Intensive Course “Manual de Cócteles Exóticos” on March 7th in Barcelona

Next March 7th I will bring my new course entitled ” Manual de Cócteles Exóticos”, in which I will give you my personal point of view about Tiki Cocktails.

After years of experience, travels and study of this category of cocktails, I will offer you a seminar very focused on understanding its history, the most influential characters, the world of rum and how to master this type of spirit, the elements of the tiki cocktail and its evolution, the production of homemade ingredients, the theater of the tiki cocktail,…with the aim of giving you tools to develop your own creations and assimilate ancestral secrets that have been hidden for many years.


  • What’s a Tiki Cocktail?
  • Chronology and History of Tiki Cocktails
  • Understanding Rum
  • Structure and Classification
  • Creativity
  • Garnish and Theater

FORMAT: Face-to-face / 1 class of 8 h
DATE: MONDAY 7/3/2022
SCHEDULE: from 11:00 to 20:00h (with 1 hour break for lunch)
-PDF recipe booklet
-Digital certificate of completion
PRICE: 150€.
PLACE: Collage Barcelona
ADDRESS: Carrer dels Consellers 4, 08003 Barcelona

LIMITED SPACES: Maximum 10 students.

Black Friday in the Tiki Training Camp

During this next week, to celebrate Black Friday, I’m going to offer a serie of daily discounts on the different subscription levels of my Tiki Training Camp on Patreon.

From Monday 23 to Friday 27, every day discounts will appear in a special tier, you only have to select that tier that will be accompanied by the words “Black Friday” (for example: “Shrunken Head of the Camp (Black Friday)”) and you can enjoy that subscription price forever.

The offers will be launched every day at midnight in Central European Time (UTC + 1) time slot and will be limited, because only a certain number of promotional prices will come out, and the first to subscribe can benefit from these promotions.

The levels promoted each day will be:


  • This level gives access to video tutorials and PDF recipe books.
  • Access to community chat.


  • This level gives access to video tutorials and PDF recipe books.
  • Includes personalized review of 2 recipes per month by email and 15 minutes per month to comment these recipes via Zoom.
  • Access to live sessions and community chat.

Wednesday 11/25: CANNIBAL OF THE CAMP

  • This level gives access to video tutorials and PDF recipe books.
  • Includes 1 hour of personalized consultancy/training via Zoom per month.
  • Access to live sessions and community chats.

Thursday 11/26: ZOMBIE OF THE CAMP

  • This level gives access to video tutorials and PDF recipe books.
  • Includes 2 hours of personalized consultancy/training via Zoom per month.
  • Access to live sessions and community chats.


  • This level gives access to video tutorials and PDF recipe books.
  • Includes 4 hours of personalized consultancy/training via Zoom per month.
  • Access to live sessions, private chat with me and community chats.

To enjoy these offers you just have to enter my Tiki Training Camp in Patreon on the indicated day.

Okole Maluna !!!

Let me introduce you my Tiki Training Camp

The time has come to present you the new project that I have been preparing in the last weeks: the Oriol Elias’ Tiki Training Camp.

This Training Camp is an online space for continuous training on tiki cocktails, that is, a space where I will add new content weekly, so there is a continuity in learning and a constant update in the content, not allowing this to become a masterclass that becomes obsolete by itself over the years.

I’m very excited to have created this project where I can grow as a professional, teaching what I like most to professional bartenders, home bartenders or fans of the tiki culture, offering continuous training on the  exciting world of exotic cocktails.

A space where I will present everything related to this style of cocktails: its history, its origins, the most influential characters, its best-kept secrets, its eras, its classic and modern cocktails, the world of rum, the evolution of the flavor palettes, ingredients,… in short, what I have been learning over the years, my point of view of this style of cocktail and my tricks for creating cocktails.

What can I offer at the Tiki Training Camp?

  • Knowledge about tiki culture and its history.
  • Assimilation of the structure of tiki cocktails.
  • Learning the classics.
  • Understand the world of rum.
  • Production of homemade ingredients.
  • Use of appropriate cocktail tools and techniques.
  • Techniques for garnish cocktails.
  • Tricks to create signature tiki cocktails.
  • Tricks to optimize cocktail service and cost analysis.
  • All content in Spanish and English (the video tutorials dubbed into English).

