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Poll: Tiki Cocktails

Tiki Cocktails: Love Them or Hate Them?

While attending Julie Reiner's seminar on tropical cocktails during the Food & Wine Classic, I came to the realization that tiki drinks are sort of a love it or hate it kind of thing.

On the one hand, an icy, fruit-flavored tiki cocktail can be like having Guam in a glass — but on the flip side, many people find them to be overly cloying, rather than refreshing. When it comes to tiki drinks, is your glass half full or half empty?

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doogirl doogirl 8 years
Love them! Nothing says summer like a pina colada!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
With a mango salsa dog.......yeah!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
If I make them myself, I like them because I can control how sweet they are. If I get them at a bar, I'm not usually too crazy about them because they tend to be way too sweet.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
I love my sugar and could try one of these.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I can't drink sugary cocktails.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Once or twice a year, at most. If it's a good bar that offers fresh squeezed juice rather than pre-made mix, the drink isn't as cloyingly sweet. Sometimes I get a Chi-Chi, which is pretty much a pina colada, but with vodka instead of rum, which cuts down on the sweetness
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
OK once in a blue moon but to me they're kinda a waste of calories. Also I drank them nonstop on my honeymoon and I felt sick afterwards :(
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Everytime I see one of those umbrellas I get the Tiki Room song in my head (the place in disneyland). Love the drinks! I agree with moderation though. One or two and I'm down for the count on the sweetness factor. Still yummy :)
partysugar partysugar 8 years
I think if they are made by a superb bartender than it doesn't matter: they will be excellent.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
SO SUMMERY to me!! I love them, maybe as much for the feeling while holding one, as for the yummy fruity taste. I can only drink one or two if theyre REAL sweet though.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
It depends on how they are made. I used to love these things, but now I find them too sweet. So if I do have one I often ask them to cut back on the sweet stuff.
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