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Entries in Beachbum Berry (4)

Saturday
Nov262011

A Tiki Adventure: Don's Special Daiquiri

Aloha,

It was such a hectic week at my day job this past week.  I couldn't wait to get away from it all in my very own Tiki bar. So, to relax and unwind I'm continuing my Tiki cocktail adventure through Beachbum Berry's Remixed and having Don's Special Daiquiri.  

Don's Special Daiquiri

I love a daiquiri!  Now, I'm not talking about those sickeningly sweet blended monstrosities that most places pass of as a daiquiri. I'm talking about a simple little cocktail made from rum, lime juice, and a little sugar.  An original daiquiri is shaken and then strained into a cocktail glass. A daiquiri like that is simply perfection.

Originally, a light rum was used in the daiquiri, but it is fun to experiment with different rums in a daiquiri.  When sampling a new rum for the first time I like to try it in a daiquiri.  It gives a great sense of what the rum is like.

So, while I was thumbing through Beachbum Berry's Remixed to see what cocktail I wanted to try next I was excited to see Don's Special Daiquiri. So I mixed one up right away.  

Don's Special Daiquiri was a little different than the traditional daiquiri, but the recipe didn't veer off course too far.  It has a little less lime juice, honey mix (equal parts honey and water) instead of sugar, and some passion fruit syrup.  Instead of one rum there was a light Puerto Rican rum, and a gold Jamaican rum.  

After pouring the drink into the cocktail glass a nice aroma of citrus and passion fruit was in the air.  Don's Special Daiquiri had a nice yellow color that came from the passion fruit syrup.   My first sip started with a great passion fruit flavor that was followed by a hint of honey.  That gave way to a hint of lime juice and a little tartness.  You could also taste the rum.  I used Appleton Jamaican rum and it worked beautifully in this drink.  

With the honey and passion fruit syrup Don's Special Daiquiri is sweeter than the original, but it isn't too sweet.  I really enjoyed it.  If you find an original daiquiri too sour try Don's Special Daiquiri.  It isn't nearly as sour as the original.

As usual, I'm not giving out the recipe to the cocktails in my Tiki Adventure series.  Instead, I would encourage you to buy Beachbum Berry Remixed.  You'll find this recipe in the book along with many other amazing Tiki cocktails.

After one of these, the stress from the week had melted away, and I was off to paradise.

Mahalo!

Damon

Thursday
May052011

El Diablo - A Tiki Adventure on Cinco De Mayo

El DiabloAloha,

For my next cocktail out of Beach Bum Berry Remixed I choose the El Diablo.  It is one of the few Tiki cocktails that has tequila.  With today being Cinco De Mayo it seemed very appropriate.  

 According to alcademics.com this cocktail was first mentioned in Trader Vic's Book of Food and Drink from 1946.  Then in the 1960s The El Diablo was featured on the menu of Trader Vic's Mexican Restaurant Chain, Senor Pico.  The recipe was printed throughout the years in may of Trader Vic's books.

What better cocktail to have on Cinco De Mayo than a cocktail from Trader Vic's Mexican restaurant chain?  So I combined the fresh lime juice, creme de cassis, tequila, and ginger beer.  Next, I stirred the ingredients gently so the carbonation wouldn't be lost, and poured the cocktail into a glass filled with crushed ice.  There wasn't very much of an aroma to this cocktail.  Just a hint of lime juice.  I took my first sip and realized that my bad day was to continue with this cocktail.  

My first impression was that it tasted like ketchup.  The creme de cassis has a very strong flavor.  It make the cocktail sweet and spicy.  My best description is ketchup with a hint of mustard spice.  My guess is the cassis is meant to cover the flavor of the tequila, because the tequila flavor was very subtle. 

I thought this can't be right.  So I read the instructions again and made another.  To my dismay it tasted the same.  I gave the cocktail one last chance and added an extra half ounce of lime juice.  This cut he cassis flavor down a bit, but it still was terrible.  If you are a fan of creme de cassis I'm sure you'll like an El Diablo, but this is one cocktail that isn't for me.  I dumped it out and made myself a Cuba Libre.  I guess that is why I call this an adventure. You never know what you are going to get.

Mahalo

 

Damon

Monday
May022011

Lei Lani Volcano - Tiki Adventure

Lei Lani VolcanoThe other day, I found a can of Guava Nectar that I had purchased a while back.  So, I thought I would go out of order from my adventures in Beach Bum Berry Remixed, and try something with Guava Nectar.  

