Aloha readers, it’s “Tiki-Time”!
Tiki drinks and tiki-bars have become an immediate association when the phrase “tropical paradise” is mentioned.
The uniquely Polynesian design of the tiki statues, while in the past were used as symbols of ancient ancestors or to mark specifically important or sacred sites, are unmistakable even in today’s time.
But how did the tiki iconography become associated with tropical cocktail drinks, and when did that movement begin?
“Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki”, by Martin and Rebecca Cate (owners of the nationally-famous “Smuggler’s Cove tiki bar), is an exciting, well-researched history of the tiki-bar phenomenon plus an intriguing recipe book for even the most savvy professional/amateur mixologists!
With over 300 pages worth of information, presented with truly outstanding graphic design full of vivid pictures, interesting images, and superb colors, in our opinion, this is perhaps one of the best books created on tropical drinks and their history.
“Mocktails” or “cocktails”, learning about the history of each of these iconic drinks alone is worth picking this book up. The authors do an excellent job explaining the slow gradual rise of interest in the tiki designs and their alcoholic counterparts from the 1920s, through their peak in the 1950s and 60s, and up to today’s resurgence of enthusiasm for the “tiki bar”.
If you are wanting to recreate that tropical lounge feel back at home, “Smuggler’s Cove” has many hints and tips to help you recapture those essences right away—even how to set up your own “tiki bar”!
This book is a sturdy hardcover, built to last in your book collection, coffee table, or on your own tiki-bar!
Having recently discovered this newly-released title, we are thrilled to have a beautiful book to feature for both the tiki enthusiasts and the cocktail connoisseurs!