Category: general tiki

Gatekeeping the Mai Tai

As a Tiki drink enthusiast, it’s exciting to see new people joining the fold. Even the mainstream press is starting to give Tiki bars the…

Tiki’s Missing Ingredient: “Martinique Rum” of Yore

One of the hallmarks of the modern Tiki revival is the obsessive attention paid to recreating the classic recipes of Donn Beach and Trader Vic…

The Beechmaster – One Touch Tiki Cocktails

A story about the Bartesian (apparently one of Oprah’s Favorite Things) passed though my Google news feed today. For the low price of $349 and…

Exciting News in Minimalist Tiki Land!

Mrs. Wonk and I are overwhelmed by the response to our book, Minimalist Tiki, which we released a year ago.  We’ve got some exciting news…

Analog Fassionola Recipe

A quick post with my recipe for “Analog Fassionola”, an old-school tiki ingredient that’s shrouded in some mystery. Originally, I shared my take on fassionola…

Is “Minimalist Tiki” an Oxymoron?

Tiki drinks, by their very nature, lends themselves to excess. Why use one rum when you can use three?  A tasteful, simple lime wedge garnish?…

The Six Essential Tiki Rum Categories

Newcomers to Tiki drinks quickly face an uncomfortable question: Just how many rums do I need? With so many recipes calling for Lemon Hart this,…

Minimalist Tiki – The Book! For Sale Now!

Day in and day out, one of the most popular post here at Cocktail Wonk is Minimalist Tiki: What you truly need to make the…

The Cocktail Wonk Top Ten Stories of 2018

It’s an annual Cocktail Wonk tradition to holistically examine the last twelve month’s writings and pick the ten stories most deserving of highlighting and after-the-fact…

First Look at Devil’s Reef: The Pacific Northwest’s New Tiki Wonderland

It’s no surprise to long time Cocktail Wonk readers that Tiki is a central pillar of what I do here. While most nights find me…

When is a Mai Tai Not a Mai Tai?

Crappy cocktail recipes are an occupational hazard of using the internet. I do my best to roll my eyes and move on. Until I came…

cocktail fire garnish tiki

Stop Setting Your Rum on Fire! Tiki Fire Explained

Rum and fire. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate, or burgers and fries. But I’m here to tell you to stop lighting your…