Category: Cocktails

Can You (Ever) Use Too Much Angostura Bitters?

“Hey Matt, I think I found a bug in your book,” began a recent message from my friend, Mike. ”The Trinidadi Issues recipes calls for…

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…

Passion Grove Swizzle – A Summer Tiki Cooler

Early in my Tiki education, which at that point was primarily Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari and a scattering of blog posts, I learned a mantra:…

The Reverend's Tai

The Reverend’s Tai – A Pineapple Twist on the Mai Tai

Editorial note: The recipe below turned out to be so popular that I included it in our book, Minimalist Tiki. In recent years I’ve vociferously…

Jungle Doctor – The Jungle Bird Goes to Med School

As an avid Tiki-hound home bartender, I am always seeking out the next unusual recipe twist that gets me excited. And while Tiki draws from…

The Banana Life – A Pagan Idol Original Tiki Recipe

At this point in my Tiki journey, it’s much harder to come across a flavor combination I haven’t encountered before and which knock my socks…

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…

Apricole Swizzle

Apricole Swizzle

The vast majority of cocktails from the Tropical/Tiki pantheon derive from a relatively small set of ingredients. At the end of the day, most recipes…

Tonga Thunder - CocktailWonk 2017

Tonga Thunder! A New Adventure in Tiki

If you’ve been around these parts or the Cocktail Wonk Instagram feed for any length of time, you know Tiki drinks play a big role…

Cameron George at Barrio with the Havana Hustle

Havana Hustle: Seattle’s Bacardi Legacy Contender

Banana. Chocolate. Rich aged rum. Gentian root. Peppery spice. Intrigued? These are just some of the flavors dancing together in Seattle bartender Cameron George’s Havana…

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…