What are you going to find?

  • Video tutorials: Through various videos throughout the month, we will get to know the history of tiki cocktails and learn this style of cocktails. We will learn every detail of these cocktails, from the tools and their execution to the ingredients in depth.
  • PDF guides and recipe books:
  • Publication of recipe books and visual guides of certain techniques explained in the classes.
  • Online Sessions:
  • Specific training and Q&A sessions to answer your questions live.
  • Consultancy and online training: And if despite all this you still need more… this is what you were waiting for! I offer online classes where we can focus on the topics that interest you the most or help you developing a specific project. You can choose between 1 or 2 hours of personalized class per month.

All this through a monthly subscription training that adapts to all kinds of budgets, where you can decide what interests you and just pay for that level. You are the ones who decide if you want to invite me to an overproof shot or if you want to become a Menehune, a Beachcomber, a Shrunken Head, a Cannibal … or even one of the Zombies that are walking around my Tiki Training Camp.

Also in two of these levels there is an “Early Bird” discount for the first 15 to sign up!

You can join my Tiki Training Camp here.

Do you dare to be part of my Tiki Training Camp?

Recommended books to learn the basics of Tiki Cocktails

Every time I do masterclasses I usually send a dossier to the attending students, in which I include details about the tasted rums, ingredient recipes, premixes and cocktails worked during the session and a list of recommended bibliography and interesting websites to check.

Now that sadly we are in a time of forced confinement in our homes, my online appearances proliferate to give some masterclasses, tastings or collaborate in those of other colleagues and friends.

Sometimes, I get the impression that there are people who are more looking for insisting on the questions that interest them more than for paying attention to what we are explaining and, many times, those questions are summarized in a “What book do you recommend to learn about tiki? “.

Personally, I am one of those who think that the first truly important thing to learn about “something” is to listen to what those who know about that “something” can explain to you. Then there will be time for questions and doubts.

Obviously, after these classes I also get messages and e-mails asking me questions, but mostly everyone asks me about books. It may be that because of the situation we are living in, people have more time to read than in their usual routines, but I have realized the need to publish an article talking about this.

The first thing I want to clarify is that there are no books published on tiki cocktails in Spanish, so the first thing you have to be clear about is that all the books that I am going to recommend will be in English.

The second point to be clarified is that I’m not going to talk about all the existing books on tiki,only those that I consider essential to make tiki cocktails, if I don’t name others is because they are more focused on history or tiki cultural aesthetic movement or, simply, because they are rubbish and it is not worth it to waste your money on them.

Having said that, let’s start:

-Trader Vic Bartender’s Guide(1947/1972):

The first edition dates from 1947 and the revised edition from 1972. This is the manual of cocktails according to Trader Vic, he doesn’t speak about tiki cocktails, he speaks about cocktails in general. In it we can find all the classics (Martinis, Daiquiris, Manhattans, …) and, among them, some 143 exotic cocktails from Trader Vic. He talks about his point of view of bartending, about the clientele, about how to prepare drinks, about liqueurs and spirits and then categorizes the recipes according to the base distillate, but also according to the type of cocktail: After-dinner, Daisies, Eggnogs and Milk Punches, Fizzes, Hot Drinks, Juleps, Non-alcoholic, Punches, Coolers, Punch Bowls, Rickeys , Smashes, Mojitos, Sours, Swizzles and Wine Cups.

As it is an old book you can find it second hand in some specialized online stores.

-Beachbum Berry Remixed: A Gallery of Tiki Drinks (2009):

I would define this book as my quintessential tiki cocktail reference manual. In this book, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry groups two of his previous books, Grog Log (1998) and Intoxica! (2002), reviewing and updating them, adding 107 new recipes. This book reveals the lost and never before published original recipes of many classics of tiki cocktails, such as the Jet Pilot, the Zombie or the Nui Nui.

You can get it here.

