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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Surrey Books (October 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572840366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572840362
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

TIKI DRINK BOOK WORSHIPS THE SPIRITS The recent wave of Tiki madness is in full swing as Polynesia meets pop culture, and Surrey Books has joined the party with TIKI DRINKS ($12.95, hardbound), a compilation of seventy classic and novel concoctions guaranteed to turn any party into a luau.

Tiki, a Polynesian term for carved wood amulets, figures and posts, first took hold after World War II when servicemen returned from the South Pacific, bringing home images of scantily clad natives and pounding drums that emblazoned the conformist 1950s culture.

While Tiki collectibles were once relegated to garage sales and flea markets, today’s trend has gone mainstream…and mass market. Macy’s East opened a decorated "Patio Luau" department complete with patterned plastic plates. On the other end of the island, Kmart, Savon Drugs and Home Depot sell tiki torches and figures for the yard. Ralph Lauren even sports a line of T-shirts with a wooden tiki idol ingrained with "Polo." For the ultimate in "Petiki," Bamboo Ben, who designs custom tiki bars, builds Polynesian-style dog huts and litter-box covers, complete with thatched canopy.

Of course, the craze has spread online with zines and sites featuring collectibles while eBay buyers haggle over mugs, recently paying $1,000 for one from Elvis Presley's movie Blue Hawaii. But a tiki mug means nothing unless it’s filled with a tropical drink topped off with a paper umbrella.

Author Adam Rocke stirs up seventy concoctions in Tiki Drinks, the definitive guide to mixing and shaking your way to paradise. Don’t know the difference between a pony and a jigger? The book offers simple tips on setting up a tiki bar including measurements, garnishes and liquors, and features recipes for old favorites like the Singapore Sling as well as some new additions like the Caicos Cooler.

Rocke, who also writes for Maxim and GQ, spent a year on Florida’s gulf coast, traveling to the islands and taking a "poll of the populars." Researching the local drinks was as much fun as writing about them, he recalls. "TIKI DRINKS is designed to bring the ocean to you if you can’t get to paradise."

Tiki artist and consummate hipster, Shag, provides the illustrations for Tiki Drinks. His clean, tight graphic style, reminiscent of '50s and '60s commercial art, has also been a hit with Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Forbes. Shag recently expanded into gallery work, and his latest piece, the Madonna of Kahiki, is nothing less than, well, "shagadelic."

Why tiki, and why now? The culture is as much lifestyle as it is art, and its revival may be an antidote to the frantic pace of a wired generation seeking comfort from a primitive haven at home. Perhaps the trend reflects a desire for a simpler time, tinged with a nostalgia that author Dennis Coupland, who coined the term Generation X, first described as a longing for experiences we never had, a hunger to be part of a previous generation.

Or a thirst…Tiki is really about tiki bars serving up flaming cocktails, and Gen X doesn’t have a lock on the fad: a president or two has been known to partake in "Politiki." Richard Nixon, for example, used to escape to Trader Vic’s for some daytime tropical ambiance along with his favorite drink: the Navy Grog. (151 proof rum definitely packs a presidential punch.)

Many bamboo-thatched bars and tiki-toriums are vanishing, but TIKI DRINKS provides all that’s needed for spirit lovers of all generations to set up shop at home. So kick back, hang a light and sip a drink…it’s tiki time.

From the Author

Dear Amazon shoppers...try these recipes and you'll be surfing.....
MUDSLIDE
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. Kahlua
1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add ingredients, and shake well. Strain into a chilled Cocktail glass.
*MUDSLIDE ON THE ROCKS – Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add ingredients, and shake well. Pour into an Old Fashioned glass.
**FROZEN MUDSLIDE – Blend all ingredients with 3-4 oz. of crushed ice until smooth and pour into a chilled Goblet or Hurricane glass.

PIÑA COLADA
1 1/2 oz. light rum
1 1/2 oz. cream of coconut
2 oz. pineapple chunks
2 oz. pineapple juice
Splash of cream
Blend all ingredients until smooth, pour into a chilled Collins glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.
*FROZEN PINA COLADA – Blend all ingredients with 3-4 oz. of crushed ice until smooth, pour into a chilled Goblet or Hurricane Glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.
**Numerous Pina Colada mixes are available.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Duvernois TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love the illustrations and it's a great, fun book, but the drinks are very weird, super-sweet new versions of Tiki classics. These are not the drinks from the first Tiki Bar movement, nor from the retro-Tiki Bar scene. They're college bar sweet drinks with the same names as the Tiki classics. Sorry, hate to say it, but they're really not right. Check out Sippin' Safari: In Search of the Great "Lost" Tropical Drink Recipes... and the People Behind Them for the not-over-sweetened versions. Or just enjoy the illustrations in this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hearse Queen on January 21, 2001
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If you reviewed this book on it's recipes alone, it's a winner, with tons of tropical treats sure to delight you and your friends at your next kitschy luau shindig. Easy to follow instructions and ingredient lists make mixing tasty exotic drinks a snap.
But what I truly dug about this book, is the artwork which illustrates the book by kulture kulture maven Shag. Shag, also known as Josh Agle (the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his last name make up his swanky alias) is well known in the kustom kulture set for his retro styled artwork, which evokes the feel of 50's and 60's magazine ads, and record covers. The vividly colored clean illustrations he's drawn that accompany the drink recipes are just marvelous.
A tall chic woman with a big red turban, brandishing a large bottle of Rum, super swanky cocktail bars with hipsters a plenty, this book is a real treat not only for the tastebuds, but for the eyes as well..
Since I've gotten it, I've noticed all my friends have grabby hands when placed in direct proximity of it. They have to pour over it, examining and exclaiming in joy at Shag's ultra kitschy cool artwork.
I personally feel that as Shag's artwork becomes more widely known, this book is going to become a real collectors item. Take it from me, and treat yourself to a copy today!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eye Of Mind on October 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Buy this book for Shag's art, not the drinks. These drinks are mostly modern sweet syrupy messes designed to please the moronic masses. Where is the appealing balance of sour and sweet? Not here! If you are serious about good tropical drinks, I suggest you seek out the Grog Log or Intoxica.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lacey Lane on February 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love tropical islands -- white sand beaches, azure blue waters, gentle trade winds -- and the many umbrella drinks you normally associate with them. I've been fortunate to visit many of them and Adam Rocke's book takes me back to each and every one whenever I mix up one of his fabulous concoctions. Shag's artwork is truly incredible, too. I've gone through the book cover-to-cover a number of times and I can't get enough.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By iBoozer.com on January 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It may not be Margaritaville, but you'll get a taste for the gentle Sea Breeze with this tribute to Tiki drinks. With 70 recipes featuring flavors from the Caribbean, you'll swear you can see Jimmy Buffet sailing out of a Pirates Cove into colorful Caribbean Sunsets. Feeling intimidated by the exotic nature of such drinks? No need to fear! Adam Rocke takes the time to list and explain the basic utensils, glassware and ingredients needed to create such tropical treats yourself. This book, along with a Mr. Turtle pool, and a few sun lamps is all anyone needs to go on a tropical vacation. It's sand-sational!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cliff norris on January 18, 2013
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Best part of this book is the illustrations by the artist Shag. Most of the recipes are not "true tiki", but, as a "coffee table" type book it is great.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erik White on April 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Great Book! I own a number of Tiki Drink Books and this is fast becomming one of my favorites. If you haven't yet, try mixing up a Horny Monkey. My wife says they are actually better if you double the rum.
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