Cocktail Recipes A-Z

Updated Sept. 9, 2019

The Atomic Grog is loaded with cocktail recipes, from old-school classics to modern standards to our own concoctions. They’re not always easy to find, so we’ve compiled this comprehensive list of every recipe on the site. (This is a work in progress: If you notice a bad link, please let us know!) It incorporates all the recipes from The Mai-Kai cocktail guide, plus those we’ve posted in stories, along with our old “cocktail of the week” feature. Below the A-Z list, we’ve broken the same recipes down into categories and drink styles that we hope you’ll find interesting and useful.
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Hurricane Hayward enjoys a Shark Bite in The Molokai bar in September 2016 during a book-release party for Tim "Swanky" Glazner's "Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant."

The Atomic Grog’s Hurricane Hayward enjoys a Shark Bite in The Molokai bar in September 2016 during a book-release party for Tim “Swanky” Glazner’s “Mai-Kai: History and Mystery of the Iconic Tiki Restaurant.”

These are not merely cut-and-pasted recipes. As longtime followers know, we put every recipe to the test and include detailed instructions and photos, along with ingredient recommendations and reviews. We hope you enjoy this new resource, which we plan to expand even more in the coming months and years. Coming next: An ingredient guide, plus ratings for every drink!

Jump to: Recipes A through Z

See below: Recipes by category
Don the Beachcomber
Trader Vic’s
The Mai-Kai (authentic)
The Mai-Kai (tributes)
Beachbum Berry
Martin Cate
Brian Miller
The Atomic Grog
Disney Parks

Drink styles: 151 Swizzle | Daiquiri | Hurricane | Mai Tai | Zombie | Winter holidays

NEW & UPDATED
* Appleton Reserve Daiquiri (Joy Spence / Appleton Estate Rum)

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RECIPES A THROUGH Z

You’ll find many Tiki classics on this list, from traditional versions to 21st century reinterpretations. Don the Beachcomber and The Mai-Kai are the focus, but there are plenty of non-traditional and even some non-Tiki tipples that will appeal to the broader drinking public.

Total recipes: 212

* 151 Swizzle (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* 151 Swizzle (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* 1862 Rhum Punch (Kern Mattei, The Mai-Kai / The Hukilau 2015)
* 2070 Swizzle (Martin Cate / Smuggler’s Cove)

A
* Admiral Vernon’s Flagship (Grady Johnson / The Hukilau 2011 cocktail contest)
* Allspicy Daiquiri (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Altered State Zombie (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Appleton Reserve Daiquiri (Joy Spence / Appleton Estate Rum)
* Atomic Mai Tai Cocktail (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Atomic Painkiller (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Atomic Zombie Cocktail (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)

B
* Backscratcher (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort)
* Banana Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Barrel O’ Rum (The Mai-Kai / Beachbum Berry’s Taboo Table)
* Beachcomber’s Gold (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Big Bamboo (The Mai-Kai / Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Black Magic (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Blood Orange & Sand (Freddy Diaz of AlambiQ Mixology / 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival)
* Blue Bayou (Brian Miller / Rhum Barbancourt / Served at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2019)
* Blue Ricardo (Fairweather, San Diego)
* Bora Bora (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Broken Storm (Steve Yamada, New Orleans)

C
* Captain’s Blood (Traditional)
* Captivation (Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco / Served at The Hukilau 2016 / The Atomic Grog tribute)
* Cesar’s Rum Punch (Joseph Cesar, Grand Hotel Oloffson / Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean)
* Chief Lapu Lapu (Traditional / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Chocolate Snowflake (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Cobra’s Fang (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Cobra’s Kiss (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Colonial Grog (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Cotton Mouth Killer (Trailer Happiness / Served at The Hukilau 2018 / The Atomic Grog tribute)
* Cuban Daiquiri (Traditional)

D
* Daiquiri (Traditional)
* Deep Sea Diver (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Demerara 80 Swizzle (Jeff “Beachbum” Berry of Latitude 29 in New Orleans / Served at The Hukilau 2015 / The Atomic Grog tribute)
* Demerara Cocktail (The Mai-Kai / Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Demerara Cocktail (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Demerara Dry Float (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica)
* Demerara Flip (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Demerara Float (The Mai-Kai / Mr. Lemon Hart’s Tropical Treats)
* Demerara Float (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Derby Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Devil’s Island Daiquiri (Jeff “Beachbum” Berry / Food & Wine)
* Doctor Funk (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica)
* Doctor Funk (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Dr. Fong (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Donga Punch (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Don Q Cocktail (The Mai-Kai / Served at Miami Rum Festival 2014 / Reinterpreted by The Atomic Grog)
* Don’s Own Planter’s (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Don’s Pearl (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Don’s Special Daiquiri (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)

E
* El Dorado Mai Tai (Robert Krueger of Extra Fancy in Brooklyn)
* Escape Pod (Kahuna Kevin’s Tiki Cocktails, Vol. III)

F
* Five Island Fizz (David Delaney for Angostura Rum / Served at The Hukilau 2013)
* Floridita Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai / Cocktail.com)
* Formidable Dragon (Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco / Served at The Hukilau 2015 / The Atomic Grog tribute)
* Frankie’s Tiki Room Zombie (Liquid Vacation: 77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas)

