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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Drinks in focus: Tiki time

Passenger bartender Amy Russell prepares a Bahia, a rum cocktail that tastes as good as it looks. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post
Tuesday nights are the highlight of the week for fans of tropical drinks, as both the Passenger and Tryst host “Tiki Tuesday” parties. Strong fruity drinks are served in colorful ceramic mugs or, for the truly adventurous, in flaming bowls garnished with fresh flowers.

These photos provide a preview of the Polynesian vibe at the Passenger, and they might make you a little thirsty.

Passenger patrons, from left, Jess Polk, Rory Reed, Cameron Malone and Mary Boyer chat during the July 12 Tiki Tuesday party. The bar is decorated with palm trees and grass skirts, and by the end of the night, many costumers are sporting flowers in their hair or decorative leis around their necks. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

Everything seems to slow down when bartenders prepare an attention-grabbing Scorpion Bowl. A potent mix of tropical rums and juice, it’s garnished with flowers and fruit slices and topped with blazing rum — hence the long straws. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

Passenger bartenders change the drink menu every week to feature new cocktails, but whether you order a Mai Tai, Zombie or Suffering Bastard, it arrives in a retro-looking ceramic tiki mug. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

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