But what exactly is a ‘Tiki Cocktail’?
Tiki Cocktails are typically rum based drinks. They’re exotic in flavour, colourful, fruity and often have extreme garnishes too. Although they conjure up images of Hawaii a lot of them were created in California in the 1930s and 40s.
The tiki theme has seen a resurgence recently although there’s at least 2 classics that never really go out of fashion.
But what are the best tiki cocktails to serve at your tropical bar?
Mojito. Cuba’s oldest cocktail is refreshing and perfect for those summer days. This long minty rum drink is one of the most popular cocktails in the world, and for good reason.
Singapore Sling. The Singapore Sling is believed to have been created as early as 1899. Although the name appears to have changed along the way. This is a complex but balanced drink with a good serving of gin to add a kick.
Mai Tai. Rum, citrus and almond combine in this classic tiki drink. The Mai Tai is a vintage cocktail and has been enjoyed consistently throughout the years.
Pina Colada. Late to the party and not mentioned in cocktail books until the 1960s the Pina Colada translates into “strained pineapple”. Combined with coconut and rum to give it it’s distinctive flavour.
Sex on the Beach. A true 80s cocktail, combining peach, cranberry and pineapple.
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