On Thursday, July 19, RMFR returns to the studio with Live & Local on FOX21 News in Colorado Springs, Colorado, alongside host, Lauren McDonald, and president of Craft Cocktail Inc., Montana Horsfall. We share some of our favorite tiki drinks from contributing local establishments and mix up six refreshing and robust Polynesian-inspired cocktails. Find the full list of the seasonal, hand-crafted beverages below and watch the the entire segment of “Summertime Sips” here.

The Principal’s Office


~Taste Brazil’s national cocktail.

Combine all the ingredients, roll in a shaker (a slow rowing-like motion) and serve in an “Old-Fashioned” glass over ice.

A caipirinha is simple to recreate and tastes both clean and spirit-forward.

Axe and the Oak Distillery/Whiskey House

“Dead Man Walking”

~A riff on the original tiki drink, a “Zombie.”

Combine all the ingredients, shake and serve in a high-ball glass with/without ice.

Axe & the Oak’s apple-infused bourbon, and the addition of allspice berries, gives this cocktail some serious aromatics.

Lee Spirits Co.

“The Saturn”  

~A famous gin-based tiki concoction.

Combine all the ingredients, shake and serve in a coupe glass.

Lee Spirits Co.’s liqueur features white grapefruit, spices and Colorado honey.


“Hey Shuga!”  

~A shout-out to the neighborhood restaurant/bar, Shuga’s

  • 2oz Plantation Rum
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • .25 oz lemon
  • .75 brown sugar simple syrup
  • 4 blackberries

Muddle the blackberries in a glass and then pour the fruit and the remaining ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass.

It’s all smiles on the set of FOX 21 News with this “purple drank” in hand.

Chiba Bar

“Gibson’s Archipelago”  

~The name for this scrumptious cocktail is derived from the William Gibson novel “Neuromancer.” 

  • .5oz white rum
  • .5 oz lime
  • .75 oz Falernum (“Barbados in a glass”)
  • .5 oz lime
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz pomegranate juice
  • kiwi garnish

Combine all the ingredients, shake and serve.

Tart and fruity, this cyperbunk cocktail is easy-drinking in a rad glass from Wine Punts.

503 W

“Jungle Bird”

~A classic combination of traditional tiki flavors in a festive, inexpensive glass from Arc Thrift Stores

  • 1.5 oz Avua Prata Cachaça
  • .75 Campari
  • 1.5 oz pineapple juice
  • .5 oz lime
  • .75 simple syrup (Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil, stirring constantly until combined.)
  • pineapple wedge and mint garnish

Combine all the ingredients, shake and serve.

Breakfast of champions. Lauren McDonald starts her morning off right with tiki drinks.