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I am compiling a master list of Trader Vic's modern recipes, meaning that if you walk into a Vic's today, it's what you'd get. A good number of recipes evolve over time, so what the 1972 Bartender's Guide called for in a Rum Keg is quite different than what the modern recipe is. Also, even in some of Vic's social media posts, there are small differences, so I realize there is a bit of fluidity here.

Some of the recipes are still unknown, so I'm wondering if anyone here has clues or insights into any of the following (please share sources too; I'm trying to avoid copy-cat recipes or variations):

  • Shanghai Lotus
  • Vodka Mai Tai (I assume it's a Mai Tai with Vodka instead of rum, but I still haven't seen a confirmation.)
  • Honolulu Bay
  • Tahitian Mudslide
  • Keoke Coffee
  • Vic’s Itch
  • Golden Grog
  • Banana Dreams
  • Drunken Monkey
  • Trader Vic’s Painkiller
  • Daiquiri Aperitivo
  • Ku Anuanu
  • Pilo Pilo
  • Vic & Dotty
  • Moku Nani

[ Edited by craft_tiki on 2022-08-30 10:59:15 ]

Ah, a new Quizlet sheds some light on a few of these! https://quizlet.com/690283187/trader-vics-eville-flash-cards/

Hey there, sounds like a fun effort! I may have copies of some Trader Vic's recipe cards which were leaked as part of an auction many years ago, and I'm going to look for them. If I find them, I'll get back to you here. But I want to encourage you to continue the work - it's fun - even if you get "tribute" drink recipes and not the actual "real" recipes.

These were shown in a webinar a couple years ago. maitaipuncheszombie

Excellent, thank you Kevin. The Pele Poli'ahu was another on my list of unknowns. I'm jealous that you've tasted the Pilo Pilo (San Jose signature drink)! Next time you're there, see if you can catch what they're mixing!

I was at Trader Vic's London on 11 July 2022 and here's the rum mix for their Mai Tai.

Equal parts:

  • Meyers
  • Mount Gay Eclipse
  • Clement Rhum Agricole


Here's my current list of unknown recipes. Please post if you have info!

  • Pilo Pilo
  • Ku Anuanu
  • Trader Vic’s Painkiller (specs known except contents of Mandalay Mix)
  • Vic & Dotty
  • Drunken Monkey
  • Shanghai Lotus
  • La Florida
  • Hala Luau
  • Dreamless Bananas (Traders To Be drink)

Here's the known list, verified with an official source:

Barrels & Bowls

  • Lanyu Punch Bowl
  • Tip Tao Punch
  • Tiki Bowl
  • Trader Vic’s Rum Cup
  • Scorpion Bowl
  • Kava Bowl
  • Rum Giggle
  • Rum Keg

Potent Potions

  • Pele Poli’ahu
  • Trader Vic's Own Punch
  • Pogo Stick
  • Passion Punch
  • Don the Trader
  • Dr. Funk of Tahiti
  • Doctor Funk’s Son
  • Tonga Punch
  • Rangoon Ruby
  • Barbados Daiquiri
  • Planter’s Punch
  • Trader Vic’s Sling
  • Trader Vic’s Stinker
  • Gun Club Punch
  • Vic’s Itch
  • Nippon Tea Punch
  • Scorpion
  • Tututupo Tiki
  • Tiki Grog
  • Tortuga
  • Samoan Fog Cutter
  • Koana Puffer
  • Zombie
  • Navy Grog
  • Tiki Puka Puka
  • Pupule Punch

Flavors From Beyond

  • PB2Y2 Gremlin
  • Barbados Red Rum Swizzle
  • Sandia Cooler
  • Kamaaina
  • Ocean Tiki
  • Babalu
  • Pino Pepe
  • Rhum Cosmo
  • Voodoo Grog
  • Starboard Light
  • Port Light
  • Nautilus
  • Wahine
  • Golden Eye Koi
  • Drum of Ku
  • Aroy
  • Pipeline
  • Zamboanga
  • Moku Nani
  • Banana Dreams
  • Singapore Symphony
  • Potted Parrot
  • Seaside Grog
  • E’ville Awa
  • Seyhorse
  • Trader Vic’s Grog
  • Golden Grog

Coconut Concoctions

  • Chi Chi
  • The Angry Bastard
  • E'ville Batida
  • Peachtree Punch
  • Bahia


  • Munich Sour
  • London Sour
  • Dublin Sour
  • Toronto Sour
  • Jalisco Sour
  • Eastern Sour

Happy Endings

  • Tahitian Mudslide
  • Brandy Alexander
  • White Cloud
  • TV After Dinner

Fireside Grogs

  • Caribbean Hot Swizzle
  • Trader Vic’s Hot Buttered Rum
  • Keoke Coffee
  • Northwest Passage
  • Kafe La-Te
  • Coffee Diablo
  • Tahitian Coffee
  • Coffee Grog
  • Black Stripe
  • Hot Rum Cow

