ti·​ki | \ ˈtē-kē \

Definition of tiki 

: a wood or stone image of a Polynesian supernatural power

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Instructions: Mix two parts pink grapefruit juice to one part cinnamon syrup for a classic tiki syrup called Don’s Mix. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 The scenic beachscape was even complete with its own tiki hut and mini boardwalk, which Karl later took his final bow on. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Turned Its Runway Into a Beach—Complete With an Ocean and Lifeguards On Duty," 2 Oct. 2018 The night before the car attack, the Unite the Right attendees marched on a statue of Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia — the now-infamous tiki torch march. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Aubtin Heydari was nearly killed at the Charlottesville rally last year. This is his story.," 10 Aug. 2018 Shake for 20-30 seconds and strain into a tiki mug or Collins glass. Kevin Hopper, idahostatesman, "Recipes survive gone-but-not-forgotten culture of 1950s," 2 June 2018 But in the world of tiki, the Escondido artist is a legend. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Escondido's influential tiki man 'Bosko' is subject of new film," 8 July 2018 Three Dots and a Dash The Saturn, a 1960s tiki drink made with gin, lemon, passion fruit falernum and orgeat, gets topped with a negroni float to create the Saturn + Negroni ($15) at the River North tropical bar. Samantha Nelson, chicagotribune.com, "12 Chicago spots to get your Negroni on this week," 4 June 2018 Based on the original in Miami Beach, the bar transplants an aesthetic that’s part haute hippie, part tiki to the middle of the concrete jungle. John Ortved, New York Times, "What 8 Thirsty Scenesters Wore to the Broken Shaker Bar," 4 July 2018 In the 1990s, tiki culture started coming back in style. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Escondido's influential tiki man 'Bosko' is subject of new film," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of tiki

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tiki

Maori & Marquesan, from Tiki, first man or creator of first man

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