10 Mistakes We Made When We Started Making Tiki Drinks

10 Mistakes We Made When We Started Making Tiki Drinks

When we first started dabbling in home mixology, we made our fair share of cringe-worthy mistakes and we're not afraid to share them (since we think a lot of other people have probably been there too). For any of you just starting out, do yourself a favor and learn from our screw-ups. By avoiding the items on the list below, you'll be on your way to making great tiki drinks in no time! 

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It's Time to Celebrate Hot Buttered Rum!

It's Time to Celebrate Hot Buttered Rum!

It's January 17th, which means...it's National Hot Buttered Rum Day! While we often associate this spiced beverage with the holiday season, it's the perfect drink to keep you warm all throughout the winter months. Over the past few years, we've had our fair share of varieties of this drink and they've all been delicious. Interested in sipping one in celebration of the holiday? Here are a few recipes worth exploring! 

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Review: The Golden Tiki - Las Vegas

Review: The Golden Tiki - Las Vegas

The Golden Tiki opened in July of 2015 so, compared to Las Vegas's other tiki bar, Frankie's Tiki Room, it's still fairly new on the scene. Most people will agree that the Golden Tiki feels quite Disney-like in all its details. There's music from Pirates of the Caribbean piped in right as you enter, there are "artifacts" on display throughout the place (much like at Trader Sam's), there's a talking skeleton on a pirate's ship, twinkle lights scatter the ceiling, and, probably our favorite of them all, there are Dole Whip cocktails...

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The Top 10 Must-Have Tools for Your Home Tiki Bar

The Top 10 Must-Have Tools for Your Home Tiki Bar

2017 is off to a roaring start and we're sure we have some readers out there with a certain resolution in mind: to finally start making tiki drinks at home. To help kickstart your home bar, we've put together a list of the 10 tools we can't live without when we're mixing up tropical libations. Stock up and you're sure to be armed with everything you need to start creating some of your own homemade cocktails! 

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Modern Tiki Wedding at the SmogShoppe

Modern Tiki Wedding at the SmogShoppe

When it came time to plan our wedding, there was no doubt about one thing: it was going to be tiki-themed. Once we started crunching numbers, we quickly realized that it was also going to have to be as DIY as possible. Since we're both creative people, we embraced our big day as one giant design challenge. In the end, everything came together in one fun, tropical-filled event that we were happy to share with our closest friends and family members. Now, we can't wait to share it with you - check it out! 

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Gift Guide: Home Tiki Bar Essentials

Gift Guide: Home Tiki Bar Essentials

Like many fans of all things tiki, we love to mix up our own tropical concoctions at home. Over the years, we've developed a list of our favorite ingredients, supplies, and recipe books as well as many "wish list" items that we would like to have. These 19 finds should help to inspire gifts for any at-home mixologists you may know. Take a look

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Review: Tiki-Ko - Bakersfield, CA

Review: Tiki-Ko - Bakersfield, CA

Lately, it seems as though a new tiki bar pops up in California every other week. Most of the time, they have been springing up in the big cities - San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego - so we were happy when Tiki-Ko opened up shop in a new location - Bakersfield. Since our good friend, Linda, lives in Bakersfield, this gave us a great excuse to visit her & to expand our tiki horizons. Want to know more? Take a step inside with us! 

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Review: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto - Walt Disney World

Review: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto - Walt Disney World

This past May, we were finally able to check out Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. We have been longtime fans of Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland and couldn't wait to check out its east coast counterpart at Walt Disney World. While the bars share many similarities, they're not exactly alike which made our visit super fun...

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Mod Palm Springs - Weekend in Review

Mod Palm Springs - Weekend in Review

From October 21-23, we attended our 4th Mod Palm Springs. We've gone every year since it was started by Rory Snyder (who also runs Tiki Caliente). Each year it's hosted by Shag (Josh Agle) and it's meant to celebrate modernism (while coinciding with Modernism Week's Fall Preview). So what exactly does the weekend entail? We're here to give you all the details...

