Tiki Drink Glossary

The tiki glossary is your guide to terms, and words used in tiki drinks.  This is a work in progress. It will probably never be complete as tiki cocktails evolve.  I've been adding definitions as I learn things and as people ask me questions.  If there is a tiki term you are unsure of let me know.  I'm happy to answer.


Havana Club Rum

Havana Club rum is a brand of rum made in Cuba.  Since the US has a trade embargo against Cuba it isn't available in the US, but it is available most other places in the world.  Havana Club produces a variety of rums.  However, the Anejo Blanco, which is a light rum, is most common.  

Substitutions are Bacardi Superior light rum, or other Puerto Rican light rums.


orgeat syrup

Orgeat syrup (pronounced “or-zat”) is a sweet syrup that has an almond flavor.  It is made with sugar, almonds, and usually has a little orange flower water.  It is one of the main ingredients in a Trader Vic's Mai Tai.  Orgeat syrup is used in other cocktails besides the mai tai, and comes in a variety of different flavors including, hazelnut, bannana, mango, and many others.  Usually, the orignal flavor is called for in most cocktail recipes.  It can be difficult to find orgeat syrup. The easiest way to buy it is online.

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