G
* The Ghost Host (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Gill-Man Grog (James Masterson)
* Ginger Grant (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Good Head (Ian “Rum Ambassador” Burrell / Served at Miami Rum Festival 2014)
* Greedo in Paradise (Brian Miller / Tiki Mondays With Miller / Served at The Hukilau 2016)
* Guyanese Zombie (Helena Tiare Olsen, A Mountain of Crushed Ice / PKNY via Professor Cocktail’s Zombie Horde)

H
* Hanalei Bay (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Hapa Holidaze (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Haitian Frolic (Brian Miller / Tiki Mondays With Miller / Served at The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at SoBeWFF 2016)
* Henry & John (Martin Cate / Smuggler’s Cove)
* Hidden Pearl (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Hot Buttered Rum (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Hotel Nacional Special (Charles H. Baker / The Gentleman’s Companion and Erik Adkins, San Francisco / The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique by Jeffrey Morgenthaler)
* The Hukilau (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Hurricane Caesar (Joe Cammarata of Backbar, Sommerville, Mass. / For Tales of the Cocktail 2014)

I
* Impatient Virgin (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Island of Martinique Cocktail (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean)
* Island Queen (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)

J
* Jack Sparrow’s Rum Barrel (Pablus / The Hukilau 2011 cocktail contest)
* Jamaican Bad Decisions (Jeanie Grant of Pagan Idol / Iron TikiTender competition)
* Jet Pilot (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Jungle Bird (Traditional via Beachbum Berry Remixed / Variation by David Delaney for Angostura Rum)
* Jungle Fogg (David McCauley of Knoxville, Tenn. / The Hukilau 2013 cocktail contest)

K
* Kilauea Iki (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* K.O. Cooler (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Koko Kahuna (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Kona Coffee Grog (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Kulau Kapu (Lucky the Painproof Man of Pittsburgh / The Hukilau 2013 cocktail contest)

L
* La Floridita Daiquiri (Bar La Florida / Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails)
* La Guildive (Martin Cate / Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki)
* Last Rites (The Mai-Kai / Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Last Rites (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Liquid Gold (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Lost Lake (Paul McGee / Lost Lake, Chicago)
* Lost Treasure (Syd Thomas / Tonga Hut, Los Angeles / Exotica Moderne magazine)

M
* Mai-Kai Blizzard (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* The Mai-Kai Hurricane (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* The Mai-Kai Moai (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Mai-Kai Special (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Mai-Kai Swizzle (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Miami Swizzle (Freddy Diaz of AlambiQ Mixology / Served at Miami Rum Festival 2014)
* Mai Tai (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Mai Tai (Traditional / Adapted by Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove)
* Mai Ta-IPA (By Jacob Grier, Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer / Adapted by 5 Minutes of Rum and The Atomic Grog)
* Makani Pahili (Skipper Mickey of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto / Iron TikiTender competition)
* Mara-Amu (The Mai-Kai / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Martin Cate’s Punch (Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove / Created for the 10th anniversary of Tiki Oasis)
* Martinique Milk Punch (Saveur magazine)
* Martinique Milk Punch (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* The Master Ninja (Jeff “Beachbum” Berry of Latitude 29 in New Orleans / Served at The Hukilau 2016)
* Merchant’s Mai Tai (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Missionary’s Downfall (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Molokai Mike (Trader Vic’s)
* Molokai Swizzle (The Mai-Kai / The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at SoBeWFF 2015)
* The Monaco (Mount Gay Rum)
* Montego Bay (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Moon Barrel (Joe Desmond / The Hukilau 2011 cocktail contest)
* Moonkist Coconut (The Mai-Kai / Esquire magazine)
* The Morning After (Yani Frye / Angostura Rum)
* Mutiny (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Mystery Gardenia (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)

N-O
* Navy Grog (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Navy Grog (The Ancient Mariner) (Trader Vic’s / Adapted by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry)
* Never Say Die (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Nu Nui Nui (Daniele Dalla Pola / Nu Lounge Bar in Bologna, Italy)
* Oh Mai Darling (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Oh So Deadly (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)

P
* Painkiller (Pusser’s Rum)
* Pain Reliever (Brian Miller / Tiki Mondays With Miller / The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at SoBeWFF 2015 / The Atomic Grog tribute)
* Pampanito (Martin Cate / Smuggler’s Cove)
* Papeete Paralyzer (Damon Bolte / Served at The Hukilau 2010)
* Paradise City (Rhum Barbancourt / The Hukilau 2016)
* Passion Fontaine (Freddy Diaz and Julio Cabrera of AlambiQ Mixology / Served at Miami Rum Festival 2014)
* Pearl Diver’s Punch (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Penang Afrididi (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Pieces of Eight (Pieces of Eight in Marina Del Rey, Calif. / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Piña Colada (Traditional variation)
* Piña Colada (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Pineapple Express (Jim Kearns of The Happiest Hour in New York City / InStyle)
* Pineapple Paradise (The Hawaiian Room in the Hotel Lexington, New York City / Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica)
* Pineapple Surprise (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Pi Yi (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Plantation Mai Tai (Julie Reiner / Lani Kai and Clover Club, New York City)
* Planters Punch (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Planter’s Punch (Jasper LeFranc of the Bay Roc Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica / Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails)
* Planter’s Punch (Traditional / Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean)
* The Powderkeg (Blair Frodelius / The Hukilau 2011 cocktail contest)
* Puka-Puka Punch (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean)
* Pupule Punch (The Mai-Kai / The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at SoBeWFF 2016)

