While simple tiki drinks like the Hurricane and Grog do exist, the real test of a true tiki master lies in the more laborious libations. Now that you have, presumably, worked your way through Supercall’s Tiki Month—during which you outfitted your bar, re-upped on your rum and stocked up on syrups—you’re ready to take on the most complicated tiki cocktails.
3 Expert Level Tiki Cocktails You Need to Master
Made with multiple rums, from-scratch falernum and the lost tropical syrup, fassionola, the Cobra’s Fang requires careful sourcing and preparation. The fassionola alone calls for 11 different components. Make sure you dedicate a few days to getting this cocktail right.
The Zombie is so strong that bartenders often put a limit on how many one customer can order in a night. It’s also a bit of a chore to concoct, requiring three kinds of rum, absinthe and a trio of tropical ingredients that you can (and should) make yourself—Donn’s Mix, falernum and hibiscus grenadine. But we swear on Donn Beach’s Hawaiian shirts that it is worth putting in the effort to reap the boozy reward.
In addition to a trio of rums, falernum and fresh juices, the Pearl Diver requires a DIY batch of Don’s Gardenia Mix—a rich blend of butter, sugar and spices. Think of it as an iced, tropical version of a hot buttered rum.
Don’s Gardenia Mix
Fresh Orange Juice