Tiki and Tropical Cocktail Recipes

These cocktails will transport you to the beach any time of year

by0| PUBLISHED Feb 23, 2014 3:30 AM
Tiki and Tropical Cocktail Recipes
This version of a classic tiki drink mixes two kinds of rum with a variety of fruit juices and syrups. Get the recipe for Tiki Bandit ». Todd Coleman

With swizzle sticks, mini umbrellas, and generous amounts of rum, tiki drinks are a fun way to get a buzz when the weather is warm. Popularized in the mid-twentieth century by bars like Trader Vic's, the tiki craze went through somewhat of a decline but is now making a comeback. There's something to be said for going to a gaudy, over-the-top tiki bar on a beach, but you can also make great tiki drinks at home.

One classic tiki drink is the Mai Tai, which though it's associated with Hawaii, it was actually created in San Francisco. Our version mixes dark rum with grassy rhum agricole, along with orange Curaçao, orgeat, lime juice, and simple syrup to make a fruity. Our recipe for the Dragon 88 Mai Tai starts similarly but adds amber rum and citrusy Velvet Falernum to make an even boozier drink.

Another tiki classic is the daiquiri. While a traditional daiquiri is a simple mix of white rum, lime juice, and simple syrup, we have festival variations packed with blackberries, pineapple, strawberries, bananas, mango, and even heavy cream.

Of course, there's more to tropical drinking than rum-packed tiki drinks. Few things taste better on the beach than a frozen margarita. We have a traditional lime version, as well as a vibrantly colored twist made with pickly pear.

If you prefer a rocks drink to a frozen one, try our Ho'opono Potion. It’s a bracing, complex cocktail made with cucumber, tequila, fresh lime juice, and Aperol. Or, for another tequila drink, the Soul Train mixes tequila with lime and grapefruit juice and, for a unique kick, a cardamom simple syrup.

Find all these recipes and more in our collection of tropical cocktail recipes!