The Story Behind The Tiki Bonfire

I love tiki cocktails, but balancing their flavors can be tricky. After visiting some tiki bars in San Francisco, I decided to play around with a drink of my own, swapping out different ingredients until I found the right mix.

The orange juice, grenadine, and pineapple syrup are all base flavors here, and the lime juice gives it a nice citrusy jolt. I couldn't help but add some overproof rum at the end to give it a great tiki effect.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • ½ ounce overproof rum
  • ½ ounce Angostura bitters
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ¾ ounce grenadine
  • ½ ounce Monin pineapple syrup
  • ½ lemon, hollowed out, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine white rum, orange juice, lime juice, and pineapple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake hard to chill and combine.
  3. Pour grenadine in a tiki glass over fresh ice.
  4. Strain concoction over fresh ice and grenadine.
  5. Float Angostura bitters on top.
  6. Garnish with half of a lemon.
  7. Pour overproof rum into lemon, and light with a torch for a dramatic effect.
This tiki cocktail uses two types of rum and several fruit juices, yet maintains its bright, balanced flavors. Learn how to make it with this easy recipe.