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These books are highly recommended, and if you’re new to the tiki scene and tropical drinks this is the order I’d suggest acquiring and reading them. 

  1. Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
  2. Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari (10th Anniversary Edition)
  3. Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean
  4. Minimalist Tiki
  5. Trader Vic’s Tiki Party
  6. And a Bottle of Rum
  7. Rum: the Manual or Rum Curious or The Curious Bartender’s Rum Revolution
  8. Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails
  9. Beachbum Berry Remixed
  10. Liquid Vacation
Books by Victor Bergeron

These are all long out of print, but are fairly easy to find on the second hand market. The two editions of the Bartenders Guide are seminal resources.

  • Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink (1946)
  • Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic (1947)
  • Trader Vic’s Kitchen Kibitzer (1952)
  • Trader Vic’s Pacific Island Cookbook (1968)
  • Trader Vic’s Bartenders Guide (1972)
  • The Menehunes (1972)
  • Trader Vic’s Book of Mexican Cooking (1973)
  • Frankly Speaking: Trader Vic’s Own Story (1973)
  • Trader Vic’s Rum Drinkery & Cookery (1974)
  • Trader Vic’s Helluva Man’s Cookbook (1976)