Drinker of the month: How to make an Italian Tiki

Drinker of the Month is an ongoing monthly series I publish on my news site, Drinkable Reno. It’s a fun, informative conversation story with a popular mover and shaker in the liquor business in Reno. More often than not, it’s a bartender. In November, I started adding video to the series and this is the first one.


How To Make an Italian Tiki with Annalisa from Michael Higdon on Vimeo.

Annalisa Suarez, 2014 secretary of United State Bartender’s Guild Reno Chapter and bartender at the Peppermill Reno Casino Terrace Lounge demonstrates how to make an excellent Galliano and tequila based cocktail.


  • 1 oz Galliano
  • 1 oz Lemon juice
  • .5 oz Agave Nectar
  • .5 oz Don Julio Reposado
  • Splash St. George Raspberry Liqueur
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Lemon to garnish


Combine lemon, agave, tequila and Galliano. Shake with crushed ice. Add splash of St. George to final glass. Double strain shaker into the glass. Add ice to the glass. Garnish with lemon. Add bitters. Enjoy!