Drawing on Matt Pietrek's acclaimed Cocktail Wonk blog and a decade of making tiki drinks at home, Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard takes you on a fun and wacky four-part journey of discovery through crucial skills and the knowledge you need to achieve tiki mastery at the minimalistic level.
With a firm commitment to the classics and a keen eye for the future, Minimalist Tiki is a tiki book like no other. Here you'll learn the essential ingredients, equipment, and techniques you'll need to cook up a large portion of classic tiki canon without breaking the bank, as well as practical tips for expanding your knowledge, advanced garnishing techniques, and improvising recipes.
Because rum and tiki are inseparable, Minimalist Tiki also offers the most comprehensive look at rum found in a tiki volume. And with the tiki movement revival in full swing, the book also profiles two dozen world-class bartenders and bars who are at the forefront of today's craft tiki movement -- complete with nearly a hundred original recipes.
About the authors
Matt Pietrek is a rum educator, author, consultant and historian who works with many of the world's best-known rum and spirits companies. Matt's in-depth writing has made his website, Cocktail Wonk, one of the most influential and respected references for rum enthusiasts over the past decade. Matt is known for untangling complex topics and making them accessible to both enthusiasts and industry professionals.
Since 2019 he has been the community officer for the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers' Association. In his previous life, Matt was a software architect at Microsoft.
CarrieSmith is a designer with a heart for rooms, projects and ideas. Her creative vision combines multiple previous careers to lead Wonk Press, a new publishing model that partners with independent writers to bring passionate projects to life.
Matt and Carrie previously wrote and edited Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard (Wonk Press, 2019). They currently reside in New Orleans, also known as the northernmost city in the Caribbean, with their boxer dog (Admiral) Nelson.