Drinkable Images: Feeling Tiki-fied

Feeling like a bit of a human yo-yo this week. Just returned from Japan a day and a half ago and now I’m heading about two-thirds of the way back in that direction to Hawaii tomorrow. Not that I’m complaining (Nor is my MileagePlus account)!

In honor of my trek to state No. 50, here’s a nod to the mainland tiki bar culture that the Pacific archipelago inspired. No, these are not from Hawaii itself, but from San Francisco’s iconic Tonga Room (top) and New York’s East Village tiki hideaway, Otto’s Shrunken Head.

And while you’re admiring this fabulous tiki porn, why not sip one of the classics, the Mai Tai, courtesy of Otto’s. The recipe also appears in my book, The Year of Drinking Adventurously, available for pre-order at all major online booksellers.

Mai Tai (Otto’s Shrunken Head, New York)

1 ounce Myers rum
1 ounce Bacardi Gold rum 1 ounce Bacardi light rum 1/4 ounce orgeat
Dash of Triple sec
Splash of seltzer
Slice of lime
Maraschino cherry

Shake, strain into a glass with ice, and add a splash of seltzer. Garnish with a slice of lime, a cherry, tiny umbrellas, and more.

Photo: Jeff Cioletti

Tonga Room, San Francisco (Photo: Jeff Cioletti)

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Otto’s Shrunken Head, New York (Photo: Jeff Cioletti

About Jeff Cioletti

I’m Jeff Cioletti and The Drinkable Globe marries my two greatest passions: fine drink and travel. The search for the former usually drives the latter. I'm the author of The Year of Drinking Adventurously. When I’m not traveling and drinking— aww, hell, who am I kidding, even when I am—I'm editor-at-large of Beverage World magazine and its companion site, beverageworld.com. I’ve been at Beverage World since January 2003. I’ve been interviewed on beverage-related topics for CNN, Fox Business News, CNBC, Beer Sessions Radio, Canada's ROB TV, NPR, BBC World, BBC Radio, The Associated Press, The New York Post, Financial Times, Investors Business Daily, Advertising Age, WCBS-TV and several other media outlets. Beyond the journalism gig, I’m also a filmmaker; I wrote, produced and co-directed the feature film, “Beerituality,” a comedy set in the world of craft beer. The film is available on at http://www.storenvy.com/products/510365-beerituality-dvd and can be streamed and downloaded at amazon.com

Posted on October 20, 2015, in bars, tiki bars and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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