The Lei Lani Volcano was invented at Disney's Polynesian Village (which is now The Polynesian Resort), and it is made with Guava Nectar. Since, Walt Disney World is one of my favorite places in the whole world to visit; the Lei Lani Volcano is a perfect choice.

The Polynesian Resort was one of the original resorts at Walt Disney World when it opened in 1971. The Polynesian Resort is situated on the Seven Seas Lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom.  The Barefoot Pool Bar is right on the Polynesian's beach.  It is so relaxing to sit on the beach and have a cocktail there.  If you ever need a break from the action at the Magic Kingdom take a short monorail ride to the Polynesian and relax on the beach with a cocktail.  You'll feel like you are in Hawaii.  The best part is you don't have to stay at the resort to enjoy the bar and the beach.  Also, the resort is a short walk from the Magic Kingdom parking lot; making it a nice place to end your day at the Magic Kingdom.

I really do like the Polynesian Resort, but I will warn you, they offers a "luau" called The Spirit of Aloha Dinner show.  I went to it a couple years ago.  It was quite disappointing.  The show was a super cheesy Lilo and Stitch adventure with bad Disney pop music.  The food was bland and not up to Disney standards. We left early along with a number of other families.  Not even the kids seemed to enjoy the dinner/show.  Hopefully, Disney has improved the experience.

The Lei Lani Volcano has guava nectar, unsweetened pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup, and coconut rum.  This smooth drink goes down really easy!  The pineapple juice is the first to hit your taste buds, and in concert with the lime juice has a hint of sour.  The sugar syrup cuts down the sourness very nicely though.  The guava nectar adds a great, almost strawberry flavor to the cocktail.

I really like the guava nectar in this cocktail.  It's a nice change from the typical pineapple and citrus drinks.  I used Cruzan Coconut Rum which added a great coconut flavor.  Cruzan Coconut has a more authentic coconut flavor that is less sweet than Malibu.  I'm guessing the Polynesian Village used Malibu back when they served this cocktail, but the Cruzan worked perfectly.  With every sip I was imagining myself on the beach at the Polynesian enjoying the sun, the view of Cinderella's Castle.  Now that is a magical day!

Mahalo,

Damon

Sunday
Apr102011

A Bourbon Special for a Special Day

Bourbon SpecialAloha!

Today, was a special day for all of us in Wisconsin.  It was the first day of the year where the temperature reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  We hadn't come anywhere near 80 degrees yet this year.  For the first time since last fall it felt like summer.  The sun was shining, and strong spring winds were blowing.  I've been working my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed trying every cocktail and sharing my thoughts on each one. How appropriate that the next drink in Beach Bum Berry Remixed is the Bourbon Special.  The Bourbon Special is a 1950s cocktail that originated at the Kon-Tiki restaurant chain. 

As I sat outside, on the patio, for the first time this year I tried the Bourbon Special.  It is made with fresh lime juice, sugar syrup, falernum, ginger beer, Bourbon, and Angostura bitters.  As always, it is important that you use fresh ingredients.  This cocktail is another true masterpiece!  The first sip coats your pallete with several flavors.  First you taste the lime juice which is nicely sweetened by the sugar syrup.  The falernum adds a hint of spices and a touch of almond which complement the lime nicely.  A nice ginger flavor also comes through from the ginger beer.  The oaky flavor of the Bourbon comes through but is just the right amount to complement the other ingredients of this special cocktail.  

The first time I made a Bourbon Special I forgot the bitters.  I actually liked this version better than the one with the bitters.  The bitters seems to hide the spices from the falernum and the ginger beer.  I liked the falernum flavors more pronounced.  I tried one other variation of the Bourbon Special.  I substituted the Bourbon with Roaring Dan's Rum.  This Milwaukee rum has a flavor that is similar to a whiskey.  However, the rum didn't really pull it's weight in the drink like the bourbon did.  The cocktail almost tasted like limeade.  I like limeade, but it didn't have such a great variety of flavor without the Bourbon.  I'm always amazed a how different a cocktail can taste with just one small change.

My favorite version wound up being with Bourbon, but without bitters.  I think that is just my personal taste though.  Even if you aren't a Bourbon or whiskey fan I would recommend trying this cocktail.  The strong Bourbon flavors that are too much for many peoploe are offset by the other ingredients.  I think this is a drink anyone can enjoy.  It was a fine way to kick off patio season.

As I drink my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed I'm reviewing each cocktail and sharing my thoughts. I'm not giving out the recipes.  It wouldn't be fair for me to give all the recipes out of the book. There would be no reason to buy it then, and everyone who worked on this fine book deserves to be rewarded for their hard work by you buying a copy.

 Mahalo!

Damon