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If you like Piña Coladas, Try a … Painkiller
Like the ultimate beach sipper (itself a respectable tiki-bar order), the Painkiller is built on rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. It just isn’t frozen. It also has a smack of orange and, if your bartender is feeling generous, extra rum.
If you like Manhattans, Try a … Three Dots and a Dash
Swap your usual bourbon for rum and see what you think of this classic that is also stiff and, as tiki drinks go, not overly sweet. It is named for the letter V in Morse Code to signify “victory” during World War II. Like a Manhattan, it comes alive with Angostura bitters and should be garnished with good cherries—three of them, representing the dots, along with a pineapple frond or chunk standing in for the dash.
If you like Mojitos, Try a … Zombie
The lime juice, frequent mint garnish, and superfine sugar evoke the popular Cuban cocktail. The four types of rum involved evoke a bottle of aspirin and a pitcher of water. The tangerine hue comes courtesy of an extra fruit juice or two shaken in—nobody seems to agree on which ones are definitive, but passion fruit and papaya are both popular choices.
If you like Cosmopolitans, Try a … Shrunken Skull
Also known as a Skull & Bones, this simple lime-and-pomegranate creation has the same tartness and color as the drink that Sex and the City made iconic.
If you like Palomas, Try a … Navy Grog
Grapefruit juice, club soda, and honey syrup—an increasingly trendy add-in to an already trendy Mexican concoction—make for a smooth transition to the world of tiki.
If you like Mulled Wine, Try a … Nui Nui
This icy juice bomb may not bear much resemblance to a mug of your favorite steamed vino. But the cinnamon, cloves, and allspice make it a welcome wintry cocktail that isn’t too strong.
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