Tiki, Do You Love Me?

Tiki, Do You Love Me? - Drake/Valentine's Tiki Party - Cocktail Hour

About six months ago, an idea came to me seemingly out of nowhere. There’s probably always some part in the back of my mind that is on the lookout for tiki-related pun names to be used for my never-ending tiki parties (My favorite, which will never be acted upon because, well you can figure out why, is: It’s the tikin’ weekend baby, I’m about to have me some rum). 

All that’s to say, I decided to throw a Drake-Valentine’s Day-Tiki party so I could call it “Tiki, Do You Love Me?” In a cursory search, I found there are many references to alcohol in Drake’s songs. I’ve included some in my recipe choices, the more obvious ones being the heavy use of champagne and a drink inexplicably featuring Hennessy. Let me know if you can find them all!

This Valentine’s Day, please enjoy these Drake-themed tiki drinks with someone you are as obsessed with as Drake is with Rihanna.

Tiki, Do You Love Me? - Drake/Valentine's Tiki Party - Cocktail Hour

The Recipes

HYFR (Hell Ya Fizzing Right)


2 oz cognac (Hennessy, obviously)
1 oz lime juice
1/2 oz orgeat
1/2 oz John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 oz cream
1 egg white
2 oz champagne

Garnish recommendation: lime wheel


Add all ingredients except champagne to a shaker. Shake for 30 seconds. Add ice and shake for another 30 seconds. Strain into a tall glass and top with champagne.

Chi Chi, Do You Love Me?

Macadamia Chi Chi adapted from Intoxica! by Jeff Berry


2 oz vodka
1 oz macadamia nut liqueur
4 oz pineapple juice
1 oz coconut cream
1 cup ice

Garnish recommendation: cherries


Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a tiki mug.

Champagne Papi

Juan Ho Royale adapted from Smuggler’s Cove by Martin Cate


2 oz champagne
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz orgeat
1/2 oz blue curacao
1/2 oz John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
1 1/2 oz tequila blanco (Patrón, if you’re feeling like Drake)

Garnish recommendation: kumquat heart


Add champagne to coupe glass. Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for at least 30 seconds. Strain into coupe glass. Garnish as desired.


Hinky Dinks Fizzy adapted from Smuggler’s Cove by Martin Cate


2 oz champagne
1 1/2 ounces passion fruit juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz apricot liqueur (Rothman & Winter Apricot Liqueur)
1 oz London dry gin
1 oz blended lightly aged rum (Appleton Estate Signature Blend)

Garnish recommendation: a bouquet of mint


Pour champagne into a glass. Add the remaining ingredients to a drink mixer tin. Fill the tin with ice and flash blend. Open pour into glass. Garnish as desired.

Setting the Scene

Put on some tunes

Open up Spotify*. Put Drake on shuffle. Let your friends change it to Rihanna midway through the party.

*The only issue with doing this with Spotify is that it will without a doubt end up on your most-played on your Year in Review. Last year, one of my most played artists was Abba thanks to that Disco Tiki party I threw.

Get that mood lighting

I’ve fully invested in smart light bulbs so I can set the scene with some fun lighting instead of the excessive paper and plastic-based decorations I usually gravitate towards. This time I channeled the Hotline Bling music video without full-out installing a mock-James Turrell piece in my home.

Make it rain

My favorite party addition was the bag of shredded money my sister sent me. She got it at The Money Museum in Kansas City, but you could probably find a few other options online, so you too can make it rain. But, you know, with useless currency.

Choose your garnishes wisely

Pick all the red and pink garnishes out of your collection of straws, umbrellas, and toothpicks. I also found these heart toothpicks, a great Valentine’s Day choice. Or, since I now have 300, a year-round choice. You can also bend your straws into hearts to really drive home that Valentine’s Day theme (Hearts for Valentine’s Day? Groundbreaking).

That’s entertainment

I’m not going to lie – my first exposure to Drake was actually through seminal classic Degrassi: The Next Generation, probably like most angsty teens that watched Teen Nick. If you’re in the same boat, then this is finally the opportunity to force your friends to watch Drake in his role as Jimmy Brooks. I suggest starting with ones from Season 6.

Or I guess you could just put on some Drake music videos.

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