Q
* Q.B. Cooler (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log)
* Q.B. Cooler (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Queen’s Road Cocktail (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)

R
* The Rain Barrel (George Jenkins / The Hukilau 2011 cocktail contest)
* Rebel With a Cause (Denizen Rum)
* Red Tide (Jeff “Beachbum” Berry / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Restless Native (Jeff “Beachbum” Berry / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Rum Julep (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Rum Julep (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Rum Pot (Traditional / Adapted by Beachbum Berry)
* Rum Rat Pack Punch (Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove / Served at The Hukilau 2011)

S
* Samoan Grog (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Santero’s Elixir (Kern Mattei, The Mai-Kai / 2016 Miami Rum Festival party)
* Scorpion Bowl (Trader Vic’s)
* Secret Santa Flip (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Shark Bite (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Shark’s Tooth (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Shark’s Tooth (Based on Tiger Shark by Tony Ramos of the China Trader via Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari / Variation by PKNY, New York City)
* Shrunken Skull (The Mai-Kai / Mr. Lemon Hart’s Tropical Treats / Beachbum Berry Remixed and Sippin’ Safari) UPDATED
* Shrunken Skull (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog) UPDATED
* Sidewinder’s Fang (Lanai in San Mateo, Calif. / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Singapore Sling (2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival)
* Singapore Sling (The Essential Bartender’s Guide by Robert Hess)
* Singapore Sling (Freddy Diaz of AlambiQ Mixology / 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival)
* Skull & Bones (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari) NEW
* S.O.S. (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Special Planters Punch (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Special Reserve Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Spicy Hula Girl (Kern Mattei, The Mai-Kai / Served at The Hukilau 2016)
* Strawberry Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Suffering Bastard (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Sumatra Kula (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Sweet Micky (The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach / Served at The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at SoBeWFF 2016 / The Atomic Grog tribute)

T
* Tahitian (Jeff “Beachbum” Berry / Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log)
* Tahitian Breeze (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Tahitian Coffee (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Tahitian Rum Punch (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Tahitian Rum Punch (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Test Pilot (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Test Pilot (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Three Dots and a Dash (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Three Dots and a Dash (Paul McGee for Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago / Punch)
* Three Dots and a Dash (Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago / Served at The Hukilau 2017)
* Tiki Swizzle (The Mai-Kai)
* Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum (Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar)
* The Trader’s Polynesian Aloha Grog (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Tukupi’s Cup (John Tremain and Matt Anderson of Seattle / The Hukilau 2013 cocktail contest)
* Tutu Rum Punch (Trader Vic’s)

U
* Uh Oa! (Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar / The Atomic Grog tribute)
* The Undead Gentleman (Martin Cate / Smuggler’s Cove)
* Unisphere (Thomas Mario / Playboy’s Host & Bar Book)

V
* Val’s Daiquiri (Valentin González, New York City / The New York Times)
* Vicious Virgin (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Vicious Virgin #2 and #3 (Beachbum Berry Remixed and The Atomic Grog)
* Virgin Island Kula (Ray Buhen of the Tiki-Ti in Los Angeles / Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean)

W
* Wicked Wahine (Brice Ginardi of Hawaii and California / Imbibe)
* Witch Doctor (Jasper LeFranc of the Bay Roc Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica)
* Winter Daiquiri (Mindy Kucan of Hale Pele in Portland / Cocktail Virgin)

X-Y-Z
* Xanté Pear Sidecar (Freddy Diaz of AlambiQ Mixology / 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival)
* Yeoman’s Grog (The Mai-Kai tribute / Steve Wahlin)
* Zacapa Hurricane (Danny Valdez / Ron Zacapa Rum)
* Zombie (1934) (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Zombie (1950) (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Zombie (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Zula #1 and #2 (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)

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RECIPES BY CATEGORY

Don the Beachcomber (40)

A vintage Don the Beachcomber menuA former rum-runner and Hollywood hanger-on named Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt changed the way the world approached rum and tropical cocktails when he opened the first Don the Beachcomber in 1933 on the heels of Prohibition. This South Seas paradise was no mere marketing ploy. The wildly creative barkeep went all-in, changing his name to Donn Beach and creating a template for exotic cocktails and themed tropical establishments that influenced everyone who followed. Donn’s legend, along with his complex cocktails, were cloaked in secrecy for decades until author and influential Tiki revivalist Jeff “Beachbum” Berry unearthed and decoded his recipes. Donn’s influence can still be felt today, from The Mai-Kai (where many of his secret recipes have been painstakingly preserved for 60+ years) to a new generation of bars that continue to serve the classics with reverence. The only remnants of the worldwide Beachcomber empire are at the Royal Kona Resort in Hawaii, where Donn moved in 1946 (he died in 1989). More recently, a restaurant with the U.S. rights to the Don the Beachcomber name became a cornerstone of the Southern California scene until it closed its Huntington Beach location. A new venue is reportedly in the works.

