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Tiki cocktails

Crazy for Tropical Flavors

In the 1930s, popular “tiki” restaurants on the West Coast celebrated the flavors and ambiance of Polynesia. After World War II, with soldiers returning from the Pacific and the new statehood of Hawaii, a “tiki craze” swept the country. After a late-century lull in popularity, tiki cocktails are being rediscovered today—they refreshing and easily made, and new tropical ingredients open up new variations. In these cocktails, look for fruity, sweet-sour combinations that capitalize on rum. Enjoy—and please mix responsibly!