The concept of Tiki cocktails has radically transformed in recent years. The over-the-top sugar bombs of yesteryear have been replaced with a more sophisticated drink, one that’s well-balanced and rum-forward and yet still evokes everything you love about beach vacations. Best of all, we got to keep the kitchy glasses.
We tapped our DrinkWire contributors to see what original Tiki cocktails they would come up with. These are five recipes worth saving.
Banana Daiquiri lovers, listen up, because this is about to become your new favorite cocktail. With a nod to the fact that you can enjoy Tiki any time of year, the Invisible Skier’s secret ingredient is in the banana nut bread syrup. It gives the drink that nutty sweetness we all love in Tiki drinks and is actually made from tea. Plus, it’s vegan since it uses almond milk as the base.
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Rhum agricole is getting a lot of buzz these days with its rise in popularity. But how does it differ from other rums, and do you need to treat it differently in cocktails? Think of it like rum’s earthy, more funky cousin. It’s made from fresh-pressed sugar cane juice instead of molasses and tastes grassier and less sweet. Rhum agricole adds a whole new dimension to your drink, especially when mixed with tequila in this Tiki drink.
Another one for the banana lovers out there, the Banana Stand uses two types of rum as well as banana liqueur as its base. A hefty dose of coconut cream gives it that smooth richness you love from a Piña Colada, and lime and a bit of allspice dram rounds it out. With classic Tiki flavors, it’s hard to go wrong.
The anatomy of a perfect Tiki drink usually comes down to the inclusion of a few essential ingredients. You’d be remiss to find one without either rum, fruit juices and orgeat, and luckily this cocktail has all three. The Tidel IX gets a little bourbon as well, because what doesn’t get better with bourbon?Continue to 5 of 5 below.
When you hear Tiki, you immediately expect rum and lots of fruit juices. But Tiki doesn’t always have to be that way. The Rambler’s Ruby gets its kick from both gin and mezcal and will have you totally rethinking everything you thought you knew about Tiki cocktails.