* 151 Swizzle (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Beachcomber’s Gold (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Cobra’s Fang (Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Colonial Grog (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Demerara Dry Float (Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica)
* Donga Punch (Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Don’s Own Planter’s (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Don’s Pearl (Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Don’s Special Daiquiri (Beachbum Berry Remixed)

* Doctor Funk (Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica)
* Doctor Funk (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Island of Martinique Cocktail (Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean)
* Kona Coffee Grog (Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Missionary’s Downfall (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Montego Bay (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Mystery Gardenia (Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Navy Grog (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Never Say Die (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Pearl Diver’s Punch (Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)

* Penang Afrididi (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Pineapple Surprise (Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Pi Yi (Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Planters Punch (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Puka-Puka Punch (Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean)
* Q.B. Cooler (Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log)
* Q.B. Cooler (Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Queen’s Road Cocktail (Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Rum Julep (Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Shark’s Tooth (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Skull & Bones (Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari) NEW

* Sumatra Kula (Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Tahitian Coffee (Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Tahitian Rum Punch (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Tahitian Rum Punch (Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Test Pilot ( Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Test Pilot ( Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Three Dots and a Dash (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Vicious Virgin (Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Zombie (1934) (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Zombie (1950) (Beachbum Berry Remixed)

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Trader Vic’s (4)
Victor “Trader Vic” Bergeron (1902-1984) was one of many restaurateurs who took the ball from Don the Beachcomber and ran with it in the 1930s. Unlike most who fell by the wayside, Vic stood the test of time, and his family-operated brand still boasts 19 restaurants around the world. Most of the new locations are in the Middle East, but classic Trader Vic’s restaurants still exist in London; Tokyo; Munich; Atlanta and Emeryville, Calif.
Official site: TraderVics.com

* Molokai Mike (Trader Vic’s Tiki Party)
* Navy Grog (The Ancient Mariner) (Trader Vic’s / Adapted by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry)
* Scorpion Bowl (Trader Vic’s Tiki Party)
* Tutu Rum Punch (Trader Vic’s Tiki Party)

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The Mai-Kai (authentic) (17)

Owner Dave Levy shows off the new menu. (Facebook photo)

Owner Dave Levy shows off The Mai-Kai’s new cocktail menu in May 2018. (Facebook photo)

When fledgling restaurateurs Bob and Jack Thornton opened the historic Fort Lauderdale restaurant in late December 1956, they took more than inspiration from the acclaimed Don the Beachcomber outpost in their native Chicago. They also found a general manger, a chef, and a head mixologist. Working with the Thorntons, veteran barman Mariano Licudine took Donn Beach’s recipes and perfected them over the next 20+ years, adding his own distinctive touch. The Mai-Kai is still going strong, faithfully following the high standards of their late owners and master mixologist.
Official sites: MaiKai.com | Facebook page | Instagram
Friends of The Mai-Kai Facebook group
On The Atomic Grog: Tiki bar of the week: The Molokai lounge
* The Mai-Kai updates bar menu, adds classic ‘lost’ cocktail
* The Mai-Kai is here to stay: 10 reasons why we love the historic South Fla. restaurant
* Tour of The Mai-Kai’s mysterious bars and kitchen (with photos)

* 1862 Rhum Punch (The Hukilau 2015)
* Banana Daiquiri (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Barrel O’ Rum (Beachbum Berry’s Taboo Table)
* Big Bamboo (Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Demerara Cocktail (Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Demerara Float (Mr. Lemon Hart’s Tropical Treats)
* Derby Daiquiri (Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Floridita Daiquiri (Cocktail.com)
* Last Rites (Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari)
* Mara-Amu (Beachbum Berry Remixed)

* Molokai Swizzle (The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at SoBeWFF 2015)
* Moonkist Coconut (Esquire magazine)
* Pupule Punch (The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at SoBeWFF 2016)
* Santero’s Elixir (2016 Miami Rum Festival party)
* Shrunken Skull (Mr. Lemon Hart’s Tropical Treats / Beachbum Berry Remixed and Sippin’ Safari) UPDATED
* Spicy Hula Girl (Served at The Hukilau 2016)
* Tiki Swizzle

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The Mai-Kai (tributes) (42)

A 1958 ad for The Mai-Kai featuring Mariano Licudine

A 1958 ad for The Mai-Kai featuring master mixologist Mariano Licudine.

The Mai-Kai’s original head bartender, Mariano Licudine, kept his recipes secret and his staff hidden from view in back bars, just like his longtime boss, Don the Beachcomber. More than 60 years after opening in Fort Lauderdale, this historic restaurant still maintains the same mid-century standards and commitment to secrecy. Aided by the research of Beachbum Berry, The Atomic Grog has taken many of Donn Beach’s original classics and tweaked them to fit the flavor profile of The Mai-Kai. When no “ancestor recipe” was available, we reverse engineered the recipes based on our extensive experience imbibing and rating every cocktail on the menu. Home bartenders across the globe joined the party, and over the years the popularity of these “tribute recipes” has continued to grow. In June 2018, Hurricane Hayward shared his knowledge in a sold-out Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy class, “How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai,” at The Hukilau 2018. A follow-up class, “The Rums of The Mai-Kai,” is planned for The Huiklau 2019 in June.
On The Atomic Grog: The Okole Maluna Society: The Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide
* The Mai-Kai’s tropical drink family tree
* The rich history and lost stories of The Mai-Kai

