Tiki Compliant: The Queen’s Park Hotel Super...

Tiki Compliant: The Queen’s Park Hotel Super Cocktail

Queen's Park hotel Super Cocktail
The Queen’s Park Hotel Super Cocktail is actually a pre-Tiki cocktail, but it fits perfectly into the category my friend Joe Garcia calls “Tiki Compliant“. Both Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic learned their respective Tiki drink templates in the rum soaked Carribean (Don as an itinerant youth, Vic as a cold-eyed businessman doing market and product research), consuming drinks like (and perhaps including) the Queen’s Park Hotel Super Cocktail. It checks all the required boxes for me to make it compliant: rum, citrus, exotic syrups, and melded flavors. I hesitate to just pretend it is an outright Tiki drink because of its origin, and its name, which is too British.


  • 1 1/2 oz. gold Trinidadian rum (I used Mount Gay Eclipse because my Angostura 5 Rum bottle is on fumes)
  • 1/2 oz.Italian (sweet) vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh homemade grenadine
  • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine in a shaker with ice and shake to chill well. Strain into a cocktail glass or small Tiki vessel and garnish with some form of elaborate lime garnish.

One of the things I love about this drink is that it uses vermouth! I had not encountered a Tiki recipe that used the stuff before, and I’m glad to see that you can make a quite tasty tropical that employs it to good effect. This one will be on the menu the rest of Tiki Month, and I intend to experiment with better and better rums, as this is a Tiki cocktail that I suspect will show off the better spirits, rather than waste them.

I found this in Jeff Berry’s lastest fantastic work: Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean. (Currently in stock from its publisher, Cocktail Kingdom) I will certainly have a full review of this book later in Tiki Month 2014, when I’ve finished most of it. Suffice it to say here that not only is it a great cocktail book, it is also a fantastic history of the Carribean as a whole, seen through the lens of the bottom of a glass.


  1. Kate

    7 February

    Ah! Ah! Ee! Ee! (Tooki! Tooki!)

    There’s that formula again! Spirit/lime juice/red fortified wine/syrup or liqueur in roughly those ratios.

    I’ve been seeing it everywhere since I riffed on the structure last fall with a recipe:

    The Crimson:
    Anne Bonny:
    St. Valentine (3rd down):
    Dr. Phibes:
    Jane Porter:

    Oddly enough, to match your sense on what the Queen’s Park Hotel Super is like, my intent with the Jane Porter was to use Tiki-esque/Tiki-compliant ingredients while still using a somewhat prim and proper cocktail form, the better to make a full-on Tiki “Jane of the Jungle” at a later point.

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  2. Sylvan

    7 February

    As far as the name, any drink sharing “Queen’s Park”
    with “Queen’s Park Swizzle” is tiki enough for me.

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  3. Dagreb

    8 February

    The Tortuga calls for vermouth…

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  4. Tiare

    8 February

    Cool pic and drink!

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