The Tonga Room Chi Chi – Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail Recipe

Chi Chi Vodka Drink
Chi Chi Vodka Drink

I’ve run across some (strange) people in my life who for some unknown reason, don’t dig Rum. I dunno, to each his own. Anyway I figured I’d drum up a recipe this week that has Vodka in place of rum, since Vodka seems to be today’s universally accepted booze. I only had to poke around for a minute when I found

The Tonga Room Chi Chi

A twist on the original Chi Chi, which is basically a Vodka Piña Colada, served at the historic Fairmont Hotel’s famed Tonga Room in San Fransisco.

4 ounces pineapple juice
2 teaspoons coconut snow
1 1/4 ounces vodka
1 ounce half and half
about a cup of shaved ice
Throw  everything into a blender and blend; Pour into a tall clear glass. Top with a fresh orchid. Serve with a straw.


Regular Chi Chi:

1 1/ 2oz vodka
2 oz cream of coconut
2 oz pineapple juice
1 cup ice

Blend all ingredients until smooth in blender. Pour into a tall Tiki mug and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Have a great weekend, kids!

-Tiki Chris, reporting from Poolside at the Lanai

2 Replies to “The Tonga Room Chi Chi – Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail Recipe

  1. I can’t believe I’m seeing a vodka drink here!

    Might try it with rum just for kicks. Vodka is used for refreshing vintage apparel around here and not much else.

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