Can you give me a recipe for a cherry-based tiki drink?

Cocktail Colin says:

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For a cherry-based tiki drink, the standout option from our list is the Mai Tai. Although not traditionally cherry-flavored, it is a quintessential tiki cocktail that delivers a punch of tropical flavors. The Mai Tai combines lime juice, white and Jamaican rums, sugar syrup, orange liqueur, and orgeat syrup to create a luscious and fruity drink with hints of almond. Its origins in the 1940s California tiki culture and its high rating of 4.62/5 make it an excellent choice if you're aiming for a tiki experience.

However, if you desire a more cherry-centric option with a touch of tropical flair, the Hairy Cherry cocktail offers a fantastic alternative. This drink combines peach schnapps, orange juice, cherry brandy, tequila, and grenadine, creating a vibrant mix that blends well with a tiki theme. The citrus and stone fruit notes, along with the warmth of tequila, provide a unique twist on the tropical vibe. Its playful name and balanced flavors ensure a refreshing experience, though it has a slightly lower rating of 3.8/5.

Both of these options can provide a delightful tiki cocktail experience, with the Mai Tai being the classic choice and the Hairy Cherry offering a more cherry-forward but equally refreshing alternative.

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You asked: Recipe for cherry-based tiki cocktail. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Mai Tai

The Mai Tai cocktail is a tropical and refreshing drink that originated in the sunny beaches of California during the...

Lime juice (30ml), White rum (30ml), Jamaican rum (30ml), Sugar Syrup (7.5ml), Orange liqueur (15ml), Orgeat Syrup (15ml)

6 ingredients
4.62 / 5

Cherry Blossom

The Cherry Blossom cocktail is a vibrant and refreshing concoction that combines the sweet, fruity allure of cherry brandy with...

Triple Sec (15ml), Lemon Juice (30ml), Cherry Brandy (30ml), Sugar (Teaspoon)

4 ingredients
4.35 / 5

Cherry Baby

The Cherry Baby cocktail is a sweet and tangy concoction that is perfect for those who enjoy fruit-forward drinks. It...

Vodka (60ml), Lime juice (Dash), Lemon Juice (Dash), Cherry Juice (Dash)

4 ingredients
3.98 / 5

Sec My Cherry

The "Sec My Cherry" cocktail is a vibrant and fruity mix that combines the zesty sweetness of triple sec with...

Triple Sec (15ml), White rum (45ml), Lemonade (Top up), Grenadine (15ml), Cherry liqueur (30ml)

5 ingredients
3.94 / 5

Cherry Bakewell

Cherry Bakewell is a delicious cocktail that pays homage to the classic British dessert of the same name. This sweet...

Lime juice (Dash), Amaretto (60ml), Grenadine (Dash)

3 ingredients
3.87 / 5

Cherry Sourz Exotic

Cherry Sourz Exotic is a fruity and refreshing cocktail that combines the flavors of coconut, cherry, and lemonade. The base...

Coconut rum (30ml), Vodka (30ml), Lemonade (Top up), Cherry liqueur (30ml)

4 ingredients
3.87 / 5

Hairy Cherry

The Hairy Cherry cocktail is a fruit-forward mixed drink that combines the sweet and tart flavors of peach schnapps, orange...

Peach Schnapps (30ml), Orange juice (180ml), Tequila (30ml), Grenadine (Dash), Cherry Brandy (30ml)

5 ingredients
3.8 / 5


The Jatti cocktail is a tropical and refreshing drink that combines the citrusy zing of lime juice with the smoothness...

Lime juice (2 teaspoons), White rum (60ml), Sugar (Teaspoon), Maraschino Cherry (30ml), Tropical Juice (Top up)

5 ingredients
3.77 / 5

Cheeky Cherry

The Cheeky Cherry cocktail is a playful and bold mixed drink, embodying a balance of sweet and citrus flavors with...

Vodka (90ml), Cointreau (60ml), Cola (280ml), Lemon (3 slices), Cherry Brandy (90ml), Maraschino Cherry (6), Sugar (Tablespoon)

7 ingredients
3.72 / 5

A Lovers’ Tiff

A Lovers' Tiff is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for a romantic evening. It is believed to...

Pineapple Juice (150ml), Lemonade (Dash), Cherry Brandy (30ml), Cherry (2), Blue Curaçao (30ml)

5 ingredients
3.65 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What are the defining features of a tiki cocktail?

Tiki cocktails are known for their tropical flavors, vibrant colors, and exotic presentations. They often include rum, fruit juices, and various syrups, garnished with tropical fruits and sometimes even small umbrellas.

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What types of ingredients can add a cherry flavor to cocktails?

Ingredients like cherry brandy, cherry liqueur, maraschino cherry juice, and fresh or muddled cherries can add a rich cherry flavor to cocktails.

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Can I make a tiki cocktail without rum?

Yes, you can substitute rum with other spirits like vodka, tequila, or even gin. However, the classic tiki flavor might be slightly altered depending on the spirit used.

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How can I garnish a tiki cocktail for an authentic presentation?

Authentic tiki garnishes include tropical fruits like pineapple slices, maraschino cherries, citrus wedges, and mint sprigs. Adding a cocktail umbrella or decorative swizzle stick can also enhance the presentation.

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Is Grenadine the same as cherry syrup?

No, Grenadine is typically made from pomegranate juice, sugar, and water. However, it does add a similar sweetness and vibrant red color that can complement cherry flavors in cocktails.

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