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The Best Tiki Cocktails on Long Island 2023

Bluebird Kitchen, Winners of Best Cocktail of The Year

The Tiki Throw Down is New York's Official Exotic / Tropical Cocktail Competition. The legendary contest and tasting experience was created by NY Cocktail Expo Founder, Matt Kourie & Best Selling Author of "TIKI MODERN TROPICAL COCKTAILS," Shannon Mustipher in 2018. The iconic "Throw Down" celebrated its debut at the LI Cocktail Fest, Sunday November 12th, 2023; a historic happening as the rich history of Tiki culture is still unfolding here on the island, with only a handful of places offering authentic Tiki concoctions. This year, local bars came together to showcase their take on Tiki cocktails & compete against one another in an effort to explore where it fits into the current drinking trends. It's a captivating journey, especially considering our proximity to NYC, one of the cocktail capitals of the world, which recognizes Tiki cocktails as a distinct universe within the vibrant realm of mixology. Here are the bars that have set the stage for the future of Tiki on Long Island by winning Awards at the LI Cocktail Fest.

"Trop The Beet"

1st Place - Best Tiki Cocktail of the Year 2023

"'Trop The Beet' is a fall inspired cocktail utilizing classic tiki ingredients along with beets & rosemary. Only available at Bluebird Kitchen in Bellmore!"

Beet, Ginger, & Rosemary Infused El Dorado 3yr Rum, Housemade Toasted Coconut Syrup, Fresh Lemon & Lime Juice, Housemade Ginger Syrup, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Espresso, Regan's Orange Bitters. Served On The Rocks In A Tiki Highball Glass & Garnished With Edible Flowers & Tiki Umbrella.

"The Hidden Oasis Treasure"

2nd Place - Best Tiki Cocktail of the Year 2023

"I was inspired by our new location Castaways in Port Jeff that's opening soon!"

Coconut Washed Casa Del Sol Blanco Tequila, Dark Rum, Falernum, Fresh Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice, Passion Fruit Purée, Orgeat Syrup. Shaken, Served in a Tiki Glass, Pebble Ice, Pineapple Leaves, & Cherry Garnish.

"Purple Haze"

3rd Place Best Tiki Cocktail of the Year 2023 &

People's Choice Favorite Tiki Cocktail

"Tiki is such a broad category but we wanted to go back to the roots of Tiki, & for us that means the Asian Pacific Culture. We wanted to focus on Ube, the Filipino purple yam & built on that flavor. Combining with some Asian spices & some traditional tropical flavors we delivered a funky and fun Asian Pacific inspired drink."

Banks 5 Year Rum, Banks 7 Year Rum, Chai Spices, Ube Syrup, Orgeat, Pineapple, Lime, Elemakule Bitters, Burlesque Bitters.

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NY Cocktail Expo

Sun Aug 18th, 2024

Melrose Ballroom, LIC

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