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An Easy List of 178 (Modern) Classics to Know – 2016 Edition



What is “Tiki” anyway? There’s lots of ways to answer that question, but, for me, a Tiki drink is one that blends lots of syrups, juices, and spirits (usually rums) to make a cocktail that is (usually) rich, boozy, and fun. Tiki drinks and Tiki culture have a strong cult following, and so the category is always a center for hot debate within the bar community. Lots of secrecy surrounds Tiki recipes and Tiki lore, and so I expect that this page of recipes will attract a lot of debate. But regardless, here are seven Tiki recipes that I think everyone should know.

You will notice that most Tiki drinks are served on crushed or cracked ice. This is because they contain so much juice and syrup. These cocktails are extremely viscous, and so they benefit from the extra dilution of crushed ice. They are also very rich in flavor, and so the crushed ice helps to super-chill the drinks to tone down their intensity.

And why the Tiki mugs? Well, for starters, they’re lots of fun. Tiki mugs give you a sense of time, place, and sentiment that other glassware just can’t. Also, they are insulating. The ceramic gets extremely cold, and does a terrific job of insulating your cocktail against the ambient air temperature. As a result, the cocktail really does stay tastier for longer, which is good for everybody.


1. Beachbum

a. 1 oz. Aged Rum

b. 1 oz. White Rum

c. .5 oz. Apricot Liqueur

d. .5 oz. Orgeat

e. 1 oz. Pineapple

f. .75 oz. Fresh Lime

i. Shake/Strain/Double rocks glass/Cracked ice/Orange half-wheel with cherry skewer flag/Straw


2. Fog Cutter

a. 1.5 oz. Banks 5 Island White Rum (or other funky white)

b. .5 oz. Cognac

c. .5 oz. London Dry Gin

d. 2 oz. Fresh Orange

e. .75 oz. Fresh Lemon

f. .75 oz. Orgeat

i. Shake/Strain/Collins/Ice/Straw/Float .5 oz. Moscatel Sherry/Lemon wheel


3. Jet Pilot

a. 1 oz. Overproof Jamaican Rum

b. .75 oz. Aged 151 Rum

c. .75 oz. Aged Rum

d. .5 oz. Falernum

e. .5 oz. Cinnamon Syrup

f. .5 oz. Fresh Lime

g. .5 oz. Fresh Grapefruit

h. Barspoon Absinthe

i. 1 dash Angostura Bitters

i. Swizzle/Tiki Mug/Fruit/Fire/Straws

1. Yes, it’s almost the same thing as a Zombie. Go figure.


4. Painkiller

a. 1 oz. Aged 151 Rum

b. .5 oz. Overproof Aged Jamaican Rum

c. .5 oz. Aged Jamaican Rum

d. .75 oz. Coconut Syrup

e. 1.5 oz. Fresh Pineapple

f. .25 oz. Fresh Orange

i. Shake with 3 ice cubes/Strain/Snifter/Crushed ice/Grated nutmeg/Orange half-wheel/Cherry/Straws


5. Scorpion

a. 1.5 oz. Overproof Jamaican Rum

b. .75 oz. Cognac

c. .75 oz. Orgeat

d. .75 oz. Fresh Orange

e. .75 oz. Fresh Lime

f. 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

i. Swizzle/Scorpion Bowl (or other mug)/Grated Nutmeg/Orange wheel/Lime wheel/Orchid/Straws


6. Three Dots & A Dash

a. 1.5 oz. St. James XO (or other dry, aged agricole)

b. .5 oz. El Dorado 5 Year (or other aged Guyanese rum)

c. .5 oz. Honey Syrup (2:1)

d. .5 oz. Falernum

e. .5 oz. Fresh Orange

f. .5 oz. Fresh Lime

g. .25 oz. Allspice Dram

h. 1 dash Angostura bitters

i. Swizzle/Tiki mug/Crushed ice/Pineapple wedge/3 cherries/Straws


7. Zombie (1934)

a. 1.5 oz. Aged Jamaican Rum

b. 1.5 oz. Aged Trinidadian Rum

c. 1 oz. Aged Overproof Rum

d. .75 oz. Fresh Lime

e. .5 oz. Fresh Grapefruit

f. .5 oz. Falernum

g. <.5 oz. Cinnamon Syrup

h. Barspoon Grenadine

i. 3 dashes Absinthe

j. 2 dashes Angostura bitters

i. Swizzle/Tiki mug/Pebble ice/Flaming half-lime/Cinnamon stick/Whatever other cool stuff you want

1. Be careful if your straws are plastic that you don’t add them into the mug when the lime is still on fire