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The Cargo Cult – A Mezcal Tiki Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

A Coffee and Banana Tiki Cocktail that’s a great combo of tropical flavors!


This summer has been crazy season, with lots of overtime at work and not nearly enough cocktail blogging! All that extra work means a whole bunch of time dreaming about vacations to far away destinations like someplace with a beach and far away from lots of work! Thinking of beach vacations puts us in a mood for a good tropical cocktail, so why not turn back to the world of Tiki with our Cargo Cult Cocktail?


Coffee and Banana Tiki Cocktail

We decided to name the Cargo Cult after the phenomenon where a bunch of Pacific island tribes started to worship idols based off of cargo ships and airplanes that kept bringing cargo to the islands. Many of these tribes had their first experience with manufactured goods, exotic new flavors and technology from the outside world as a result of World War II. Soon these tribes were coming up with elaborate rituals to summon planes and ships to deliver exotic crates full of cargo!


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Tiki mugs in green and purple with flag straws, pineapple fronds. Coffee beans on wooden table

Speaking of cargo, our Cargo Cult Cocktail is full of things that are associated with lots of exotic tropical cargo. It may arrive on ships and in crates, coconut, pineapple, coffee and bananas! In the cocktail world, banana is one of those flavors that is seriously underutilized despite being one of the most familiar tropical flavors and fruits.

Green and purple tiki mugs with straws, pineapple fronds and coconut cream on top. Coffee beans on wooden table

Bananas Are in Tiki Cocktails?

Maybe its is because banana’s don’t easily translate into juice, and frankly a mushed banana really isn’t the most appealing (did you see what I did there, so punny!) We know it isn’t the best looking ingredient in a cocktail! Plus, so many of the banana flavored spirits are that artificial banana flavor which a bunch of folks (including us) are not fans of! However, if you have a good banana flavored liqueur, it can make a Tiki cocktail really shine!

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Lucky for us, we just happened to have a batch of homemade banana liqueur on hand! We had experienced a great Tiki cocktail that featured banana as the star of the drink. That banana flavor was so good it got us thinking about how we could recreate that experience at home. We have been big fans of Tiki cocktails this summer and have been drinking lots of rum. Since our banana liqueur already featured rum, we wanted to make something with a different base spirit.

Green and purple tiki mugs with pineapple fronds, coconut cream and straws. Coffee beans on wooden table

Knowing that we were going to be putting lots of big bold tropical flavors in the Cargo Cult, we wanted a spirit that would stand up and enhance those tropical flavors. We ended up choosing to use mezcal for this coffee and banana tiki cocktail. Mezcal is a spicy, smoky flavor, and not only is bold, but it partners up to flavors like pineapple and coffee really well!


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Hand holding green tiki mug with straw, coconut cream, coffee beans and pineapple fronds

What Flavors did We want in this Tiki Cocktail?

Once we figured out the base spirit, we mixed in our banana liqueur, a little Nola Coffee Liqueur we got from our trip to St. George Distillery, and pineapple juice and knew we were on the right path. We still needed something to add that little spark to the cocktail to make it shine. That little spark was some chocolate bitters because what goes better than chocolate with a coffee and banana tiki cocktail?


With that little spark added, we needed something to top it off and pull the whole drink together. A float of whipped coconut cream added just the right amount of creamy richness. It also added tropical sweetness to make the Cargo Cult really fantastic! That creamy coconut was really a delight, smoothing out the bitter notes of the coffee. It also took the spicy edge of the mezcal out while enhancing the tropical feel. Plus, it looked cool and gave us someplace to garnish the cocktail with some coffee beans!

Purple tiki mug with coconut cream, coffee beans, pineapple fronds and straw with gold flag

What Ingredients are Needed for the Cargo Cult Cocktail?

  • Mezcal
  • Coffee Liqueur
  • Banana Liqueur
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Chocolate Coffee BItters
  • Whipped Coconut Cream


If you are looking for something to keep your summer vacation alive, or a cocktail to help celebrate that feeling of vacation, definitely give the Cargo Cult a try!  Full of tropical flavors, a tiki mug and a topical garnish all combined to get us in the tropical mindset and make us feel like we were on vacation!




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The Cargo Cult - A Banana Coffee and Mezcal Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Smokey Mezcal, Coffee Liqueur, Banana Liqueur and fresh pineapple combine to make the Cargo Cult Cocktail, a tiki cocktail sure to transport you right to the tropical islands!


Cargo Cult Cocktail

  • 1 ounce mezcal
  • 1 ounce banana liqueur
  • .50 ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 ounce Pineapple juice
  • .50 ounce lemon juice
  • 4 dashes Chocolate Coffee Bitters
  • 1 tablespoon whipped coconut cream
  • coffee bean for garnish
  • pineapple slice for garnish


Fill a shaker with ice.

Add mezcal, coffee liqueur, banana liqueur, pineapple juice, lemon juice and bitters to the shaker.

Shake until chilled.

Fill a tiki mug with crushed ice.

Add a pineapple slice for a garnish,

Spoon the whipped coconut cream onto the top of the drink.

Float 3 coffee beans on the coconut cream float


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Cocktail

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 10.8gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 9.9gProtein: 0.1g

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Rachel K Hall

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

Fun background story!

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

Thanks! We thought it was great fun, and had to write about it!


Wednesday 5th of September 2018

A beautiful and tasty looking cocktail, like usual!

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

Thank you so much! Cheers to you and the cocktail!

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