What is a Mai Tai?

What is a Mai Tai?

A Mai Tai is a tiki cocktail that was invented in 1944 by Vic Bergeron of Trader Vic's. The mai tai can be found on the menus at tiki bars all over the world and the drink name is instantly recognized by just about everybody. The problem with this name…
Stone Cold Ice Tray

Stone Cold Ice Tray

The Moai of Easter Island are figures that are instantly recognizable to just about everyone, and they're a popular figure for tiki drawings, carvings and sculptures. We have quite a few moai inspired mugs that we regularly make drinks in, but recently we picked up this Stone Cold Ice Tray…
Pineapple Ti Punch

Pineapple Ti Punch

A basic Ti' Punch is probably not going to be very sweet. It is a simple drink that is really a way to highlight flavors in your favorite rhum agricole. We suspect that some ti' punch lovers are purists who want to keep the drink simple, however we know from…
Homemade Spiced Syrup

Homemade Spiced Syrup

One of our favorite ways to sweeten up a cocktail - whether it is a tiki cocktail or not - is with Clement Sirop de Canne. It is a cane sugar syrup made by reducing freshly squeezed sugar cane juice and infusing it with vanilla, cinnamon and allspice. It's not…
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…