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, Jamaican rum that, overproof, and Puerto Rican, it quickly becomes overwhelming. I know, because I was once lived that nightmare. Luckily, I was able to buy many bottles and learn... Continue Reading →

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 commentary. Looking back, the frequency of publications here slowed somewhat in 2018, but the topics dove even deeper than before. And while I consider Cocktail Wonk a cocktail and spirits... Continue Reading →

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: Always fresh squeeze your juice! It’s not so hard with lemons, limes, and oranges, but pineapples are always a challenge. They’re cumbersome and not easily juiced with normal kitchen gadgets.... Continue Reading →

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