Mai Tai

  • Vodka Mai Tai / Rusky Tai
  • Passion Tai
  • Mango Tai
  • Guava Mai Tai
  • Maui Mai Tai
  • Trader Vic’s Mai Tai
  • SF Mai Tai
  • 1944 Mai Tai
  • Menehune Juice
  • Pinky Gonzalez
  • Honi Honi
  • Suffering Bastard

Snazzy Sippers

  • Siboney
  • Cosmo Place
  • Tears of the Tiki
  • Tahitian Pearl
  • Trader Vic's Cocktail
  • Colonel’s Big Opu
  • Montego Bay
  • Daiquiri Apertivo
  • Passion Cocktail

Traders to Be

  • Coral Reef
  • Kona Cooler
  • Maraschino Hoʻoulu
  • Puerto Principe
  • Honolulu Bay
  • Queen Charlotte Fruit Punch
  • No Tai Mai Tai

[ Edited by craft_tiki on 2022-09-01 13:13:21 ]

@leevigraham - did they have any Trader Vic's Rums in use?

I don't believe that TV:London uses many, if any, Trader Vic's rums or syrups. Even their grog mix is house made.


Wow, it appears you have some that I've been looking for. My current list of Trader Vic's cocktail recipes I'm in search of:

Almost There

Cherry Popper

Coco Pink

Daiquiri Apertivo

Dolce Kona

Drunken Geisha

Il Fresco

Lost at Sea

Lychee Ki

Maui Tai Tea

Paradise Island

Trader Vic's Pipeline

Rhum Cosmo

Shanghai Lotus

Spiked Pineapple

Spring Fever

Sweet and Sour Gigi

For most of these I have some of the ingredients that I've taken from menus, but not proportions. And I never know if menu lists include all the ingredients in a drink.

[ Edited by arriano on 2022-09-08 16:44:44 ]


Oh, and here's the recipe for the Ku Anuanu

• 1 oz Apricot Liqueur, • 1½ oz Barbados Rum, • 1 oz Mezcal, • 1½ oz Brandy, • ½ oz Orgeat, • 1½ oz Lemon Juice, • 5 dashes of Scrappy’s Firewater Bitters

Shake with crushed ice and pour into a Marquesan Drum mug. Garnish with a lime shell filled with overproof rum and ignited.

[ Edited by arriano on 2022-09-08 16:47:19 ]

Thanks for the Ku Anuanu recipe! I had one last night at Trader Vic's and took similar notes. Where did you get your recipe from? I'm trying to make sure every recipe is as official as I can get. I could have sworn I saw light and amber rums go into the drink.

Daiquiri Apertivo

An homage to the Cuban classics. We feel this would have been the Daiquiri No. 5. Kissed with grapefruit and Itailian apertivo.

1 1/2 oz T.V. Light Rum

1/2 oz Aperol

5 drops Maraschino Liqueur

1/2 oz Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Source: official trader vic's recipe


A powerful concoction of fruit juices, spiced rum, Southern Comfort, 151 rum with a hint of almond and orange liquor. This drink will make you feel like surfing a pipeline from Abu Dhabi all the way to the Hawaiian shores…

1 ½ oz Pineapple juice

½ oz Lemon juice

1 ½ oz spiced rum

½ oz blue curacao

¼ oz orgeat

¼ oz grenadine

½ oz southern comfort

½ oz 151 proof rum

Serve in chimney glass with flower

Source: Scan from official Trader Vic's book

Rhum Cosmo

KōHana Hawaiian Agricole rum blended with pineapple and fresh citrus juices.

1/2 oz Lime juice

2 oz Pineapple juice

1/2 oz Rock Candy Syrup

1.5 oz Rhum Agricole

Cosmo Slice (Pineapple)



Footed Ice Tea Glass

Source: TV Bartender

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Cool, thanks! I got the Ku Anuanu from another batch of TV flashcards that have apparently now disappeared from internet view. I think you're missing a bunch of other cocktails, including:

Bahrain Pearl - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s, Manama, Bahrain

Banana Batida

Bangkok Sour - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s, Bangkok, Thailand (made with Mehkong Whiskey)

Barcelona Sour - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s, Barcelona, Spain (made with sherry)

Big Kahuna - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s, Los Angeles, Calif.

Black Sand Beach

Cactus Bloom - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic's, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Chai's Beverly Starburst - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s Lounge, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Comfort Sour

Dallas Star - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s, Dallas, Texas

Diablo Grog

Hakata Sling

Hanami Daiquiri

Hawaiian Hibiscus Cup

Hula Hoop (aka Hula Girl) - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lounge, Ras al Khaimah, UAE

Jiaolong - The River Dragon

Labuyo Swizzle

Mango Taj (not to be confused with Mango Tai) - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s, Bangalore, India

Manila Sunset

Nelson's Blood - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s, Portland, Ore.

