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10 Tiki Cocktails for a Tropical Getaway at Home
Can’t get away this summer? No problem! Bring a tropical paradise to the comfort of your home. READ: 10 Delicious Punches for Any Summer Soiree We’re talking about ice-cold, thirst-quenching, downright delicious cocktails fresh off the islands to awaken every single taste bud. Oversized Hawaiian shirts totally optional. We won’t judge. “It’s downright impossible to be uptight when sipping a tiki drink,” says David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, authors of “The 12 Bottle Bar,” on why you should be savoring these classics now more than ever. “Well-made tiki drinks are a combination of fresh fruit juices disguising an alcohol bomb.” READ: 10 Frozen Boozy Treats to Beat the Heat “If you and your guests weren’t relaxed when you started, you will be when you finish,” they add. “Besides, a martini looks ridiculous with an umbrella in it.” While these beachy cocktails may look intimidating, mixologists across the country insist they’re a lot easier to make than you think. Simply grab your favorite booze, fresh fruit, and loads of friends to get any party started. For some inspiration, here are 10 twists on the typical tiki drink. Because you needed an excuse to bring out those tiny parasols.
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Piña Colada

Ingredients 1 oz. unsweetened coconut milk 1 oz. coconut cream 1 oz. spiced rum 1 oz. aged rum 4 pineapple chunks about twice the size of dice 2 cups of crushed ice Preparation Add all ingredients in a blender and blend for 40 seconds. Garnish with a tiki umbrella and a fuzzy flamingo–it makes people happy.
(The Regent Cocktail Club in Miami)

Mango Basil

Ingredients 3 Tbsps. mango puree (1 ½ cup chopped fresh mango, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1/3 cup water) 2 Tbsps. blanco tequila ¼ oz. clear orange-flavored liqueur ¾ oz. fresh lime juice 2 fresh basil leaves, torn 1 oz. club soda, chilled Preparation To make mango puree, place mango, sugar, and water in a blender. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth. Transfer to storage container. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Makes about 1 ½ cups. To make drink, add 1 ½ oz. of the mango puree, tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, lime juice, and torn basil leaves to cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with mango puree and basil leaves.
(Elegant Affairs)

Blue Lagoon

Ingredients 2 oz. rum (for fishbowl) 1 oz. blue curacao (for fishbowl) 20 oz. lemonade (for fishbowl) 1 ½ oz. light rum (for piña colada) 2 oz. Coco Lopez cream of coconut (for piña colada) 2 oz. pineapple juice (for piña colada) 1 cup crushed ice (for piña colada) Preparation Make first half of drink by combining 2 oz. rum, blue curaco, and lemonade in a fish bowl filled with ice. Then, make pina colada by pouring 1 ½ oz. light rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice into a blender with one cup of crushed ice. Blend until smooth and pour into a Collins glass. Place glass inside fishbowl.
(John Argento, owner of Surf City in New Jersey)

Hot to Trot

Ingredients 2 oz. aged cachaca ½ oz. mango puree ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice ½ oz. Cointreau Preparation Shake and strain into a Collins glass. Add an umbrella. READ: 10 Cool Cachaca Cocktails To Try This Summer
(Head bartender Mike Ryan of Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago)

Iced Chi Chi

Ingredients 1.5 oz. Ketal One Vodka 1.5 oz. coconut water 0.5 oz. cream of coconut 2 oz. pineapple juice 0.5 oz. Disaronno Amaretto Preparation Combine all ingredients, except amaretto, in a Boston shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice and float amaretto on top.
(The Mirage in Las Vegas)

Banana Guava Shandy

Ingredients 2 oz. vodka 1 oz. banana liqueur 3 oz. guava nectar wheat ale Preparation Add vodka, banana liqueur, and guava nectar in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour ingredients in a chilled Collins glass. Top with wheat ale.
(Monte Carlo in Las Vegas)

A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea

Ingredients ¾ oz. coffee syrup ¼ oz. Demerara Syrup ¾ oz. lime juice 1 oz. pineapple juice 1 ½ oz. white rum ½ oz. Cruzan Black Strap Rum 2 oz. granulated sugar 1 pineapple slice coffee beans Preparation Add syrups, rums, juices, and sugar in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass. Stir until dissolved. Garnish with pineapple slice and coffee beans.
(Three Dots and a Dash in Illinois)

Tiki Swizzle

Ingredients 3 oz. Sailor Jerry Rum 2 oz. pineapple juice 1 oz. port 1 oz. simple syrup 1 oz. fresh lime juice 2 dashes Peychaud Bitters 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 1 pineapple slice Preparation Combine ingredients, shake, and strain over crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a paper umbrella.
(Mixologist Daniel Thomas)

Spiked Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients 2 oz. coconut-infused vodka 2 oz. coconut water 2 oz. Coco Lopez Coconut Milk 1 fresh coconut with top cut off 1 fresh flower for garnish Preparation Combine vodka, coconut water, and coconut milk. Add in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour into a fresh coconut. Add a flower for garnish.
(Elegant Affairs)

Not-So-Blue-Hawaii

Ingredients 3 oz. pineapple juice ½ oz. strained, freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ oz. simple syrup ½ oz. orange liqueur ¾ oz. white rum ¾ oz. vodka 1 pineapple slice 1 cherry Preparation Add ingredients to glass over crushed ice in given order. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with a cherry and pineapple slice.
(David Solmonson and Lesly Jacobs Solmonson, author of “The 12 Bottle Bar”)

10 Tiki Cocktails for a Tropical Getaway at Home

Can’t get away this summer? No problem! Bring a tropical paradise to the comfort of your home. READ: 10 Delicious Punches for Any Summer Soiree We’re talking about ice-cold, thirst-quenching, downright delicious cocktails fresh off the islands to awaken every single taste bud. Oversized Hawaiian shirts totally optional. We won’t judge. “It’s downright impossible to be uptight when sipping a tiki drink,” says David Solmonson and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, authors of “The 12 Bottle Bar,” on why you should be savoring these classics now more than ever. “Well-made tiki drinks are a combination of fresh fruit juices disguising an alcohol bomb.” READ: 10 Frozen Boozy Treats to Beat the Heat “If you and your guests weren’t relaxed when you started, you will be when you finish,” they add. “Besides, a martini looks ridiculous with an umbrella in it.” While these beachy cocktails may look intimidating, mixologists across the country insist they’re a lot easier to make than you think. Simply grab your favorite booze, fresh fruit, and loads of friends to get any party started. For some inspiration, here are 10 twists on the typical tiki drink. Because you needed an excuse to bring out those tiny parasols.

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