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Tiki Drink Glossaries

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.

Orgeat Syrup

Orgeat Syrup

Orgeat syrup (pronounced ‚Äúor-zat‚ÄĚ)¬†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...

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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...

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Grand Marnier

Grand Marnier is an orange flavored brandy liqueur created in 1880 by  Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, and is a product of France.  It is made from Cognac brandy, distilled essence of bitter orange, and sugar. You can drink Grand Marnier neat or mix it in a drink.  

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Gold Jamaican Rum

Gold Jamaican Rums are gold rums produced in Jamaica.  Gold rums are generally aged in barrels for a period of time, and they get their gold color from aging in the barrels.  Beware, not all gold rums are aged.  Instead, some, get their color from...

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Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is a, non-alcoholic, carbonated beverages that primarly has a ginger flavor.  It is sweetened, but is generally not as sweet as ginger ale.  It also has a stronger ginger flavor than ginger ale.  There are a number of commercial brands of...

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Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

To make a really great Tiki drink be sure to squeeze your own juice.  It is amazing how much better a Tiki drink tastes with fresh squeezed juice.  The extra effort is really worth it.

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Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Fresh squeezed lime juice is just what it sounds like.  To make a really great Tiki drink be sure to squeeze your own juice.  It is amazing how much better a Tiki drink tastes with fresh squeezed juice.  The extra effort is really worth it.

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Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Fresh squeezed lemon juice is just what it sounds like.  To make a really great Tiki drink be sure to squeeze your own juice.  It is amazing how much better a Tiki drink tastes with fresh squeezed juice.  The extra effort is really worth it.

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Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice

Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is just what it sounds like.  To make a really great Tiki drink be sure to squeeze your own juice.  It is amazing how much better a Tiki drink tastes with fresh squeezed juice.  The extra effort is really worth it.

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Falernum

Falernum is a sweet syrup that originated in Barbados.  It is a sweet syrup that can have a variety of different ingredients.  There are countless recipes for falernum, but it generally contains ginger, cloves, and limes.  Sometimes it is alcoholic and sometimes it...

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