Pele Poli' Ahu

Raffles Bar Gin Sling

Sakura Mai Tai

Tokyo Mai Tai

Tokyo Sour - Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s, Tokyo, Japan

Here are some recipes that have documentation for:


• 2 oz Coconut Rum

• ½ oz 151-proof Virgin Islands Rum

• 1 dash Activated Charcoal Syrup

• ½ oz Lime Juice

• 1½ oz Pineapple Juice

Mix the syrup with the activated charcoal, starting with just a quarter of a tablet; add more if you want the cocktail to be darker. Once the charcoal is thoroughly dissolved, mix all ingredients together in a shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orchid blossom. Note - Activated Charcoal Syrup: Dissolve ¼ tablet of activated charcoal with ¾ oz rock candy syrup. From Trader Vic’s, Emeryville, Calif. Recipe printed in The Mercury News, Aug. 12, 2017.


• ¾ oz Prickly Pear Syrup

• ½ oz Lemon Juice

• 1 oz Limoncello

• 1½ oz Pisco

In a blender, mix on high for five seconds with 1 cup crushed ice. Pour it into a stemmed cocktail glass and garnish with a pineapple leaf. Signature cocktail of Trader Vic's, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2006-11. Recipe printed in Phoenix Magazine (May 2010), and given during a demonstration on a local ABC affiliate shot at Trader Vic’s (April 2008).


• ½ oz Lemon Juice

• ½ tsp Powdered Sugar

• 1½ oz Southern Comfort

Shake well with cracked ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange slice and cocktail cherry. From a cocktail card, date unknown, listing Trader Vic’s, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Havana.


• 2 wedges Pineapple

• 3 Mint Leaves

• 1¼ oz Reposado Tequila

• 1 oz Coconut Rum

• ¼ oz Blue Curacao

• 1 oz Lime Juice

• 1 oz Agave Nectar

Muddle pineapple and mint in glass. Add remaining ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Loosely strain into a 12-ounce old fashioned glass, allowing a little of muddled mixture. Garnish with a slice of star fruit and lime peel spiral. Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s, Dallas, Texas, 2007-10. Recipe printed on keepsake glass.


• ¼ Lemon, squeezed (rind reserved)

• ¼ Orange, squeezed (rind reserved)

• ¼ oz Lemon Juice

• ¼ oz Blood Orange Juice

• ¼ oz Brandy

• ¼ oz Falernum Liqueur

• 2 oz Dark Rum

• 2 oz Ginger Beer

In a large ice-filled shaker, add lemon rind (reserve the orange rind for garnish), citrus juices, brandy, falernum and rum; shake until well-blended. Pour shaker contents into a double old-fashioned glass, and float ginger beer. Garnish with slices of reserved orange rind and sprigs of fresh mint. Signature cocktail of Trader Vic’s, Portland, Ore., 2011-16. Recipe printed in The Oregonian newspaper, Aug. 9, 2011.

Thanks! Do you have the specs for a Vic and Dotty, Golden Grog, or Pilo Pilo?

My V&D was confirmed at Vic's the other day, but I wanted to be sure. It was a guess that turned out to be correct: 0.5 oz lime 0.5 oz orange 0.5 oz honey syrup 0.25 oz Grog Concentrate 0.25 oz John D. Taylor Falernum 1 oz Royal Amber rum 1 oz Appleton Estate Signature rum 1 dash Angostura Decorate with pineapple frond and three maraschino cherries

Nope, sorry I don't have any of those. Although a couple of funny things about the Golden Grog: It's apparently either the same or very close to the Golden Grog served at Zombie Village in SF. Also, the Trader Vic's in Bahrain seems to change its signature cocktail on a regular basis. At various times it's been Bahrain Pearl, Maui Tai and ... Golden Grog.

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I have this recipe written down, but not sure where I got it. It's possible it's from one of TV's Facebook posts. That's where I got a few other recipes.

Hala Luau • 1½ oz Gold Rum • 2 oz Mango Nectar • 1 oz Orange Juice • ½ oz Lime Juice • ½ oz Orgeat • ¼ oz Trader Vic’s Grog Concentrate Blend with crushed ice. Pour into a Menehune Compote mug. Garnish with a gardenia blossom.

Awesome info, thanks!

New (old) one officially released: Queen’s Park Swizzle Toast the Caribbean. Dark, rich rums and tropical fruits make this a potent but palatable drink. 1 oz. Light Rum 1 oz. Dark Rum 1 oz. 151 Rum Dash Angostura Bitters Dash Simple Syrup Squeeze 1/2 Lime (save spent shell) Fill with crushed ice over ingredients. Swizzle in Zombie glass until frost appears on the outside of the glass. Top with spent lime shell and sprig mint. Source: TV Email

The odd thing about the Hala Luau recipe is that one menu refers to it with the following description: "Mango and orange with rums and sprite"

Another menu sounds more appetizing and is likely the recipe you posted: Created as our signature cocktail for our location here in Muscat. A perfect blend of rums, mango, almond and spices. This cool, refreshing delight is ideal for those warm Muscat night

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I've found that not all Trader Vic's follow the exact same recipes. Sometimes it's simply a little bit more or less of an ingredient or different rums, and other times has different ingredients. The Seyhorse includes Tuaca in at least one location's recipe while not at others. The Don the Trader recipe from Chicago is different from the one in the UAE.

Even their corporate emails vary. I've got 3 different Kava Bowls from their emails over the past 3 years!

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