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Tiki Cocktails to Make You Forget It’s Getting Cold AF

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Thanks to what we can assume is global warming, we have been enjoying summer-like temperatures long after we traditionally would. Then, for the northern parts of the country, it turned into winter overnight. (Those Game of Thrones folks lied to us, basically.) Many of us went from being able to sit outside and enjoy ourselves with a nice cocktail to wondering where the hell our other glove went.

Being stuck inside for the next few months (unless you’re winter outdoorsy, which if you are, make sure you mix up some flask cocktails then check out some great winter outdoor activities here) may seem daunting, but we’ve figured out a way to stave off the cabin fever the winter season might bring—tiki cocktails.

That’s right. If summer has to go away, then we’ll just bring it right back in a glass. Thanks to Marlo Gamora of Dante in New York City, we can do just that. Mixing these drinks up will help you forget that it sucks outside (if even for a little while).


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  • 1.5 oz Santa Teresa 1796
  • .75 oz Smith and Cross Jamaican Rum
  • .75 oz Passion fruit syrup
  • 1 oz Ruby red grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz Lime juice
  • .25 oz Don’s Spices #2 (cinnamon simple syrup and allspice liquor)

Method: Shake all ingredients and strain into a barrel mug with fresh ice. Garnish with mint top, lime wheel, orange wedge, and a cocktail umbrella.

Under the Swell

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  • 1 oz Banks 7 rum
  • 1 oz Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum
  • .5 oz Amontillado Sherry
  • .25 oz All spice dram
  • .25 oz Creme de banana
  • .5 oz Lime
  • .25 oz Honey
  • 1 dash Absinthe
  • 1 dash Tiki Bitters
  • Nutmeg

Method: Whip shake all ingredients and strain into a tiki mug with crushed ice. Garnish with mint top, lime wheel, swizzle stick and dusted nutmeg. 

Follow the Compass

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  • 2 oz Bacardi 8
  • .75 oz Don’s Mix*
  • .5 oz St-Germain French Elderflower Liqueur
  • .5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • .5 oz unsweetened pineapple juice

Method: Whip shake all ingredients and strain into a Mai Tai glass with crushed ice. Garnish with mint top, cherry, pineapple wedge and dusted cinnamon.

 *Don’s Mix 

  • 2 cups of white grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup of cinnamon simple syrup

Paper Boat

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Method: Shake all ingredients and double strain into a coupe. Garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel. 

Sam Slaughter
Sam Slaughter was the Food and Drink Editor for The Manual. Born and raised in New Jersey, he’s called the South home for…
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