Tiki cocktails: a plunge into the exotic, tropical world of mixology

Tiki cocktails, symbols of exoticism and tropical paradise, take us on a journey to faraway lands without leaving the comfort of our living room. These colourful, refreshing drinks are the very essence of exotic mixology, inspired by Polynesian and Hawaiian cultures.


Their creation dates back to the 1930s and 1940s, when tiki bars became popular in the United States and marked the start of a trend that continues to this day.

Origins and history of Tiki cocktails

The origins of Tiki cocktails date back to Prohibition in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, when the sale of alcohol was illegal. In the darkness of that period, many speakeasies offered exotic drinks made from illegally imported rum and other spirits. It was against this backdrop that Tiki mixology pioneer Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, better known as Donn Beach, opened the first Tiki bar in Los Angeles in 1933.


He created original and daring cocktails, skilfully blending exotic ingredients such as rum, fresh fruit juices, tropical syrups and spices. The craze for Tiki cocktails continued to grow in the 1940s with the opening of the Trader Vic’s bar by Victor J. Bergeron.


This bar became a fixture of San Francisco nightlife, propelling Tiki cocktails into the spotlight and popularising this exotic cocktail culture across the country. The 1950s and 1960s saw a veritable Tiki frenzy, with Tiki restaurants and bars springing up across the United States.

Characteristics of Tiki cocktails

Tiki cocktails are characterised by their spectacular presentation and generous use of crushed ice and colourful garnishes. They are served in glasses shaped like tikis, seashells, flamingos and other elements of Polynesian culture. Colourful umbrellas, fruit skewers, tropical flowers and bamboo straws add a festive touch to these unique drinks.


Tiki cocktail recipes are varied and creative, using a wide variety of rums and other spirits, as well as a host of exotic ingredients. Common ingredients include pineapple juice, lime juice, orgeat syrup, grenadine syrup, falernum, curaçao, coconut cream and many more.


These bold combinations offer complex, balanced flavours, and each Tiki cocktail tells an exotic story that transports taste buds to distant horizons. Some of the most famous Tiki cocktails include :

The Mai Tai

Created by Trader Vic in 1944, this is one of the most iconic Tiki cocktails. Made with white rum, dark rum, lime juice, orgeat and curaçao, it strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and acidity.

Cocktail Mai Tai

The Piña Colada

Originating in Puerto Rico, this deliciously creamy cocktail is made with rum, fresh pineapple juice and coconut cream, instantly reminiscent of sunny beaches.

Pina Colada

The Zombie

A powerful cocktail created by Donn Beach, which blends several types of rum, lime juice, falernum, absinthe and fruity syrups. Be warned, this cocktail is renowned for its devastating effect!

Cocktail Zombie

The Navy Grog

A Trader Vic creation, blending dark rum, white rum, honey syrup, lime juice and soda for a refreshingly balanced cocktail.

Cocktail Navy Grog

The Scorpion

A social cocktail, perfect for sharing with friends. It combines dark rum, white rum, brandy, orange juice, lime juice and grenadine syrup, all served in a large punch bowl.

Cocktail scorpion

Tiki cocktails have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, with a renewed interest in exotic blends and unique taste experiences. Tiki bars are making a comeback in major cities around the world, and contemporary mixologists are revisiting classic recipes with modern, innovative touches. So if you’re looking for a sensory escapade to faraway islands, Tiki cocktails are the perfect answer.


Get carried away by their bright colours, exotic flavours and festive atmosphere, and embark on an unforgettable taste journey into the enchanting world of Tiki mixology. Discover how these unique and authentic drinks can brighten up your evenings and create memorable moments of conviviality, whether in summer or winter. Tiki cocktails are much more than just a drink: they are truly artistic creations that awaken the senses and take the mind on a journey to faraway lands. So invite the exotic into your glass and embark on an extraordinary tasting adventure with Tiki cocktails!

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