Take some inspiration from the tropics and whip up colourful, eye-catching tropical and tiki cocktails. Use classic flavours such as pineapple, lime and banana to make these delicious summer drinks. We've got everything from kitsch banana daiquiris and piña coladas to classic tiki rum cocktails like the mai tai and zombie.


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6 tropical tiki cocktail recipes

Banana daiquiri

Even if the sun isn't shining where you are, transport yourself to a sunny beach with this tropical cocktail packed with fresh banana, white rum, lime juice and Cointreau.

A banana daiquiri cocktail with fresh banana on the side

Mai tai

This classic tiki cocktail is a heady mix of two types of rum, orange curaçao, almond syrup and lime juice. It's the perfect balance of sweetness and sharp, tangy flavours. Perfect with a pineapple wedge as a fruity garnish.

Two mai tai cocktails topped with fresh mint


Like your cocktails intense? This tiki-style number comes packed with three types of rum, anise liqueur and Angostura bitters. Not for the faint of heart, the zombie is perfect for slow sipping.

Three tall zombie cocktails with fruit in the background

Singapore sling

This gin-based treat from Singapore is made with an array of exciting ingredients, including sweet cherry brandy and citrussy Cointreau. Top up with sparkling water and garnish with an obligatory maraschino cherry.

A pair of tall Singapore sling cocktails garnished with pineapple wedges

Piña colada

Best drunk on holiday, next to the pool, ideally from a hollowed out pineapple. This creamy drink is delightfully retro. Be careful not to use too much ice in the blending or you'll end up with a watery consistency.

Piña colada cocktail in a glass, with pineapple wedge garnish

Dark and stormy punch

Want an easy rum punch recipe that guests can help themselves to? Check out this quick and easy summer cocktail recipe with tropical pineapple, zesty limes and fiery ginger to bring the heat.

Dark and Stormy Punch Recipe


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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