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Entries in Bitters (3)

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

Thursday
Mar102011

A Tiki Adventure: Beachcomber's Punch

Aloha,

Beachcomber's PunchAs I continue to sip my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed  the next drink is Beachcomber's Punch.  This tasty little drink has lime juice grapefruit juice, apricot brandy, simple syrup, Demerara rum, butters, and Pernod.  It is a delicious little drink that is served in a champagne flute.  You put all the ingredients in a blender for a few seconds which really crushes the ice into fine pieces.  It is garnished with a sprig of mint.

This recipe is one of the original Donn The Beachcomber recipes that dates back to the 1930s. It's amazing to think about the history this drink must have.  The countless times it has been served over the years.  I'm sure it must have be the start of a great night for so many people over the years.  Tonight, it was the start of my night.

Before you even pick up the glass you can smell the fresh mint that beautifully garnishes this cocktail.  There is a little trick to getting the mint aroma to really pop.  Clap your hands with the mint in the palm of one hand.  This will release the oils and make the mint far more aromatic.  

The first sip of the Beachcomber's Punch you can taste the wonderful citrus that is grapefruit, and lime which instantly transports you to paradise.  The Apricot Brandy adds a delicious twist to the cocktail.  That is followed by a whisper of the Demerara rum which adds a little oaky caramel tone. The Pernod and Bitters balance the drink out and cut down on the sweetness giving just a hint of anise.  This is a fun little drink that is served beautifully.

I did make the mistake of blending mine a little too long. So it came out more like a frozen drink than finely crushed.  Next time I'll be more careful, but that is all part of the fun trying these drinks and learning.

Mahalo!

Damon

In my Tiki Adventure I'm sipping my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed .  This book is the encyclopedia of Tiki Cocktails.  I'd like to share my impressions of each drink with you, but I don't think it's fair to give every recipe from the book.  People worked hard to make the book.  If you want the recipe then buy yourself a copy. It's well worth it!

 

Tuesday
Aug312010

How to Make a Suffering Bastard

Happy Tiki Tuesday!  This week for Tiki Tuesday we'll be making a Suffering Bastard.  The Suffering Bastard was invented at the Shepard Hotel in Cairo, Egypt and is a classic Tiki cocktail.  

To make a Suffering Bastard add some ice to your cocktail shaker then add:

 

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • Dash of Bitters

 

Shake well.  I always like to shake my drinks until the shaker gets really cold and sometimes even frosty. Then, pour the drink into a highball glass, or whatever you have.  The drink tastes the same in any glass.  Top it off with 4 oz of ginger beer or ginger ale.  Stir to mix in the ginger beer.  You can garnish it wish an orange slice.  

The gin and bourbon really blend in nicely with the combination of the lime juice, ginger beer, and bitters.  Even if you aren't a gin or bourbon fan give this one a try.  It blends well and the ginger tastes great!

Enjoy!

Come back next week for the next installment of Tiki Tuesday.  If you have a drink recipe you'd like to recommend for Tiki Tuesday send me a message using the contact form on letstiki.com, or find us on Twitter at twitter.com/LetsTiki

Mahalo!