Evil Headhunter

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.


(612) 788-9069