Black Magic tribute by The Atomic Grog. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, February 2017)

Black Magic tribute by The Atomic Grog. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, February 2017)

* 151 Swizzle
* Black Magic
* Bora Bora
* Chocolate Snowflake
* Cobra’s Kiss
* Deep Sea Diver
* Demerara Cocktail
* Demerara Float
* Don Q Cocktail
* Dr. Fong

* Hanalei Bay
* Hidden Pearl
* Hot Buttered Rum
* The Hukilau
* Impatient Virgin
* Island Queen
* Jet Pilot
* K.O. Cooler
* Last Rites
* Liquid Gold

Special Reserve Daiquiri tribute by The Atomic Grog, July 2012

Special Reserve Daiquiri tribute by The Atomic Grog, July 2012. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

* Mai-Kai Blizzard
* Mai-Kai Special
* Mai-Kai Swizzle
* Mai Tai
* Martinique Milk Punch
* Mutiny
* Oh So Deadly
* Piña Colada
* Rum Julep
* Samoan Grog

* Shark Bite
* Shrunken Skull UPDATED
* S.O.S.
* Special Planters Punch
* Special Reserve Daiquiri
* Strawberry Daiquiri
* Suffering Bastard
* Tahitian Breeze
* Yeoman’s Grog
* Zombie
* Zula #1 and #2

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Jeff “Beachbum” Berry (53)

Beachbum Berry demonstrates how to make a proper Zombie at The Mai-Kai during his symposium at The Hukilau in April 2012

Beachbum Berry demonstrates how to make a proper Zombie at The Mai-Kai during his symposium at The Hukilau in April 2012. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

This list includes recipes from the Tiki cocktail archaeologist and author’s many books, plus some served at special events and at his New Orleans bar, Latitude 29. His research was instrumental in not only the modern Tiki cocktail revival, but the creation of this blog’s Mai-Kai cocktail guide. It’s safe to say that a majority of the recipes on this entire list would not exist if it were not for the man we lovingly call “the Bum.”
Official sites: BeachbumBerry.com | Latitude29NOLA.com
Buy the Bum’s books and app: Sippin’ Safari (10th anniversary edition) | Potions of the Caribbean | Remixed | Taboo Table | Total Tiki (iPhone and iPad)
More: Barware from Cocktail Kingdom
On The Atomic Grog: Website of the week | Latitude 29 profile | Take 5 interview
* Jeff Berry proves he’s never too busy to be a ‘Beachbum’
* ‘Potions of the Caribbean’ cruises back to the birthplace of Tiki cocktails
* Beachbum Berry digs deep to unearth vintage Zombies, more ‘Potions of the Caribbean’

* 151 Swizzle (Don the Beachcomber)
* Banana Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai)
* Barrel O’ Rum (The Mai-Kai)
* Beachcomber’s Gold (Don the Beachcomber)
* Big Bamboo (The Mai-Kai)
* Cesar’s Rum Punch (Joseph Cesar, Grand Hotel Oloffson)
* Chief Lapu Lapu (Traditional)
* Colonial Grog (Don the Beachcomber)
* Demerara 80 Swizzle (The Atomic Grog tribute)
* Demerara Cocktail (The Mai-Kai)
* Demerara Dry Float (Don the Beachcomber)

* Derby Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai)
* Devil’s Island Daiquiri (Beachbum Berry original)
* Donga Punch (Don the Beachcomber)
* Don’s Own Planter’s (Don the Beachcomber)
* Don’s Special Daiquiri (Don the Beachcomber)
* Doctor Funk (1937) (Don the Beachcomber)
* Doctor Funk (1953) (Don the Beachcomber)
* Island of Martinique Cocktail (Don the Beachcomber)
* Last Rites (The Mai-Kai)
* Mara-Amu (The Mai-Kai)

* Missionary’s Downfall (Don the Beachcomber)
* Montego Bay (Don the Beachcomber)
* Navy Grog (Don the Beachcomber)
* Navy Grog (The Ancient Mariner) (Trader Vic’s)
* Never Say Die (Don the Beachcomber)
* Pearl Diver’s Punch (Don the Beachcomber)
* Penang Afrididi (Don the Beachcomber)
* Pieces of Eight (Pieces of Eight in Marina Del Rey, Calif.)
* Pineapple Paradise (The Hawaiian Room in the Hotel Lexington, New York City)
* Planters Punch (Don the Beachcomber)

* Planter’s Punch (Traditional)
* Puka-Puka Punch (Don the Beachcomber)
* Q.B. Cooler (1937) (Don the Beachcomber)
* Q.B. Cooler (1941) (Don the Beachcomber)
* Queen’s Road Cocktail (Don the Beachcomber)
* Red Tide (Beachbum Berry original)
* Restless Native (Beachbum Berry original)
* Rum Pot (Traditional / Adapted by Beachbum Berry)
* Rum Julep (Don the Beachcomber)
* Shark’s Tooth (Don the Beachcomber)

