Cooper’s Ranch Punch

Cooper’s Ranch Punch

One of our Trader Vic's cookbooks has a recipe for a drink called Cooper's Ranch Punch, from the Cooper Ranch Inn in Hauula on Oahu. Along with the recipe, Vic said that "the version I give here stinks in comparison to the original" and notes that anyone visiting Oahu should…
What is Rhum Agricole?

What is Rhum Agricole?

There is rum and then there is rhum - rhum agricole, to be precise. Rhum agricole is made from fresh sugar cane juice, rather than from molasses. This style of rum originated in the French Caribbean around the turn of the 19th century. Around this time, France switched a lot…
Ti’ Punch

Ti’ Punch

Ti punch - short for "petit punch" - is a rum drink that is especially popular in the French Caribbean. As you might expect, given that the drink comes from an area that specializes in the production of rhum agricole, it features rum agricole. The drink is a simple one…
How to Make a Grass Skirt Tiki Garnish

How to Make a Grass Skirt Tiki Garnish

The garnishes of tiki drinks are often just as important as the drinks themselves, so you'll find that tiki bars work a lot harder on garnishes than most "regular" bars do. Tiki drinks are topped with pineapple spears, towers of fruit and fresh flowers - and, of course, the tiki…
Rhum Clément JonOne V.S.O.P. Launch Party

Rhum Clément JonOne V.S.O.P. Launch Party

If you were a 125 year old rum producer, how would you celebrate your birthday? Rhum Clément recently celebrated their 125th birthday and celebrated by collaborating with artist JonOne to launch a limited edition bottle of their Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum Agricole Vieux. The rum is aged a minimum of four years in…
Midori Colada

Midori Colada

A Midori Colada might not be the first drink that springs to mind when you think of tiki, but there are plenty of tiki and tropical bars that keep this ever-popular drink on the menu. It's like a pina colada, but with the addition of Midori melon liqueur, which sweetens…
What is Falernum?

What is Falernum?

You can't flip through a tiki cocktail book without finding at least a few recipes that call for falernum, and it is an ingredient that every well-stocked tiki bar - even if it is a home bar - should have. Falernum is a sweet cocktail syrup that is flavored primarily…
Chief Lapu Lapu

Chief Lapu Lapu

The Chief Lapu Lapu is a drink that you'll see popping up on drink menus at most tiki bars, but like most tiki drinks, the exact cocktail that you are going to be served varies from location to location. Unlike the Mai Tai, which can vary dramatically in flavor, the…
Pinup Hair Style from Tiki Oasis 2014

Pinup Hair Style from Tiki Oasis 2014

I don't know that much about pinup hair styles, but I do know that they were all the rage at Tiki Oasis this year. There were some fantastic stylists - and fantastic product sponsors - giving ladies some incredible vintage hairdos. I wasn't planning to get my hair all done…