Tiki culture is completely made up.
And? So what?
The whole myth was created in Hollywood in 1934, at a bar called Don the Beachcomber. The Great Depression was just starting to ease, but U.S. unemployment still averaged over 21%. Escapism was encouraged -- necessary, even -- and Tiki was born.
No wonder it's seen a resurgence lately.
There are a few common tiki drinks -- like the Zombie -- but there are no standard recipes, as most tiki bars make their own infusions and syrups in house. Every recipe is of a piece, though, featuring fresh citrus juice and different styles of rum. (Rum is called the most varied spirit in the world; read more about that here.)
The Evil Headhunter is a creation of Minneapolis's legendary Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge. It's full of booze (so drink with care) but it's still a balanced and fruity fun cocktail, with a hint of coffee on the palette.
Make each drink one at a time, or in a batch a few hours before your grown-up Halloween party. And, yes, you can buy the mug this tiki cocktail is served in!
- 4 parts Trader Vic's Royale Amber Rum
- 3 parts orgeat
- 3 parts falernum
- Juice from 1 whole lime (approx. 3 parts)
- 1 part Trader Vic's Kona Coffee
- 2 parts pineapple juice
- 2 parts orange juice
- 3 parts Trader Vic's Dark Rum (float)
- Dry ice for garnish (optional)
If creating one drink, 4 "parts" are approximately equal to 1 ounce.
Combine all ingredients in a mug over ice. Carefully add a few pellets of dry ice for garnish, if desired.
Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge serves Americanized Italian food in a kitschy lounge setting. Their patio is open year-round for hearty souls, and is located right on banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Tiki mugs are available for purchase for your home bar in person or online.