Get Freaky with Tiki: 11 Tiki Cocktails Approved by the Polynesian Gods

Yum, yum, yum, and a bottle of rum! It usually only takes one look to spot a Tiki cocktail. The brightly hued, over-the-top summery spritzers utilize a rainbow of juices, Polynesian-themed glassware, and colorful garnishes galore. Oh, yeah, and lots and lots of rum, so they’re typically super strong. Warning: You may start drinking one at a stateside bar only to wake up days later on a Mexican beach with no recollection of how you got there. To help you cool down during the hot summertime months, we’ve compiled a list of 11 truly tremendous Tiki cocktails. Whether you wear a Hawaiian shirt or lei while you’re drinking them is totally up to you.

Bird of Prey, Hello Betty Fish House, Oceanside, California
Any cocktail served in a pineapple is A-OK our in book. The Bird of Prey is a buzzy blitz of rum, Campari, pineapple gomme syrup, and lemon juice. Just to clarify: you can’t eat your glass when you’re done with your cocktail.

HELLO BETTY FISH HOUSE - Bird of Prey

Blood of the Kapu Tiki, Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago, Illinois
Shiver our timbers! The gory-sounding-but-delicious Blood of the Kapu Tiki is a heady mix of aged rum, aged rhum agricole, grapefruit, lime, curacao, grenadine, absinthe, and Angostura bitters. “Sharks” swim in the icy slurry, so be careful when you sip.

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Holy Terroir, Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Morristown, New Jersey
We love paper umbrellas. When a cocktail arrives with one of those pretty parasols jutting out from its depths, we suddenly feel like we’re lying underneath a palm tree as an ocean breeze ruffles our hair. There’s one shading the side of the Holy Terroir, which unites rum, lime juice, golden falernum, and bitters.

Jockey Hollow_Holy Terroir

Jamaican Mule, Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, Rockville, Maryland
Twisting up Tiki tradition, these bartenders put a Spanish accent on their Jamaican Mule. Rum, allspice dram, lime, and ginger beer come together to create a buzzy beachside bevvie.

Jamaican Mule

Lychee, BDK, San Francisco, California
The Lychee cocktail is much more complex than its name implies. It’s made with smoky tea vodka, salted pistachio syrup, lime juice, housemade coconut-lychee milk, rum, and grated ginger. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s coronated with shaved toasted coconut and lime zest, then presented in a ceramic pineapple cup.

The Lychee at BDK Restaurant & Bar

Tai One On, Alder, New York, New York
Bar director Travis Brown wanted to riff on the classic Tiki ‘tail, the Mai Tai. So he swirls together cachaça (a soulmate of rum distilled from sugar cane rather than molasses), lime juice, coconut orgeat, and Angostura bitters. It’s the taste of island living in a glass.

Tai One On

Missionary’s Downfall, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Washington, D.C.
You know any cocktail named Missionary’s Downfall is going to be devilishly good. Remy VSOP and peach cordial are the main stars here, though there’s plenty of rum blended into this slushy sipper. Perfect for those days when it’s hot as hell.

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Top Chef New Orleans Cast Revealed; Debuts 10/2

Angelina Jolie’s leg also appears as a guest judge.

The latest season of Top Chef will debut on Bravo on October 2, 2013. Set in the Big Easy, the season is sure to put cheftestants to the test by challenging them to tackle some of NOLA’s most beloved culinary specialties. If you thought risotto sent people packing their knives, can you imagine what will happen when competitors are tasked with taking on gumbo? I’m pretty sure they’ll roux the day.

The competitors include Bene Bartolotta formerly of CircoRamon Bojorquez of NINE-TENShirley Chung formerly at China PoblanoJason Cichonski of ElaNina Compton of Scarpetta Fontainebleau Miami BeachStephanie Cmar of No.9 Park, Justin Devillier of La Petite GroceryNick Elmi formerly of Rittenhouse TavernCarlos Gaytan of MexiqueBrian Huskey of PiccaLouis Maldonado of SpoonbarCarrie Mashaney formerly of Cascina SpinasseBret Pelaggi formerly of Chiara Bistro, and Patricia Vega of David Burke Fishtail.Continue Reading

On Our Plate: Top Tables with a View; Boston + Washington, DC Restaurant Week Reservations; Snap Better Foodspotting Pics + More

DCRWHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants. Find out which restaurants have heart-stopping views and mouthwatering dishes.

* Are you a Foodspotter? Use these insider tips from Luke McKinley of Ravish to make your pics look even more delish!

* New York City Restaurant Week continues. Three-course $25 lunches and $38 dinners through August 16.

* Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week is on like Tron. Take advantage of $35 dinners for one or two through August 25.

* Dining out in the Big Easy is even easier with COOLINARY New Orleans. Enjoy 2 or 3-course lunches for $20 or less and 3-course dinners for $35 or less through August 31.

* Houston Restaurant Weeks continue! Enjoy $20 + $35 brunches, $20 lunches, and $35 + $45 dinners through September 2.

* Spice up your summer with Miami Spice. Order up special $19 or $23 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through September 30.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week starts TOMORROW! Get charmed by $15.13-$30.13 lunches and $15.13-$35.13 dinners through August 25.

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Dining with Strangers via Social Media; Advice from a Restaurant Host + More

Dining with strangers probably involves talking to them, too. We’re not sure if Rick would approve.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Don’t talk to strangers. Dine with them instead. [The National]

* Please don’t seat yourself. And other niceties restaurant hosts wish you would observe when dining out. [OnMilwaukee.com]

* Californians, look away! It’s Restaurant Augusts foie gras three ways. [NOLA.com]

* What happens when hot dogs meet pizza pies? If you guessed an apocalypse, you’re wrong. [Journal Gazette]

* Sundance suggestions. Here are some Park City dining recommendations from a local. [CityWeekly]

* Is what you’re eating working for you? Or, rather, helping you work. Turns out that what you consume affects your performance on the job. [IndianExpress]

* From the ‘Moment of Zen’ filesFood photos unlike anything you’ve seen. [Hongkiat.com]