Louisiana native Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt opened a bar named Don the Beachcomber back in 1934 after being inspired by his travels in the South Pacific. The bar was a tropical-themed bar and restaurant in Hollywood, California, complete with flaming tiki torches and rattan furniture. The drinks menu was potent and rum centric.
MOST POPULAR TIKI COCKTAILS
Here are 11 of the most popular tiki cocktails that you need to try! One of my favourite’s being the original Trader Vic Mai Tai which calls for Amber rum and a dark Jamaican rum balanced with fresh lime and orgeat. It’s heavy on the rum (like most tiki cocktails!) and full of flavour.
If you are a lover of Campari and bitter flavours then you need to try the tiki-esque cocktail, the Jungle Bird. A unique tiki style cocktail that was first created in the 1970s in Kuala Lumpur at the Aviary bar in Kuala Lumpur, this tropical concoction combines a delicious mix of dark rum, Campari and fruit juices.
Of course there are a number of other worthy tiki cocktails that aren’t mentioned below – including the Zombie and Singapore Sling!
OUR TIKI COCKTAIL FAVOURITES
Here are some essential tiki tools to get you mixing – starting with the ultimate tiki resource of all time, Smuggler’s Cove. It’s literally THE tiki book. Tiki history, tips and over 100 recipes written by the owners of the most acclaimed tiki bar of the modern era.
Grab your mallet, get crushing and knock out some of these tasty tiki cocktails.