* Shrunken Skull (The Mai-Kai / Mr. Lemon Hart’s Tropical Treats) UPDATED
* Sidewinder’s Fang (Lanai in San Mateo, Calif.)
* Skull & Bones (Don the Beachcomber) NEW
* Sumatra Kula (Don the Beachcomber)
* Tahitian (Beachbum Berry original)
* Tahitian Rum Punch (Don the Beachcomber)
* Test Pilot (Don the Beachcomber)
* Three Dots and a Dash (Don the Beachcomber)
* Vicious Virgin #2 (Pago Pago in Tucson)
* Virgin Island Kula (Ray Buhen of the Tiki-Ti in Los Angeles)
* Zombie (1934) (Don the Beachcomber)
* Zombie (1950) (Don the Beachcomber)

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Martin Cate and Smuggler’s Cove (10)

Martin Cate and Rebecca Cate kick off their book tour at The Mai-Kai in June 2016. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)

Martin Cate and Rebecca Cate kick off their Smuggler’s Cove book tour at The Mai-Kai in June 2016. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

An influential figure in both the Tiki and craft cocktail scenes, Cate raised tropical mixology to new heights with his San Francisco rum bar, which opened in 2009. The award-winning venue inspired an award-winning book that encapsulates the modern Tiki revival and elevates this under-appreciated genre to a science.
Official site: SmugglersCoveSF.com
Buy the book: Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki
On The Atomic Grog: Book release | Smuggler’s Cove profile | Take 5 interview
* ‘Rum Rat Pack’ starts a revolution at Hukilau 2011

* 2070 Swizzle (Circa 2013 / Updated in Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki)
* Captivation (Served at The Hukilau 2016 / The Atomic Grog tribute)
* Formidable Dragon (Served at The Hukilau 2015 / The Atomic Grog tribute / Official recipe in Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki)
* Henry & John (Wine Enthusiast)
* La Guildive (Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki)
* Mai Tai (Circa 2013 / Updated in Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki)
* Martin Cate’s Punch (Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove / Created for the 10th anniversary of Tiki Oasis)
* Pampanito (YouTube, circa 2012; later appeared in Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki)
* The Undead Gentleman (From Professor Cocktail’s Zombie Horde, 2013 / Updated in Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki)
* Rum Rat Pack Punch (Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove / Served at The Hukilau 2011)

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Brian Miller (4)

Brian Miller (Tiki Mondays With Miller, New York City)

Brian Miller (Tiki Mondays With Miller, New York City) mixes up cocktails during the Tiki Tower Takeover at The Hukilau 2015. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

Representing a new, freewheeling approach to Tiki cocktails, New York City’s Brian Miller has been influential in the recent history of craft and tropical cocktails on the East Coast. In 2011, he created arguably the first modern Tiki pop-up bar, Tiki Mondays With Miller, in New York City. Miller represents Rhum Barbancourt and is a regular at events such as The Hukilau and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where he won the inaugural Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown in 2015. When it came time to finally launch his own bar and restaurant, he did it in grand style, partnering with a major NYC restaurant group to open The Polynesian on the rooftop of The POD Hotel in Times Square in 2018.
Social media: Facebook | Instagram
On The Atomic Grog: The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown 2015
* Tiki Tower Takeover at The Hukilau: 2015 | 2016

* Blue Bayou (Served at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2019)
* Greedo in Paradise (Served at The Hukilau 2016)
* Haitian Frolic (Served at The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at SoBeWFF 2016)
* Pain Reliever (The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at SoBeWFF 2015 / The Atomic Grog tribute)

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The Atomic Grog (60)
Humbly submitted, here are some of our original creations and a long list tribute recipes inspired by our little neighborhood Tiki bar, The Mai-Kai. The influence of the world’s most acclaimed mid-century Polynesian palace cannot be denied, but we’ve thrown in a few curveballs to keep things interesting.

Hurricane Hayward (right), with assistance from Nik Satterfield, mixes his Atomic Zombie Cocktail during the Zombie Jamboree at The Mai-Kai in April 2011. (Atomic Grog photo)

Hurricane Hayward (right), with assistance from Nik Satterfield, mixes his Atomic Zombie Cocktail during the Zombie Jamboree at The Mai-Kai in April 2011. (Atomic Grog photo)

* 151 Swizzle (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Altered State Zombie (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Allspicy Daiquiri (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Atomic Mai Tai Cocktail (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Atomic Painkiller (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Atomic Zombie Cocktail (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Black Magic (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Bora Bora (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Chocolate Snowflake (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Cobra’s Kiss (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Deep Sea Diver (The Mai-Kai tribute)

* Demerara Cocktail (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Demerara Flip (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Demerara Float (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Dr. Fong (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* The Ghost Host (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Ginger Grant (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Habanero Lime Margarita (Walt Disney World / The Atomic Grog tribute)
* Hanalei Bay (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Hapa Holidaze (Hurricane Hayward original)

The Mai-Kai Hurricane is served by manager Kern Mattei in April 2014

The Mai-Kai Hurricane is served by manager Kern Mattei in April 2014. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

* Hidden Pearl (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Hot Buttered Rum (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* The Hukilau (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Impatient Virgin (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Island Queen (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Jet Pilot (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Kilauea Iki (Hurricane Hayward original)
* K.O. Cooler (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Koko Kahuna (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Last Rites (The Mai-Kai tribute)

