Tiki drinks have a long history that dates back to Los Angeles in the 1930s – and the original tiki drinks are not the syrupy sweet blended drinks that you might remember from the 1970s. Historically, tiki drinks were made with fresh tropical juices, homemade syrups and plenty of rum (often very high quality rum, at that), which means that they fit the definition of “craft cocktail” long before that phrase became trendy. I love the fun, tropical feel of tiki drinks and the history of tiki in general, and that is what inspired me to write my newest cookbook. Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar! It’s full of delicious, modern tiki cocktails that are perfect for sipping on a hot summer afternoon.
To get more of a taste of the tiki spirit – and even more drink recipes – check out my newest blog, Modern Tiki. Modern Tiki is a cocktail-centric blog where you’ll find lots of tiki cocktails, as well as tips about tiki style, tiki history and even tiki bars. I guarantee that the recipes, like the recipes in the new cookbook, will change the way that you think about tiki drinks. I also think that they’ll make your summer entertaining even more fun than usual.