every good …

Cocktails Intoxica! Tiki

Jungle Bird

The “Jungle Bird,” circa 1978 from the Kuala Lumpur Hilton’s Aviary Bar. Certainly one of the most idiosyncratic cocktails of the original Tiki generation–utilizing the potent Italian bitter aperitivo Campari–but, on reflection, a rather logical deduction. Campari being a kind of amalgamation of two popular Tiki ingredients: grapefruit and grenadine. Campari is a divisive flavour …

Cocktails Intoxica! Tiki

Oahu Gin Sling

The ‘Oahu Gin Sling,’ originally featured in Playboy Magazine circa 1970s is a wonderfully bubbly concoction that blends gin, lime juice and creme de cassis for a refreshing yet complex tropical-styled drink. Credited to Thomas Mario (aka Sidney Aptekar) the food and drink editor at Playboy Magazine during its golden age. He published a series …

Cocktails Grog Log Tiki

Painkiller

Invented in the 1970s at The Soggy Dollar Bar on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, it would be fair to label the Painkiller cocktail as progeny of the famous PiƱa Colada that pre-dates it by over a century. However, as is so often the case with Tiki cocktails, the …

Cocktails Grog Log Tiki

Mai Tai (Trader Vic Version)

The Mai Tai by Trader Vic. Undeniably one of the most iconic Tiki cocktails ever invented. Deceptively simple, the Mai Tai just has that X factor that keeps you coming back for more. Without a doubt, thanks to the subtle underpinning of almond orgeat laced throughout. From my experience, Victor Bergeron’s mixological genius was in …

Grog Log Tiki

Colonel Beach’s Plantation Punch

Colonel Beach’s Plantation Punch from Beachbum Berry’s Tiki retrospective Grog Log (1998). This late era concoction by Donn Beach dates back to his Waikiki years in the 1950s. It is also one of the few carbonated cocktails I have chosen to highlight from the Grog Log, utilizing the spicy Jamaican ginger beer. I am a …

Cocktails Grog Log Tiki

Beachcomber’s Punch

One of the true pioneer cocktails, this recipe for “Beachcomber’s Punch” dates all the way to the creation of Don the Beachcomber’s in 1930s Hollywood. Considering that, this punch is packed with a surprising amount to finesse and complexity. Featuring Don’s signature secret formula of Pernod and Angostura and enhanced with apricot brandy, it is …