The Unexpected Match of Whiskey & Tiki

Rum will always be the star of tiki cocktails, but lesser-used spirits like gin, tequila and whiskey have a history in tropical drinks. These days it’s easy to find some of these oddball recipes on menus as bartenders explore the boundaries of the tiki category. We’ve rounded up a few recipes from bars around the country that give bourbon, rye or scotch a leading role.

Akala The Fierce
Chai-infused whiskey adds some fall flavor to this tiki cocktail from False Idol in San Diego.

Bronx Cheer
The vanilla and oak flavors of spicy rye blend beautifully with raspberry syrup and lime.

College Radio
A Trader Vic’s classic takes a spin in the blender.

Feelings Catcher
Whiskey and Spanish brandy take equal billing in this cocktail from Leyenda in Brooklyn.

Tall As A Tree and Twice As Shady
A fresh and fruity blended Scotch sipper.

Iron Ranger
High-proof bourbon sets a bold tone for this refresher from Raised by Wolves in San Diego.

Rye Tai
The Mai Tai gets an extra kick of flavor when rum taps out for rye whiskey.

Touch of Love
Bourbon and blackstrap share the glass with Amaro in this punch for a crowd.

That Party Last Night
Warming whiskey and spice-fueled Jägermeister play bass note to the bright flavors of passion fruit and IPA.

Permanent Holiday
The flavors of bourbon and Italian amari bring extra warmth to this fall tiki cocktail.


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