Minimalist Tiki – The Book! For Sale Now!

Day in and day out, one of the most popular post here at Cocktail Wonk is Minimalist Tiki: What you truly need to make the classics at home.

At long last, I’ve finally heeded Mrs. Wonk’s wisdom that this article was a book needed to be written. Without further ado, we’re pleased to announce THE BOOK!

Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at
Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard

Minimalist Tiki is a hefty, no-compromises book—hardcover and in
full, glorious color, with more than 300 pages of geeking out, photos and
recipes. It weighs over 3 pounds! We hope it will sit proudly alongside the
books that inspired it.

The book has four sections:

Minimalist Tiki—the basics of creating a tiki setup, including ingredients and tools.

Beyond Minimalist Tiki—step up your game with enhanced garnishes, advanced ingredients and glassware, and recipe improvisation.

The Rums of Tiki—did you think I could write a tiki book without a deep dive into rum? It’s without a doubt, the most comprehensive dive into rum found in any tiki book.

The New Tiki Vanguard—two dozen of our favorite bartenders and bars who are carrying the tiki tradition forward…and more than 100 original recipes from some of the best minds in Tiki today.

One of our goals with Minimalist Tiki is to celebrate some of the bartenders and bars who are in the vanguard of today’s tiki and rum movements but who aren’t necessarily familiar faces…yet. Each of them gets their own multi-page section. We’re incredibly honored that the folks and bars listed below provided us with so many great new recipes, most of which have never been in print. We appreciate the trust that we’d do right by them in our pages. Our contributors:

The Bartenders

  • Brian Maxwell
  • Chad Austin
  • Daniel “Doc” Parks
  • Daniele Dalla Pola
  • Jason Alexander
  • Jeanie Grant
  • Justin Wojslaw
  • Kevin Beary
  • Marie King
  • Oriol Elias
  • Shelby Allison/Erin Hayes
  • Tiki Lindy
  • Zac Overman

The Bars

  • CANE Rhum Bar
  • Dirty Dick
  • The Inferno Room
  • Laki Kane
  • Lost Lake
  • Navy Strength
  • Pagan Idol
  • Rumba
  • The Shameful Tiki Room
  • Trailer Happiness

If we’re so lucky as to do a 2nd edition, we’ll add even more of today’s tiki vanguard!)

My initial writing of the first three sections started in November of 2018, and mostly wrapped up by January of 2019. I then placed the book in Mrs. Wonk’s capable hands, and began work on yet another book, which I hope to share details of soon.

Along with Mrs. Wonk, who project managed everything, the book’s incredible look and feel comes from two other critical players: Our dear friend Lauren Blass is an amazing graphic designer who wrangled everything we gave her into the gorgeous finished product. And many of the incredible images, including the cover shot, were taken by the wildly talented Seattle photographer Justin Alford:

Justin Alford’s amazing photographs are all throughout the book

In case you’re wondering, this book is self-published and
entirely self-funded. Our small yet amazing team did everything except running
the actual printing press—and Mrs. Wonk and I will handle all the order
fulfillment. So, while you won’t find Minimalist Tiki for 55% off the cover
price on Amazon with free Prime shipping, know that every copy sold means so
much more to us.

The first five copies off the press were emailed to us, so we have
them to show off. The full order is slated to arrive by boat in early July. In
the meantime, check out for more pictures and
images—and pre-order your copies today!

Oh yes, there will be rum knowledge!
Tiki Command (Jason Alexander) strikes a pose