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…
Bali Hai – San Diego, California

Bali Hai – San Diego, California

The Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island is a San Diego Tiki institution. The restaurant was named after a song in the musica "South Pacific" and opened in 1955, specizlicing in Polynesian food and Tiki cocktails. The restaurant has been owned and operated by the family of Tom Ham, who…

Scenes from Tiki Oasis 2014

Tiki Oasis is the largest annual Tiki gathering in the world. The even has been held annually for 14 years and will most certainly be going strong for many more, as it only seems to get more popular as the years roll by. The Tiki-con is held in San Diego…
Blue Hawaii

Blue Hawaii

The Blue Hawaii is a cocktail that is all about the color - and while some people might feel like blue isn't a color that belongs in food, I tend to think that there is nothing wrong with playing with your food a little bit, even if that means turning…
Eastern Sour

Eastern Sour

The Eastern Sour is a relatively strange tiki cocktail in that it doesn't use any rum and it really doesn't use any tropical fruit juices. It's a very slight twist on a classic whisky sour, originally created by Trader Vic to celebrate the launch of a Toronto location - hence…
Keoke Coffee

Keoke Coffee

A boozy coffee drink is always a good ideal after dinner, when you're winding down for the day and want a nightcap. The alcohol and the coffee tend to cancel eachother out, which means that you end up feeling warm and relaxed even if you don't make your drink with…