The Perfect Tiki Cocktail Recipe

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This tiki cocktail recipe is far from the brightly colored, super sweet cocktails served in tiki bars! Here we have a gorgeous alcoholic drink that’s invigorating, with its fresh fruit juice and flavorful bitters. It’s easy to make too – perfect for summer parties!

This is the perfect tiki drink recipe. It will definitely change your view of the tiki cocktail! Tiki drinks are sometimes synonymous with overly sweet, sugary neon libations served in tiki heads.

But that’s not a true tiki drink. When made right, tiki drinks can be just as “old-fashioned” as bourbon in a cup!! This one we created uses bitters and fresh juices and it’s super easy to make. Perfect for summer entertaining!

How To Make The Perfect Tiki Cocktail – Step By Step

  • Add the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Strain into a coupe cup and garnish with a flower and a pineapple!

An Easy Summer Cocktail

Cocktails don’t get much easier than this one! Just put the five ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake for 20 seconds and voila – tiki time! The lime and pineapple give this a refreshing kick, it’ll be a summer smash!

Best Spiced Rum For A Tiki Cocktail

Spiced rum is the base alcohol in this lovely tipple. Here are some suggestions for great spiced rum:

  • Dead Man’s Fingers spiced rum (37.5% ABV) …
  • Chairman’s Reserve spiced rum (40% ABV) …
  • Don Q oak barrel spiced rum (45% ABV) …
  • Foursquare spiced rum (37.5% ABV) …
  • Bounty spiced rum (40% ABV) …
  • RumJava signature rum (35% ABV) ..

Origin Of The Tiki Cocktail

Tiki drinks and the culture actually started in Los Angeles! It was in 1934 when Polynesian-themed bar and restaurant, Don The Beachcomber opened.

They served rum punches and Polynesian-inspired food. A few years later, Trader Vics opened his first tiki restaurant in Oakland, CA.

So although inspired by the South Pacific, the first-ever tiki cocktail recipe was made right here in Los Angeles.

Tips For A Tiki Cocktail

  • Shake the ingredients with the ice in the cocktail shaker until the shaker feels ice cold.
  • Make sure to strain the cocktail into the glass.
  • Use fresh lime juice.
  • Garnish with a slice of pineapple.
top down shot of drink in glass

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The Perfect Tiki Drink Recipe

Get back to basics with this tiki recipe!
3.30 from 37 votes
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Eden


  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp maraschino cherry syrup
  • dash grapefruit bitters (we like Scrappy’s!)


  • Add the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Strain into a coupe cup and garnish with a flower and a pineapple!


Serving: 0g | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 73mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 9.9mg
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2 thoughts on “The Perfect Tiki Cocktail Recipe”

  1. Wow! Looks delicious! I would love one (maybe two or three) I must remember this for my next pool party. Your photos are stunning as always.


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