Tiki Gin Cocktail Kit
Tiki Gin Cocktail Kit
Our Tiki Gin box 'Captain Crafty's Tiki Gin Expedition' was designed using Beefeater 24. We highly recommend purchasing this brand (or regular Beefeater) for the best results. Each recipe includes ingredients to make 4 cocktails. About Recipes
About Crafty Cocktail’s Tiki Gin Cocktail Kit
The rise of the Tiki bar culture in North America has an extremely interesting history and one that is full of many anecdotes and yarns. While the first Tiki bars, with their palm leaves, bamboo décor, and idols of carved wood, started appearing in America in the 1930s, there was a sharp rise in the fascination with the culture of the South Pacific occurring in the first decade of the 20th century.
As travel to exotic locations for leisure expanded, so did the appetite for the cultural traditions of these places, making their way into the mainstream through books, advertising, and early movies. By the time Donn Beach opened what is argued to be the earliest Tiki bar in 1933 in Hollywood, the cultural appeal of the South Pacific had permeated the American consciousness. Add delicious cocktails with extravagant garnishes to an atmosphere of a tropical paradise and it is easy to see why this theme took the world of bars by storm. We at Crafty’s wanted to honor this wonderfully zany iteration of drinking establishments with a selection of Tiki-style drinks that will put you in a tropical mood even if your house isn’t covered in jungle-themed décor. Of course, we had to put our own twist on it, so instead of using rum, the universal Tiki spirit, we turned to Gin, which has its own special place in Tiki lore. Its wonderfully complex bouquet lends itself extremely well to the flavors found within this box.
The Gin Tai is a twist on the king of tiki cocktails, the Mai Tai. Featuring sweet orgeat, sour lime, and the herbal flavors of two different bitters, the drink is simple but out-of-this-world flavorful. It is the perfect introduction into the world of Tiki cocktails.
The Sling-a-Ling plays on another classic, the Singapore Sling, with a tropical blend of pineapple, grenadine, and orange, all balanced with a spicy hit of angostura bitters.
The Ka’ukama is the result of experimentation within the larger umbrella of Tiki-style cocktails. Leaning on the classic pairing of gin, cucumber, and juniper berry, a tropical twist of Hula Hula syrup brings the beach to the party, providing layers of passionfruit and guava. An additional touch of pineapple anise bitters provides the perfect background for yet another layer of flavor. Classic and new-age at the same time, this drink will reshape your view of “Tiki”.
Immerse yourself into the storied history of Tiki culture with this month’s Crafty Cocktails box, Captain Crafty's Tiki Gin Expedition. Don’t just stop with this limited view of tiki history, however, as there are plenty of blogs, books, articles, and documentaries out there to keep you informed. So, while you’re mixing, read up on the lore behind these drinks. What you find might surprise you and give you a new appreciation for tiki culture and bar culture in general.