This amazing photo just makes me feel like I'm in a tropical paradise. This photo was taken by Jeep Novak! on Flickr
Today, for Tiki Tuesday I thought I'd do something a little different and review a Rum. I picked up Pyrat Rum for the first time yesterday. It is from the makers of Patron Tequila. I bought a 750 ml bottle of the Pyrat Rum XO reserve at my local Sentry Grocery Store on sale for $18.99.
According to pyratrum.com, "Pyrat XO Reserve is a complex yet mellow blend of select Caribbean rums, aged up to 15 years in French Limousin and American sweet oak barrels." I was immediately curious to see if it lived up to that description.
First, I tried Pyrat in a snifter. It has a nice light caramel color. The aroma is of spice and vanilla. There are also hints of orange almost like Grand Marnier. The taste was pretty good. It started with vanilla and spice. I definitely got a hint of cinnamon and orange. Then, it finished with a tiny bit of sharpness, and a pretty mild burn factor. It had a nice oaky aftertaste. It is a fairly sweet rum.
The second suggestion on the label was to try it on the rocks with a lime wedge. Chilling it definitely brought out the oak from the barrels, and hid a lot of the vanilla and spice. It almost tasted like a bourbon.
Overall, I enjoyed the Pyrat XO Reserve Rum. My preference will definitely be the snifter over chilled with a lime wedge. It is a really nice after dinner drink. Pyratrum.com also had more suggested recipes. I look forward to trying them out.
What do you think? Have you tried any of the Pyrat Rums? What way do you like to enjoy Pyrat rum?
It can be difficult to figure out what tiki drinks you can make with the ingredients that you have on hand. It always takes me a while to flip through the recipe books until I find one that I can make.
Grogalizer.com solves this problem by telling you what drinks you can make. Here is how it works. You create an account on grogalizer.com. When you set up your account you indicate what tiki recipe books you own. Then, select the Juices, Mixers, Liquors, and Liquers that you have in your home tiki bar. Next, click on the "The Drinks" tab to get a list of the drink that you can make.
The results tell you what book the recipe is in and what page it is on. Be sure to select, "only books that I own" from the drop down at the top of the page so that it only returns drinks that you have the recipe for. You can then rate the drinks, and comment on them.
Grogalizer.com is a great site to figure out what drinks you can make. The only drawback is that you have to own the books to get the recipes. However, a ton of time and work went in to producing those books so it is definitely worth spending a couple bucks and buying the books.
Lola Lo is the newest Tiki Bar to hit the UK. They opened their doors in Brighton on July 1st. According to a recent Twitter post Lola Lo will be open this Friday at 5:00 PM and will be offering half price cocktails until 10:00 PM.
Their drink menu includes many of the Tiki standards such as the Mai Tai, Singapore Sling, Zombie, and Blue Lagoon. They also offer up some Tiki bowls including their, "Easter Island Surprise", which sounds delicious. The full menu can be found on their website lolalobrighton.com. Also, on their website are pictures of Lola Lo's. It looks like a nice mix of modern and classic Tiki. I sure hope to check this place out in person someday. If you get there I'd love to hear about it. Post a comment below or send me a message on Facebook or Twitter. Mahalo!
Happy Tiki Tuesday! Today I'm out on my patio. The flamingos and I are enjoying a Chi Chi. The Chi Chi is basically a Pina Colada with vodka instead of rum. It was invented by Don The Beachcomber. Chi Chi is pidgin English for "Breast Milk".
- 5 oz Unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1 oz Lopez Coconut Cream
- 2 oz Vodka
- 1 cup of ice
Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and serve.
One variation is to add a dash or two of bitters for an interesting twist. Another is to add 1 oz Macadamia nut liqueur.
Enjoy your Chi Chi!