Tahitian Temptress

Tahitian Temptress

The Tahitian Temptress was the official Ladies Who Tiki cocktail at our 2018 Tiki Oasis room party sponsored by Cane Land Distilling Co. A Hollywood Lanai original, created by our resident bartender Todd Hawkins, this cocktail is a delicious blend of r(h)um, pineapple juice, falernum, lime, vanilla and hibiscus syrup. Scroll down for the recipe.


  • 1oz Caneland Rhum Agricole
  • 1oz Coruba Rum
  • 2oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Falernum
  • 1/4oz Vanilla Bean Infused Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 oz Hibiscus Syrup

Shrunken Wahine

Shrunken Wahine

The Shrunken Wahine was our official Tiki Oasis 2019 room party drink and is an original recipe developed by Todd Hawkins and Kevin Crothers. Scroll down for the recipe and give this one a try at home!

Shrunken Wahine Cocktail Recipe


  • 1oz Plantation Xaymaca
  • 1oz Plantation 3 Star (*For extra funk use Probitas Rum)
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 3/4oz Liquid Alchemist Passionfruit Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime
  • 1/4 oz Aperol
  • 1/4 oz Macadamia Nut Liqueur

Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island

On May 13th, 2020 Michelle, the founder of Ladies Who Tiki, her husband Todd (our resident bartender) and their home tiki bar were featured on Liquid Alchemist’s Instagram channel via Instagram Live. During the interview, they made an original cocktail called “Fantasy Island”.  Below is the recipe:


If you decide to give this a try, be sure to take a picture and tag us!

*Liquid Alchemist is an LA-based company that makes high quality syrups in small batches from natural ingredients. They are official sponsor of Ladies Who Tiki*

Woman Crush Wednesdays at The Mermaid Los Angeles

Woman Crush Wednesdays at The Mermaid Los Angeles

The Mermaid in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles is home to tropical cocktails and nautical aesthetics. It’s an unexpected little pocket of paradise tucked away in the strip mall on 2nd Street and Alameda. While the area might be known for its abundance of Ramen, sushi, and other Japanese fares (and the popular Angel City Brewery), it’s definitely a spot worth checking out if you haven’t already. (Bonus: It’s only three bucks for parking!)

Katie Kildow and Arelene Roldan, who respectively opened Lemon Poppy Kitchen and Steampunk Coffee Bar and Kitchen first opened the Mermaid in August 2018. Since then, they’ve been mixing up nautical-inspired cocktails such as The Mermaiden Voyage and Ship of Fools, just to name a few. But it’s not just cocktails and mermaids at the little food and drink spot. They host a variety of events ranging from holiday fun to karaoke nights, to a monthly rotating bartender event.

Their recent monthly event held on Wednesdays, their Woman Crush Wednesday series (WCW), is a night where a female guest bartender from various hotspots is brought in to do what they do best: mix delectable potions behind the bar. A portion of the proceeds from each night is often given to a female-driven cause of choice.

Ladies Who Tiki had the pleasure of attending not just one Wednesday series, but two!

For the February WCW series, The Mermaid welcomed Marie King, head mixologist and bar manager of the Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge for Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Special guest DJ Jonpaul Balak (Tikiyaki Orchestra, Insect Surfers) was spinning the soundtrack for the night. Marie’s specialty cocktail proceeds went to Black Women For Wellness, an organization committed to healing, supporting, and educating black women and girls through health education, empowerment, and advocacy.

Marie King pouring Lau Lana

For the March WCW guest, Jeanie Grant from San Francisco’s Pagan Idol was behind the bar. She got her start in Tiki and rum culture in Seattle and now makes her home in the Bay as the Bar Manager for the popular Pagan Idol. She enjoys traveling to the source of spirit production (ie. St. Martinique, Jamaica, etc.), and creating the ultimate hospitality experience (as seen in her epic garnishes such as a Moai carved into a banana). Jeanie also holds the titles of reigning Iron Tikitender and Miss Speed Rack California.

Speed Rack is an event that features top female bartenders in key cocktail markets, putting them head to head in round robin style timed and judged challenges. It is the first competition to highlight the up and coming generation of strong women in the spirits industry. Jeanie’s specialty cocktails from this Woman Crush Wednesday series went to Speed Rack, which dedicates 100% of its National Cocktail Competition event proceeds to breast cancer education, prevention, and research.

Check out Jeanie’s cocktail menu below, and please check out The Mermaid soon!

Jeanie Grant of Pagan Idol
The Lost Isle

Ladies Who Tiki Meetup at Tiki Ti, Los Angeles

Ladies Who Tiki Meetup at Tiki Ti, Los Angeles

It was a chilly January Thursday night in Los Angeles, but the inside of one of LA’s oldest tiki bar was toasty as it became packed with ladies and fans of Ladies Who Tiki.

Tiki Ti, nestled in the heart of Sunset Junction was opened in 1961 by classic tiki cocktail mixologist, Ray Buhen. The small bar adorned with ephemera from its opening days and tiki treasures from over the years is now run by Ray’s son and grandson, Mike and Michael Buhen. This father-son duo, along with family friend Greg Bansuelo, pilot the bar and pour some flavorful and potent concoctions such as the classic “Ray’s Mistake” and the rowdy crowd-pleaser, the Ooga-Booga. (Rowdy because everyone repeatedly yells “Ooga-Booga!” while the bartender keeps pouring in a heaping amount of Myers! It’s eighteen dollars for the drink but you’ll be quite happy if you’re looking for something to knock the sober right out of you.)

Tiki Ti was the home of the first official Los Angeles Ladies Who Tiki meetup event. Michelle Perez, founder of Ladies Who Tiki, carried in a large box of stickers and pins to giveaway to fans while she greeted everyone. The bar was packed with a line out the door on Tiki Ti’s otherwise quiet night. Everyone was dolled up in their favorite Polynesian garb and accouterments. New friends were made and an overall welcoming feeling was prevalent throughout the whole bar. Ruby Champagne, Miss Tiki Oasis 2018, was present and received the “okay” from Mike Buhen Sr. himself, to pose on the bar top for a photo op. (Apparently, this was unheard of! Guess the Ladies Who Tiki made a good impression.) 

“I was super excited that this event was a huge success with a great turn out,” says Michelle Perez. “Seeing people interact with each other, taking photos, and exchanging info is always the best part of these meetups. It gives us ladies a chance to meet other like-minded women who all love tiki as much they do. There were a lot of people who had never been to Tiki Ti before and most simply hadn’t gone because they didn’t have someone to accompany them. This event gave them the opportunity and confidence to go to a bar by themselves. It can be intimidating putting yourself out there to meet new friends. With every event, I strive to create a safe space where people can feel comfortable networking with one another – and this last meet up at Tiki Ti, I truly feel that I accomplished that. Here’s to new friends and many more meetups in 2019!”


Please, stay tuned for the next meet up near you!

*Tiki Ti is in no way affiliated with Ladies Who Tiki LLC. Bar patrons were responsible for their own tabs. Founder Michelle Perez and her associates did not receive any profit from the bar at all.