One of the best things about a tiki cocktail is the garnish. And while we’re typically on the side of edible or natural garnishes only—tiki is our one exception. When it comes to drinking out of a pineapple or sipping from a ceramic scorpion bowl, we want to find a fistful of colorful swizzle sticks or a plastic mermaid swimming in our cocktail along with our orange flags and carved coconut elephants.
Decking a tiki cocktail out with the right garnish is a true art: The garnish should be festive but not garish, authentically tropical but also kitsch, and worth stealing but not actually worth money. Here, our guide to the best inedible garnishes to top your tiki drinks.