Tiki culture became popular in the 1930s when Polynesian-themed restaurants started popping out of Hollywood. In Maori culture, Tiki is the first man created by the primary god of war and human activities, Tumatauenga.

However, the word tiki became a common term to describe South Pacific culture. This grew into its own genre, which became a popular theme in restaurants, bars, and backyard activities until the 1990s.

Tiki Drinks You Should Try

  • Mai Tai 
  • Victor J Bergeron invented this cocktail in 1944 at his restaurant, Trader Vic’s. In a shaker, add ice, lime juice, orange curacao, orgeat syrup, simple syrup, dark Jamaican rum, and amber Martinique rum. Mix and pour into a double rocks glass. Garnish it with a sprig of mint and serve.

  • Jungle Bird
  • This drink was originally served in a porcelain bird container. In a shaker, add ice, pineapple juice, demerara syrup, Campari, and blackstrap rum. Shake and pour into a glass. Garnish it with pineapple leaves or a pineapple slice and serve.

  • The Zombie
  • This is one of the most potent drinks created in the 1950s. In a shaker, add ice, lime juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup, light Puerto Rican rum, gold Puerto Rican rum, demerara rum, and Brown sugar. Shake and pour into a highball glass. Add a dash of angostura bitters to bring the drink together and serve.

  • Halekulani
  • This is one of the rare Tiki drinks that is whiskey-based. In a shaker, add ice, lime juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, Demerara simple syrup, grenadine, and bourbon. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Spray Angostura bitters to finish the cocktail and serve.

  • Blue Hawaiian
  • Harry Yee invented this drink in 1957. He is a legendary head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. In a shaker, add ice, vodka, rum, sweet and sour, pineapple juice, and blue curacao. Shake and pour in a tall cocktail glass. Garnish it with a cute mini umbrella and serve.