With their long lists of occasionally obscure ingredients, tiki drinks are often challenging to make. That means they better not just taste good, they better look good, too. Fortunately, tiki cocktails are also likely to come in vibrant colors and topped with stunning garnishes. Here are the most beautiful tiki drinks you can make.
The Most Beautiful Tiki Drinks
The Scorpion Bowl does not get its good looks from the liquid inside. It’s the Long Island Iced Tea of the tiki world, which is to say, it has just about everything in it. The mix of rums, gin, juices and syrups makes something that is an unremarkable reddish brown. But any worthwhile Scorpion Bowl is served inside a work of art that has a flaming center, so it’s definitely a showstopper.
This vibrant red mix of white rum, absinthe and grenadine shouldn’t be hidden in an opaque tiki mug. Pour it into a clear glass along with some pineapple fronds and a paper umbrella garnish. Just make sure to snap an Instagram pic before you drink it.
The Rum Swizzle is not only a Caribbean classic, it’s also a stunning, ombre masterpiece. Because the drink is top-heavy with crushed ice, the swizzling causes a beautiful fade effect in the glass.
This tiki original has a creamy look to it, and for good reason: it’s made with actual butter. Stay with us here. It’s one ingredient in Don the Beachcomber’s Gardenia mix, which also contains honey, vanilla and cinnamon syrups, and allspice dram. The unique Pearl Diver glassware completes the pretty picture.
Don’s Gardenia Mix
Fresh Orange Juice
One of Victor Bergeron’s (AKA Trader Vic) most famous creations, the Fog Cutter has the cocktail equivalent of an amazing haircut. The fruit salad of garnishes on top—an orange wedge, a pineapple spear and a cherry flag—make an impressive tableau capping this incredibly strong cocktail.
Angostura bitters aren’t often featured prominently in drinks, and that’s too bad for a couple of reasons. They offer an intense, unique, woodsy flavor to drinks, and also lend a gorgeous ruby red hue. Here though, they are featured in our Mai Tai along with orgeat and a funky Jamaican rum for a balanced yet bitter take on tiki.