Dr. Funk

The Dr. Funk cocktail was tiki before tiki was tiki. Created decades before Don the Beachcomber or Trader Vic started peddling their island-inspired fare, the bright, lightly spritzy cocktail was the delicious brainchild of German physician and mixologist, Dr. Bernhard Funk, who was stationed in the South Pacific. The doctor’s original version of the cocktail included just lime juice, absinthe and seltzer (with the occasional dash of grenadine). It wasn’t until the two tiki founders (Don and Vic) got a hold of the drink that rum came into the picture, officially inducting the cocktail into the tiki family. Fun fact: Dr. Funk was author Robert Louis Stevenson’s physician and friend.

Bitter, Sweet


  • 1.5 oz white rum
  • 1 tsp Absinthe
  • .5 oz Grenadine
  • .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Soda Water
  • Lime Wheel, for garnish
  • Cocktail Umbrella, for garnish


Step one

Add all ingredients except for the soda water to a shaker tin with ice.

Step two

Shake and strain with a Hawthorne strainer into a tiki mug.

Step three

Add fresh ice to the mug and garnish lavishly.

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