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Review: False Idol - San Diego's New Tiki Speakeasy

Review: False Idol - San Diego's New Tiki Speakeasy

Just last month, False Idol made its debut in San Diego. Once we heard that Martin Cate (of Smuggler's Cove fame) was one of the co-owners, we were super excited to check it out. We managed to snag a reservation on a weeknight so we made the trek down to San Diego from LA to see if it lived up to all of the hype we'd been hearing. From the decor to the service to the drinks, we're happy to say that False Idol is an extremely solid addition to the Southern California tiki scene. 

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An Inside Peek at the Rum Rhum Club

An Inside Peek at the Rum Rhum Club

As many of you know, we're big fans of the Tonga Hut and we've officially completed the Grog Log. Now that we've finally accomplished that year-long feat, we feel like we've graduated and can now partake in the monthly meetings of the Rum Rhum Club. We attended our first meeting on May 1 and didn't really know what to expect beyond getting to sample a few things (and we were pleasantly surprised to find that it was much more than that)...

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The Ultimate Guide to Completing the Grog Log at the Tonga Hut

The Ultimate Guide to Completing the Grog Log at the Tonga Hut

After a year-long journey of completing the Grog Log and drinking 78 different drinks at the Tonga Hut, we're ready to fill you in on all of our top tips! Read more to hear all about our experience and what we recommend doing if you decide to embark on this adventure...

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It's Our First Birthday!

It's Our First Birthday!

It's been exactly one year since we launched Modern Tiki Lounge! The past 365 days have been filled with so many tiki-filled adventures on our part and we've loved every part of it. One year ago, when I wrote the first post that was featured on this blog, I was beyond excited. Since then, our time running Modern Tiki Lounge has been filled with so many great highlights so I figured I'd share a few...

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Tales of Our Second Visit to the Coconut Club

Tales of Our Second Visit to the Coconut Club

In early 2015, we were able to experience an amazing evening at the Coconut Club (LA's "underground" tiki supper club that pops up from time to time and is almost always sold out). It was a 3-hour tropical getaway with multiple courses for dinner and stunning cocktails that accompanied our meals. Because we enjoyed our first experience so much, we were excited to see that the Coconut Club had begun offering shorter form events (at a lower price point). We just had to check it out and, in the end, we left with our thirsts quenched while feeling happily full & very appreciative of the tiki escape. Want to know all the details? Here's how we spent our night at the Coconut Club this past August...

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Modern Tiki Lounge's Top 10 Posts of 2015

Modern Tiki Lounge's Top 10 Posts of 2015

Just out of curiosity, we decided to take a look at our analytics to see which of our blog posts you liked most in 2015. Turns out this list sums up a lot of great events and experiences we had last year and we thought we'd share. Check 'em out in case you may have missed a few throughout the year! Working our way backwards...

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A Modern Tiki 2015 (and, soon to be, 2016!)

A Modern Tiki 2015 (and, soon to be, 2016!)

I wrote one (ok, maybe two) resolutions last year: To get Modern Tiki Lounge up and running and to keep my head above water financially while doing so. Turns out, I have managed to do both and, for that, I am incredibly grateful. There have been many great things that have come out of this year business/hobby-wise... 

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Hot Rum Cider Punch - A Seasonal Tiki Drink Recipe

Hot Rum Cider Punch - A Seasonal Tiki Drink Recipe

Now that the weather is finally getting a little cooler in sunny Southern California and the holidays are just around the corner, we've been in the mood for some warm tiki drinks. To get us in the spirit for Thanksgiving and the fast-approaching Christmas season, we brewed up some Hot Rum Cider Punch...

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Top 10 Reasons to Stay at the Disneyland Hotel

Top 10 Reasons to Stay at the Disneyland Hotel

Planning to stay at a hotel on your next trip to DisneylandIf you're looking for a magical Disney-filled getaway, the Disneyland Hotel is one of your best options to consider (and in our opinion, it's THE best). We've stayed there at least 5 times and every time we've absolutely loved it. Want to know why? Here are our ten favorite things about the resort - check 'em out...

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