* Liquid Gold (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Mai-Kai Blizzard (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* The Mai-Kai Hurricane (Hurricane Hayward original)
* The Mai-Kai Moai (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Mai-Kai Special (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Mai-Kai Swizzle (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Mai Tai (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Mai Ta-IPA (By Jacob Grier, Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer / Adapted by Kevin Upthegrove and Hurricane Hayward)
* Martinique Milk Punch (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Merchant’s Mai Tai (Hurricane Hayward original)

Hurricane Hayward serves up his tribute to the S.O.S. during his Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy class, How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai, during The Hukilau 2018 in Fort Lauderdale

Hurricane Hayward serves up his tribute to the S.O.S. during his Okole Maluna Cocktail Academy class, How to Mix Like The Mai-Kai, during The Hukilau 2018 in Fort Lauderdale . (Atomic Grog photo)

* Mutiny (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Oh Mai Darling (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Oh So Deadly (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Piña Colada (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Rum Julep (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Samoan Grog (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Secret Santa Flip (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Shark Bite (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Shrunken Skull (The Mai-Kai tribute) UPDATED
* S.O.S. (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Special Planters Punch (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Special Reserve Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai tribute)

* Strawberry Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Suffering Bastard (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Tahitian Breeze (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* The Trader’s Polynesian Aloha Grog (Hurricane Hayward original)
* Vicious Virgin #3 (Adapted from Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Zombie (The Mai-Kai tribute)
* Zula #1 and #2 (The Mai-Kai tribute)

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Disney Parks (9)

A guilty pleasure to be sure, cocktails at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts have improved by leaps and bounds in recent years. The addition of the Trader Sam’s Tiki bars on both coasts has a lot to do with this assessment, but visit any Disney park and you’ll find that the craft cocktail ethos is being embraced far more widely that one would expect.
Official sites: Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar | Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
Facebook groups: Trader Sam’s Coast To Coast | Trader Sam’s Mug Trading
On The Atomic Grog:
* Tambu Lounge at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
* Epcot Food and Wine Festival continues to deliver delicious bites, a bounty of booze
* Miami mixologist shows how to jazz up your cocktails at Epcot Food and Wine Festival
* Disney raises the bar for cocktails at Epcot Food and Wine Festival
* Cocktails come of age at Epcot Food and Wine Festival

* Backscratcher (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort)
* Blood Orange & Sand (Freddy Diaz of AlambiQ Mixology / 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival)
* Habanero Lime Margarita (Walt Disney World / The Atomic Grog tribute)
* Singapore Sling (2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival)
* Singapore Sling (Freddy Diaz of AlambiQ Mixology / 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival)
* Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum (Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar)
* The Trader’s Polynesian Aloha Grog (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Uh Oa! (Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar / The Atomic Grog tribute)
* Xanté Pear Sidecar (Freddy Diaz of AlambiQ Mixology / 2012 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival)

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DRINK STYLES

There are some cocktails that transcend the rum and Tiki genres, yet also please the purists. Master these drinks and you’ll be the hit of any party.

The holy grail of Tiki mixing rums: A bottle of Lemon Hart 151 from the early 2000s, when the label was owned by Pernod Ricard. It makes one hell of a 151 Swizzle. (Atomic Grog photo, September 2016)

A 151 Swizzle featuring the holy grail of Tiki mixing rums: A bottle of Lemon Hart 151 from the early 2000s. (Atomic Grog photo, September 2016)

151 Swizzle (4)

It looks unassuming in its modest metal cup, certainly no match for potent brethren such as the Rum Barrel or Jet Pilot. But don’t let its small stature fool you. Next to the Zombie, the 151 Swizzle may be Don the Beachcomber’s crowning achievement in the deadly cocktail sweepstakes. This compact concoction is packed with flavor (and potent rum). While the broader “swizzle” category can be more diverse and unpredictable, drinks featuring a healthy dose of 151 rum (or something similar), made in the spirit of Donn’s original, rise to the top of the tropical canon.

* 151 Swizzle (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* 151 Swizzle (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* 2070 Swizzle (Martin Cate / Smuggler’s Cove)
* Demerara 80 Swizzle (Beachbum Berry tribute / The Atomic Grog)

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Cuban Daiquiri tribute by The Atomic Grog

Cuban Daiquiri tribute by The Atomic Grog. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, May 2013)

Daiquiri (17)
With all due respect to other classics, this simple combination of rum, lime, and sugar may very well be the perfect cocktail. While its exact origin can be debated, the consensus is that it sprang from Cuba in the early 20th century as a refreshing vehicle to spotlight that nation’s outstanding cane spirits. Tiki’s pioneers took this simple template and ran with it, but there’s nothing quite like a stripped-down Daiquiri. Or any of the many extrapolations, including the less-respected frozen variety. There’s a good reason Daiquiri recipes easily outnumber all others on The Atomic Grog.

