In addition to classics like the Sazerac and Ramos Gin Fizz, New Orleans has long been associated with a strong roster of tiki drinks, including the Hurricane and daiquiri. The city’s recent tiki resurgence, though, has placed it firmly on the map as a go-to destination for rummy cocktails with historical touches and a tropical feel.

If you’re looking for a few drinks to help you wet your feet in the New Orleans tiki waters, look no further than the ones below.

Paniolo at Latitude 29

BBBerry-credit-Olivier-KonigAddress and phone: 321 N Peters St (504-609-3811)

Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the man responsible for almost single-handedly jumpstarting the country’s current tiki revival, and his freshly opened New Orleans bar has become the epicenter for all things tiki. Latitude 29’s playful ambiance and beautifully styled  menu of dishes (loco moco, anyone?) will please even the most reluctant rum-lover. (Photo: Olivier Konig)

Honorable Mention: Lapu Lapu, Navy Grog, Suffering Bastard

Leite de Onca at Empire Bar at Broussard’s

empireAddress and phone: 819 Rue Conti (504-581-3866)

A drink that’s a rich as it is tropical, the Leite de Onca from Paul Gusting combines cachaca, toasted coconut shavings, pineapple syrup, heavy cream, condensed milk, and Mexican chocolate into an indulgent sipper. (Photo: Yelp)

What An Aspirin Is at Tiki Tolteca

aspirinAddress and phone: 301 N Peters St (504-267-4406)
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A pineapple-and-coconut forward drink that goes down (almost) a little too easily, the cocktail’s rummy kick won’t hit you until you’ve ordered a second (or third). If you’re looking for something that’s a little bit trippier, the A Huevo combines pisco, passionfruit, ginger beer, and a Peruvian fertility potion comprised of eggs cured in lime juice. The drink’s piece de resistance, though, is an accompanying jambu flower bud, which causes the mouth to buzz and completely alters the cocktail’s flavor profile. (Photo: Facebook/Tiki Tolteca)

Edible Tiki Gummies at Tiki Tolteca


Address and phone: 301 N Peters St (504-267-4406)
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Molded in the shape of wooden tiki-god carvings, these poppy, colorful gummies are chewy versions of a Hurricane, Mai Tai, and Zombie. If you’ve been waiting for Jell-O shots to make a return, think of these as a more “adult” version. (Photo: Tiki Tolteca/Facebook)

Boss Colada at Cane & Table

Address and phone: 1113 Decatur St (504-581-1112)

Pioneers of the #prototiki movement in New Orleans, the gang at Cane & Table is passionate about pushing the limits of tiki’s past, present, and future. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, the Baska Snaps (with their wormwood and liquorice notes) never fail to impress inside the classic Boss Colada. (Photo: BarNotes)

Honorable Mentions: Trinidad Green Swizzle, Sloppy Jane Special

Fresh Young Coconut with Rum at Kebab


Address and phone: 2315 St Claude Ave (504-383-4328)

While this drink is technically no more complicated than rum and coconut water, there’s something about sipping the combination directly from a just-tapped fresh young coconut that’s the stuff of beach dreams. (Photo: Sarah Baird)

Tikioke at The Saint

tikiokeAddress and phone: 961 St Mary St (504-523-0050)

Long before we were all reintroduced to tiki drinks on a massive scale, this hole-in-the-wall dive bar was serving up Scorpions and Monsoons every Tuesday night to the tune of bad karaoke. It’s still a boozy adventure. (Photo: Facebook/The Saint)

Charming Rouge at Root Squared

rootsquareAddress and phone: 1800 Magazine St (504-309-7800)

While it didn’t spring forth from the coffers of Trader Vic, this rum-based concoction from Root Squared pays its respects to New Orleans’ status as a port town. It brings the flavors of banana, Amaretto, Benedictine, chicory, and pecan together in an elegant fashion. I can only assume Vic would approve. (Photo: Kim Thao/Yelp)