The Sneaky Tiki is a fairly good example of a later Tiki-era cocktail. It is quite tasty, but isn’t terribly balanced, leaning a bit to the sweet side.
And the flavor profile is muddled!
Gabe pretty much dismisses all Tiki drinks this way, folks. But in this case, he’s right. You can’t really pick out individual nuances in the Sneaky Tiki. You wouldn’t order one of these to appreciate the drinking experience, you would order a Sneaky Tiki to enjoy while you are doing something else.
Which is why this was a perfect cocktail for its role, which was as house cocktail for a Lake Tahoe casino, Harvey’s, featured theme bar. It was served in some variation of the souvenir mug below, which you could take home with you for free. That way you got something to take home to show your wife after a weekend at the tables.
You’ll note that my mug at the top of this post seems a bit more appropriate for this drink and its name. Just look at that leeettle Tiki girl! She would never have any alcohol in her! She’d never sneak up behind you, make you double down on nine with an Ace showing, and then rub dead mice all over the inside of your mouth the next morning….
- 1 part fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 part unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1/3 part orange curaçao
- 1/4 part hot-process grenadine
- 1 part Puerto Rican light rum
- 1 part dark Jamaican rum
Mix in blender with 8 ounces ice until almost smooth. Serve in an innocuous Tiki mug.
I found this recipe in Beachbum Berry’s Taboo Table, and Bum’s background on the Sneaky Tiki features the kind of writing that is the reason you should buy, and read, all his books. From his description of Tiki jackal, Dick Graves, who kept the Sneaky Tiki alive after Harvey’s closed its Tiki bar:
Graves proudly admitted stealing the recipe from Harvey’s; he also copped to ripping off his dinner menu from Trader Vic, who hated Graves with a passion he normally reserved for communists and check-dodgers.