* Allspicy Daiquiri (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Appleton Reserve Daiquiri (Joy Spence / Appleton Estate Rum)
* Banana Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Cuban Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai tribute / Traditional)
* Daiquiri (Traditional)
* Derby Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Devil’s Island Daiquiri (Jeff “Beachbum” Berry / Food & Wine)
* Don’s Special Daiquiri (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Floridita Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai / Cocktail.com)

* La Floridita Daiquiri (Bar La Florida / Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails)
* The Morning After (Yani Frye / Angostura Rum)
* Red Tide (Jeff “Beachbum” Berry / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Restless Native (Jeff “Beachbum” Berry / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Special Reserve Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Strawberry Daiquiri (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Val’s Daiquiri (Valentin González, New York City / The New York Times)
* Winter Daiquiri (Mindy Kucan of Hale Pele in Portland / Cocktail Virgin)

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Hurricane (4)
The original Hurricane, a New Orleans party drink with only tenuous ties to Tiki, has some great bones. With the right touch, it can blow you away with its intensity and envelope you with a storm surge of exotic flavors.

* Hurricane Caesar (Joe Cammarata of Backbar, Sommerville, Mass. / For Tales of the Cocktail 2014)
* The Mai-Kai Hurricane (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Makani Pahili (Skipper Mickey of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto / Iron TikiTender competition)
* Zacapa Hurricane (Danny Valdez / Ron Zacapa Rum)

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Atomic Mai Tai Cocktail featuring Chairman’s Reserve Original rum and Latitude 29 Formula Orgeat. Matchbook from the old Trader Vic’s at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, September 2018)

Mai Tai (8)
Considered by many to be the ultimate exotic cocktail, this 1940s classic created by Trader Vic remains arguably Tiki’s flagship drink after all these years and is still as popular as ever.
* Florida bartender wins Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Challenge at The Mai-Kai

* Atomic Mai Tai Cocktail (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* El Dorado Mai Tai (Robert Krueger of Extra Fancy in Brooklyn)
* Mai Tai (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Mai Tai (Traditional / Adapted by Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove)
* Merchant’s Mai Tai (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Oh Mai Darling (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Plantation Mai Tai (Julie Reiner / Lani Kai and Clover Club, New York City)
* Mai Ta-IPA (By Jacob Grier, Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer / Adapted by Kevin Upthegrove and Hurricane Hayward)

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Special Planters Punch tribute by The Atomic Grog, February 2014

Special Planters Punch tribute by The Atomic Grog, February 2014. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

Planters Punch (6)
The inspiration for many of Don the Beachcomber’s “rhum rhapsodies,” this Caribbean classic dates back centuries to the very origins of combining rum, lime, and sugar in a punch bowl. The modern version was perfected in Jamaica and raised to new heights by Donn Beach and his progeny.

* Cesar’s Rum Punch (Joseph Cesar, Grand Hotel Oloffson / Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean)
* Don’s Own Planter’s (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Planters Punch (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed)
* Planter’s Punch (Jasper LeFranc of the Bay Roc Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica / Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails)
* Planter’s Punch (Traditional / Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean)
* Special Planters Punch (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)

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Hurricane Hayward's Altered State ZombieZombie (8)
This mysterious and deadly concoction dates back to 1934 and the early days of Tiki. However, Don the Beachcomber’s recipe was a closely guarded secret until it was decoded by Beachbum Berry and published in Sippin’ Safari in 2007. Hurricane Hayward cites the Zombie as his all-time favorite cocktail, counting himself among the many who have been inspired to create their own modern tributes and alternative versions. It’s also The Atomic Grog’s No. 1 ranked drink at The Mai-Kai.
* The undead get lively at The Mai-Kai’s Hulaween party
* New book features 86 deadly Zombie recipes
* Zombie alert: 5 crucial things you need to know
* Rum Renaissance Zombie fest at The Mai-Kai

* Altered State Zombie (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Atomic Zombie Cocktail (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Frankie’s Tiki Room Zombie (Liquid Vacation: 77 Refreshing Tropical Drinks from Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas)
* Guyanese Zombie (Helena Tiare Olsen, A Mountain of Crushed Ice / PKNY via Professor Cocktail’s Zombie Horde)
* The Undead Gentleman (Martin Cate / Smuggler’s Cove)
* Zombie (1934) (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed and Sippin’ Safari)
* Zombie (1950) (Don the Beachcomber / Beachbum Berry Remixed and Sippin’ Safari)
* Zombie (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)

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Demerara Flip. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, December 2015)

Demerara Flip by The Atomic Grog. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, December 2015)

Winter holidays (12)
While there are some longtime classics on this list, the concept of winter cocktails in any modern senese is a relatively new development. Thanks to the blossoming seasonal pop-up bars – including the Miracle and Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Santa concepts – the craft and Tiki cocktail scenes have embraced the winter holidays will full abandon. Forget the eggnog, here are some recommended cocktails to serve at your next party.
* All the Miracle pop-up cocktails, reviewed and ranked

* Allspicy Daiquiri (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Chocolate Snowflake (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Demerara Flip (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Devil’s Island Daiquiri (Jeff “Beachbum” Berry / Food & Wine)
* Hapa Holidaze (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Hot Buttered Rum (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Kona Coffee Grog (Don the Beachcomber / Hawai’i – Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine)
* Mai-Kai Blizzard (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Martinique Milk Punch (Saveur magazine)
* Martinique Milk Punch (The Mai-Kai tribute / The Atomic Grog)
* Secret Santa Flip (Hurricane Hayward / The Atomic Grog)
* Winter Daiquiri (Mindy Kucan of Hale Pele in Portland / Cocktail Virgin)

Okole maluna!

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