Make Your Own Tiki Shakes With This Simple Formula

Tiki cocktails have an undeserved reputation for being overly sweet and fruity, but when done right they are complex, balanced, and great to drink. Lucky Peach has a simple template to help you create your own.

The template is based on the traditional Planter’s Punch formula, created by the father of tiki bars, Don Beach . While the exact amount of ingredients can vary from beverage to beverage, the following five ingredients must be present in one form or another:

  • Sour: Think citrus juices – lemon, lime, grapefruit – and don’t be afraid to mix them up. You can even play with such a trendy bush here.
  • Sweet: You can use plain syrup, but maple, honey, and even sweet liqueurs fall into this category.
  • Strong: rum. Do you want some rum here.
  • Weak: Yes. You want some weak things here. Juices, sodas, etc. Not only add flavor, but also preserve the flavor of the drink you can drink.
  • Spices: They should flow, nutmeg, cinnamon, concoctions, and even hot spices are also good. Don’t discount hard liquor like bitters or even Ancho Reyes .

With so many options, it can be tempting to go crazy with the ingredients, so Lucky Peach recommends winding it up a bit:

It’s worth mentioning here that the temptation to perfect a cocktail with sixteen, eighteen, or even twenty ingredients is great, but also a waste. At some point, the ingredients will either start to clash, or become cloudy, or simply become invisible. It takes some restraint, as silly as it sounds in the context of exotic cocktails.

Of course, this is just a cocktail, so have fun. (After all, drinking is supposed to be enjoyable.) If this style of “choose your own adventure” mixology is a little tiring, click the link below for more guidance. If you are still overwhelmed, eat Mai Tai or something like that.

How to create a modern Tiki cocktail “wiki useful Happy Peach


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