Top Five Tiki Drinks | How to Drink

Escape the confines of your quarantine with these five tiki drinks, little vacations in a glass!

Tiki, as a midcentury American bar phenomenon, has always been about pretending to be someplace you aren’t. And since we’re all stuck indoors this holiday weekend, I felt like it was a great time to talk about tiki drinks, and introduce you to a few of my favorites. As I say in the video, Tiki is a weird thing. Yes, Tiki borrows heavily from the very real cultures of the Pacific Islanders, but the version of tiki I’m talking about here is a saccharine fiberglass molded ersatz Walt Disney Studios post war rumpus room invention that has more in common with golf carts and canapés than it does with island vistas and active volcanos. I think it’s important to draw that distinction, and I hope I do it well in the video. By and large these drinks do. not come from, or have any relationship to, the cultures they’re appropriating, and that can easily be problematic, BUT, I like to think that if you have that awareness you can use bar tiki as a doorway to curiosity and interest and learn the real histories of these real people.

These are all drinks I made on the show previously, but i’m dusting them off here and updating the recipes I used back then a bit, and hopefully introducing some new viewers to the delicious fantastic drinks that bear the name “Tiki”.

There’s an image in this episode I inadvertently snagged via google image search from @Distinguished Spirits video where he took currently available Wray & Nephew and aged it up, it’s good stuff! You should check it out here:

Mai Tai
.5 oz. -or- 15 ml. Orgeat
1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Lime Juice
.5 oz. -or- 15 ml. Curaçao
.5 oz. -or- 15 ml. Simple Syrup
1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Jamaican Rum
1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Demerara Rum
Shake over crushed ice
open pour into double rocks glass
Garnish with sprig of mint and overturned lime half

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