All Tiki Photos Courtesy David Rangel.
This week, your favorite drinking and eating establishments want to interest you in fruity, boozy cocktails that are not only delicious, but comparable to a vacation in a glass.
Or – you know – a coconut.
In San Antonio, it’s time for Texas Tiki Week, going now through Sunday, June 29. (See Schedule below.)
These days, tiki is no longer considered tacky, and with the support of the United States Bartender’s Guild, high-end versions of these delightfully potent libations are appearing in your favorite craft cocktail bars in San Antonio.
In San Antonio, popular establishments doing tiki include Hot Joy, Bohanan’s and Blue Box at the Pearl.
Most notable, though, are The Brooklynite (a proponent of Tiki Tuesdays since its inception in 2012) and El Mirador (under new ownership); both of which are participating in this year’s Texas Tiki Week.
The Brooklynite will launch its new tiki menu this week. El Mirador will hold an educational seminar with Wahaka Mezcal before an Agave Tiki hour on the newly-renovated back patio.
The Esquire owners now own El Mirador, and bar manager Houston Eaves had the following to say about his excitement for Tiki Week:
“We are going to be hosting our event at El Mirador, instead of The Esquire. Texas Tiki Week is a way to involve our community in a lot of fun, educational, and philanthropic events (with rum!). It exposes consumers to a really fun part of American history that may be a bit misunderstood. Tiki drinks have gone full-circle. They began with fresh, tropical fruits, and a variety of rums, then got dumbed down to bottled mixes & sub-par rums. [Now] we are embracing the fresh and quality ingredients available to us, as well as innovative culinary technique. This is a week to celebrate the kitschy, contagious fun of Tiki!”
Jeret Pena owner of The Brooklynite adds, “Our focus is to go back to the basics of tiki vs. the modern flavors, weird colors and hyped out vibe. The goal is to focus on the classics and still make them fun!”
Schedule for Tiki Week
The Esquire Tiki Week menu will be running now through Sunday featuring drinks like:
IMPROVED DAIQUIRI: 3-island rum, overproof Jamaican rum, lime, sugar, absinthe. WAKING THE DEAD: bonded bourbon, espresso-fernet, italian vermouth, pineapple, lemon. MAI TAI: 3-island rum, jamaican rum, demerara 151 rum, curacao, orgeat, lime. SINGAPORE SLING: dry gin, benedictine, cherry heering, lime, mineral water. SEA OF CONFUSION: Jamaican rum, demerara 151 rum, pear brandy, chartreuse, zucca rabarbaro, passion fruit, lemon, angostura bitters.
Wednesday (6/25) Agave-Tiki @ El Mirador (new concept)
3-5 p.m. Educational Seminar with Wahaka Mezcal for Industy only
5-7 p.m. Agave-Tiki Happy Hour
Thursday (6/26 – 6/29) Tiki Late Nite @ Hot Joy starting at 11 p.m.
Late night tiki menus (food & drink)
Sunday 6/29 – Blue Box
Bacardi Blender Bowl @ The Blue Box
Starting at 1 p.m. -3 p.m.
Bohanan’s will be hosting the closing SA party on Sunday (6/29) at 4 p.m. in their courtyard. With tiki snacks and guest bartenders making tiki drinks.