The Dr. Funk cocktail was tiki before tiki was tiki. Created decades before Don the Beachcomber or Trader Vic started peddling their island-inspired fare, the bright, lightly spritzy cocktail was the delicious brainchild of German physician and mixologist, Dr. Bernhard Funk, who was stationed in the South Pacific. The doctor’s original version of the cocktail included just lime juice, absinthe and seltzer (with the occasional dash of grenadine). It wasn’t until the two tiki founders (Don and Vic) got a hold of the drink that rum came into the picture, officially inducting the cocktail into the tiki family. Fun fact: Dr. Funk was author Robert Louis Stevenson’s physician and friend.
This classic, which also goes by the less mellifluous name "rum and Coke with lime," is one of the most popular drinks in the world, thanks to the relentless marketing efforts of the Bacardi company and wide availability of its ingredients. As the rum behemoth’s publicity machine has been telling it for over a century, the soda drink was "i...