Tropical Classics at Bohanan’s
19 Jun 2012
Warm weather calls for fresh, cool cocktails, and Bohanan’s Restaurant & Bar has brought paradise to the Alamo City with its very own Tiki-inspired cocktail menu. Featuring variations of tropical favorites such as the Mai Tai and Fu Manchu, these tropical classics are the perfect way to sit back, relax and taste the flavors of summer.
“Bohanan's caters to many different aspects of cocktails. We do just about everything here,” said Jake Corney, bartender at Bohanan’s. “In a recent trip to The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, we noticed a lot of Tiki-related cocktails and were impressed by the vibrant tropical flavors that we had never tasted before. It was something we wanted to bring back to the bar.”
Unveiled at the tail-end of Texas Tiki Week, Bohanan’s has many new summer Tiki cocktail offerings:
- Mai Tai
- Coconut Grove
- Gee Punch
- Joe’s Volcano
- La Florida
- OAHU Gin Sling
- Fu Manchu
The Rise of the American Tiki Bar
Inspired by Polynesian mythology and artifacts, the American Tiki bar dates back to the 1930s when Ernest Gantt (also known as Donn the Beachcomber) created the first Tiki bar in California. Known as the “founding father of Tiki restaurants and bars,” Beach’s restaurant featured authentic Tiki and tropical island artifacts, making it a popular hotspot.
Around this same time, Victor Bergeron created the famous Trader Vic’s in California. And in 1944, Trader Vic’s introduced the most perfect and classic Tiki cocktail—the Mai Tai. Since then, the popularity of Tiki culture in America has grown exponentially. Many Tiki bars create their own specialty drinks with tropical fruit juices, bitters and other common ingredients including various kinds of rum. These cocktails are often garnished with cocktail umbrellas or fresh edible flowers.
So celebrate summertime and head to Bohanan’s for tropical twists on classic cocktails that are sure to take you on a trip to paradise.