The History of Tiki Cocktails & Culture


When we talk about Tiki culture as bartenders it is often conjure up images of cinnamon, fire & ceramic mugs. Although this most definitely a part of Tiki culture it would only be scraping the surface of the depth of what Tiki really is. Naturally the number of books written about Tiki is huge & of course we could not cover all the intricate details in just 1 article. Regardless as an introduction find this abridged quick summary from Home-Wet-Bar:


Most often when we hear the word “Tiki” we think of carved wooden statues with piercing eyes and a menacing scowl. Some statues wear expressions of great joy or spiritual balance, while others may look more troubled or sad. The history of tiki culture dates back to ancient Polynesia. Such carvings were first discovered in Polynesia, and tiki carvings are said to represent a Polynesian God. They’re an integral part of South Pacific mythology, culture and history.


Similar to the way the Christian religion sees Adam as the first created human, Maori mythology refers to Tiki as the first man. One of the most popular legends states that Tane created the first man, Tiki, then made a wife for him. Another version, however, says Tiki mixed his own blood