Tiki mugs

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A tiki mug from a tiki bar in California

Tiki mugs are large ceramic cocktail mugs that originated in tiki bars and tropical-themed restaurants.[1] The term "tiki mugs" is a generic blanket term for sculptural drinkware that depict Polynesian, mock-Polynesian, or tropical themes. Tiki mugs are not commonly seen outside tiki bars and restaurants, but are also a kitsch collectors item.[2]


Originally created as both signature and marketing tools to hold the exotic libations, the 1960s also saw the ceramic craft market following suit by releasing ceramic tiki mug molds for the hobbyist to customize. These original mugs, whether related to a location or made by the hobbyist, also known as the vintage mugs, once found in abundance on the dusty shelves of junk shops in the 1980s and 90s, became a sought after item for those who were responsible for the revival of interest in the heyday of places like Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic's.

Though hobbyists and ceramic artists, in a small capacity, have continued to make these mugs at home, and larger manufacturers have mass-produced restaurant and bar promotional souvenirs since the 1960s the "tiki revival" of the 1990s[3] and then 2008 onwards[4] produced new variations.

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  1. ^ Robert Sharp; Nicole Weston (1 June 2015). Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar. Countryman Press. ISBN 978-1-58157-596-5.
  2. ^ Martin Cate; Rebecca Cate (7 June 2016). Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki. Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. ISBN 978-1-60774-733-8.
  3. ^ Humuhumu. "Early Modern Tiki: What the Tiki Re-emergence Looked Like". critiki.com. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  4. ^ Lewis, Mark (1 July 2008). "Tiki Time".

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