Posted: Jul 11, 2014 9:00 AM
 
Filled with tropical flavors, plenty of booze and extreme garnishes, tiki cocktails are great for enjoying in the summer months. So, rather than complain about the heat (again), make yourself one of these tropical drinks and pretend you're sitting on the beach with your toes in the water.

There are rumors tiki cocktails are dead. However, this isn't the case at all. In fact, many craft cocktail at bars are revisiting tiki cocktails and making them with fresh ingredients rather than the overly sweet, pre-made mixes — and thank goodness for this. So, the next time you're sitting at home thinking it would be nice to enjoy a rum-filled cocktail, try one of these three tiki cocktails. Just don't forget the garnishes. They are part of tiki drinks after all.

Tiki cocktails- Mai Tai

Mai Tai

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce aged Martinique rum
  • 1 ounce Jamaican rum
  • 1/2 ounce orange curaçao
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce orgeat syrup (try Small Hand Foods or make your own orgeat syrup)
  • 1/2 juiced lime shell and sprig of mint for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients except for garnish to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with the lime shell and a sprig of mint that has been slapped between the palms of your hands and enjoy.

Tiki cocktails- Bermuda Rum Swizzle

Bermuda Rum Swizzle

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces dark rum (try Gosling's Black Seal or Myers's Original Dark Jamaican Rum)
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1/4 ounce Velvet Falernum
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Slice of pineapple, orange wedge and a cherry for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into an ice-filled Tiki glass or mug.
  3. Garnish with a slice of pineapple, orange wedge and a cherry before enjoying.

Tiki cocktails- Painkiller

Painkiller

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Pusser's Rum or other dark Jamaican rum
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut
  • Ground cinnamon and nutmeg for sprinkling on top and a pineapple wedge, orange wheel and cinnamon stick for garnish.

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients except for spices and garnishes to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into an ice-filled tiki mug or highball glass.
  3. Dust the top of the drink with ground cinnamon and nutmeg and garnish with a pineapple wedge, orange wheel and cinnamon stick before enjoying.


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