-Sippin’ Safari 10th Anniversary Edition (2017):

We follow with Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and the 10th anniversary special edition of the original Sippin ‘Safari (2007), which kicked off the cocktail-level Tiki Revival worldwide, revealing 69 secret historical recipes and the stories of people who were behind them. In the new version we find 14 new classic recipes never published before, a 26-page introduction of how Jeff discovered and decoded the recipes published in this book, plus an extra 29 pages explaining the Tiki Revival that this book generated and contemporary recipes from the most famous bars in the USA and Europe.

You can get it here or here.

-Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic cocktails, rum and the cult of Tiki (2016)

Martin y Rebecca Cate, propietarios de Smuggler’s Cove en San Francisco, nos traen una biblia del tiki en toda regla. En su libro encontramos historia, recetas clásicas y modernas de su bar, informaciones detalladas sobre cómo decorar tu home bar o que necesitas para hacer una auténtica luau party, además de mucho detalle en herramientas, técnicas, ingredientes, decoraciones y ron, sobre todo ron. Martin nos enseña su particular manera de entender y clasificar los rones y cómo aplicarlo a sus cócteles.

Martin and Rebecca Cate, owners of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, bring us a full-blown tiki bible. In his book we could find history, classic and modern recipes from his bar, detailed information on how to decorate your home bar or what you need to make an authentic luau party, as well as much detail on tools, techniques, ingredients, decorations and rum, especially rum. Martin teaches us his particular way of understanding and classifying rums and how to apply it to his cocktails.

A point of view of the same story different from the the books that existed until then, which always makes this reading interesting.

You can get it here.

-Minimalist Tiki (2019):

Matt Pietrek (aka Cocktail Wonk) and Carrie Smith bring us another point of view of tiki, wanting to make it understandable and replicable for all kinds of audiences. This does not imply that this is going to be a type of  “Tiki for Dummies” book or anything like that, the regulars of the Cocktail Wonk blog will already know what I’m talking about. Matt brings us a thorough analysis of classic recipes and ingredients (for the story it refers us to the previously recommended books), explains everything you need to have and how to organize your Minimalist Tiki Bar. He talks about techniques, liquors, equipment, decorations, how to make your syrups and homemade liqueurs and how to enhance your ability to improvise recipes.

It also offers a juicy section on rum talking about production, categorization, brands and industry, and rum recommendations for tiki.

Another strong point of the book is that of the “New Tiki Vanguard” where the recipes of 13 bartenders and 10 modern venues appear, giving us an insight into the world tiki scene with some 100 modern recipes (plus 30 classic tiki recipes).

You can buy it here.

Three of Strong is a bilingual blog!!!


Aloha friends!!!

After a time without publishing new posts, I decided to make a change in the original idea of the blog, it started as a blog in english, but now I want to open it to more public, making it accesible to the readers of spanish (my language).

It was a laborious process, because I decided to translate all the published posts since 2014 until today before  I continue writing this project.

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Ginger Drinks VS


Today I’m going to talk about another kind of good mixers for rums: The Ginger Drinks.

Here in Spain,the most popular is Ginger Ale, but on the contrary, in many countries this is the Ginger Beer…and I know the reason: there’s a more real and spiced ginger drink. I think that Ginger Ale is only a flavored soda, but the Ginger Beer in most of the cases had his own and peculiar character.

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Visiting the Ron Montero Distillery

rm1At the beginning of this month I travelled to the south of Spain, more specifically  to Motril, a sub-tropical climate region at the foothills of Sierra Nevada, near of Granada. The reason of this travel was visiting the last active distillery in Europe, the one who was founded by Francisco Montero Martin 51 years ago. Actually, Joaquin Martín Montero, nephew of Francisco Montero, and his daughter Andrea Martín Targa manages the Ron Montero distillery.

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Coca-Cola VS Fentimans Curiosity Cola


In the actual market we can find a lot of new and premium mixers for our drinks, and if we think in rum, the most popular mixer in which we think is cola. The most popular brand of cola used in the Rum&Cola, of course is Coke (Coca-Cola in Spain), but I llove to try new brands and give the opportunity to different flavours. We never know where we can find a better product!!!

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