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Entries in Bring a Tiki to Work Day (2)

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

Wednesday
Apr062011

Bring a Tiki to Work Day

Tiki and Coconut M&Ms

Aloha!

Bring a Tiki to Work Day was such a fun day!  I put on a Hawaiian shirt, and took one of my more colorful tikis with me to work today. Along with the tiki I brought coconut M&Ms to share with everyone.  

Instead of my normal cup for water I brought in a tiki mug to drink out of.  On my iPod I had exotica and Hawaiian style music playing all day through my headphones, and I changed my computer's wallpaper to a beautiful tropical sunset.  The day was far more relaxing and enjoyable.

I got a lot of positive feedback and people had wished I had told them in advance so they could have worn Hawaiian shirts and brought in treats.  I think a tiki day at work is on the horizon.

Today, made me realize how grey and dull my cube is. It's no wonder it can feel depressing around there sometimes.  We don't have any strict rules about decorations so I think a tropical make over is necessary. I'm also going to keep my tiki mug at work to drink out of instead of my boring old cup.

On days like this I realize work is really what we make of it.  Day in and day out work can become boring, routine, stressful, and downright un-enjoyable.  However, it's something we all have to do.  By making a conscious effort to find ways to make work fun you might actually have things to look forward to besides quitting time. So why not organize a tiki day at your work?

Dress code allowing, have everyone wear a Hawaiian shirt, and you bring in some cheap decorations for the day, and just have fun with it.  You could even have a cook out over lunch.  If grills make your company nervous just have everyone bring a lunch and eat it outside. You could still bring in snacks to share.  Most companies would embrace a fun event like this especially if it costs them little to nothing, and it will break up the boring routine.

Mahalo to Eric Hedman for organizing Bring A Tiki To Work Day on Facebook!