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Entries in Cocktail (23)

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

Monday
Sep052011

How to Make Cinerama Luau Punch

Aloha!

I needed to bring a drink to pass to a pool party recently.  One easy way to make drinks for a crowd is to make a punch.  You can make the punch in advance, and your guests can help themselves during the party.  I took a look at the Tiki+ app that I have on my IPod, and found Cinerama Luau Punch.  Cinerama Luau Punch was invented in 1958 by Don the Beachcomber for the premier of the film Cinerama South Seas Adventure.

To make Cinerama Luau Punch combine:

  • 8 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 8 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 8 oz fresh lime juice
  • 8 oz fresh orange juice
  • 2 oz orange Curacao
  • 1/2 bottle (13 oz) white wine
  • 1 and 1/2 bottles ( 38 oz) gold Jamaican rum

Mix everything in a punch bowl with ice.

Wednesday
Aug032011

Trader Vic Grog - A Tiki Adventure

Trader Vic's GrogAloha,

Trader Vic's has been in the news a lot lately.  In less than a week one location closed and another one opened.  On Thursday, July, 28th Trader Vic's Portland opened it's doors.  Then, Saturday, July, 30th Trader Vic's Scottsdale had it's last day of operation.  All of this right on the heels of Trader Vic's Chicago silently closing.  All this news leaves Tiki fans wondering, what is going on with Trader Vic's?  When debating about the future of Trader Vic's  what better cocktail to sip than Trader Vic Grog. So the next cocktail in my series of Tiki Cocktail Adventures is Trader Vic's Grog.

Trader Vic Grog is a nice little cocktail, that can be found in Beach Bum Berry Remixed.  It's made with Fresh Lemon Juice, Pineapple Juice, Passion Fruit Syrup, Dark Jamaican Rum, and Angostura Bitters.  It's a pretty simple cocktail to make.  

I would encourage you to do the mint garnish on this one.  It adds a really nice aroma to the cocktail.  When you raise the glass to your lips the wonderful aroma of lemon and mint, makes you relax and sigh with relief, because you know it is Tiki Time!  The pineapple, lemon, and passion fruit compliment the dark rum very nicely.  The first one I made I used Coruba Dark Rum.  Coruba is my favorite dark rum.  It has nice brown sugar, and molasses flavors.  It is smoother than Meyers. My second I had with Meyers, and that worked well in this cocktail too.

Trader Vic Grog isn't too sour, and it isn't too sweet.  It's a great balance of flavors.  If you are just starting out your Tiki bar this would be a great cocktail to start with, because you don't need a lot of ingredients.  All the ingredients are easy to get too.  The passion fruit syrup might be the only one you have to order online.

And what do I think about all the changes with Trader Vic's you ask?  Well,  I'm a little worried about their future.  They've had quite a few locations close recently.  All of the ones that closed were only around for a couple years.  Trader Vic's Las Vegas opened in 2007 and closed in 2010.  Trader Vic's Dallas ended their 4 year run in 2010.  Trader Vic's Chicago closed this summer after only being open 2 1/2 years in it's Gold Coast location, and the Scottsdale location closed last week after five years.  

Initial reviews of the new Portland location are good.  So I hope they can keep up the momentum for the long haul there.  I hope that there is a long term vision that is being executed. What do you think?

So, here's to you Trader Vic's I wish you long term success. Cheers! 

Damon

P.S. If you are looking for the complete Hai Karate recipe check out Beach Bum Berry Remixed, or if you are really desperate Google it.  I just don't give out the recipe since Beachbum Berry worked hard to put the book together. Who am I to give away the recipes.

Sunday
Jul242011

Hai Karate - A Tiki Adventure

Hai Karate

Aloha,

It has been a while since I last posted my take on one of the cocktails from Beach Bum Berry Remixed Tiki Cocktail book.  This summer has been going by really fast!  Last night, I was out shopping for some ingredients so that I could try some of Kahuna Kevin's recipes from his book Why is the Rum Gone?.  It turns out it can be difficult tracking down some of the syrups he uses in Wisconsin.  So, I'll have to order online.  

I did pick up some maple syrup.  That opened up a few new cocktails for me.  It is so fun how you can slowly build on your bar stock over time.  If you start with just the ingredients to make one Tiki cocktail you don't have to spend a ton of money.  Then, slowly pick up new ingredients.  Before you know it you'll have a well stocked bar.  I like to pick up one new ingredient each week, but you don't even need to go that fast.  Sometimes I get a rum; other times it is a syrup. I just look through Remixed and see what looks good next, and see what I'm missing. 

After getting some maple syrup I was able to make the Hai Krate.  The Hai Karate was invented by Beachbum Berry circa 1999.  This cocktail is made with fresh lime juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, maple syrup, Angostura bitters, and amber Virgin Islands rum.  I used Cruzan.

The first thing you taste are the tart citrus flavors from the orange juice and the lime juice.  The tartness melts into pineapple flavors.  The maple syrup give the drink a nice hint of sweetness, and a sweet aftertaste remains for a few moments.  

This cocktail was a little on the sour side.  I like sour drinks so I enjoyed this one.  The tartness can vary based on your citrus too.  Sometimes limes are sweeter and sometimes they are more sour.  The maple syrup gave a little twist to the normal sweet components that come from simple syrup.

 If you are looking for the complete Hai Karate recipe check out Beach Bum Berry Remixed, or if you are really desperate Google it.  I just don't give out the recipe since Beachbum Berry worked hard to put the book together. Who am I to give away the recipes.

 Mahalo!

Damon

Sunday
May152011

How To Make A Cuba Libre

Cuba LibreThe Coast Lines & Tan Lines blog inspired today's video.   The Cuba Libre was the original name for today's popular Rum and Cola.  The cocktail was invented in Cuba around 1900 when American's brought Coca Cola to Cuba. Cuba Libre, meaning "free Cuba", was a popular saying in Cuba around that time because the country has just gained its independence.

In 1945 the Andrews Sisters helped the Rum and Coke gain popularity with their number two hit song, Rum and Coca Cola.  Check it out on Youtube.  It's a fun little song to listen to while drinking your Cuba Libre.

A Rum and Coke make not seem very Tiki.  However, this cocktail did seem exotic at the time it was invented.  Most Rum and Cokes served today don't come with a fresh lime wedge, but that is a key ingredient to the Cuba Libre.  I picked up some Key Limes for my Cuba Libre, but regular Persian limes work great too.

A key component to the original Cuba Libre was Coca Cola made with real sugar.  Here in the U.S. our Coke is made with High Fructose Corn Syrup.  So to get closer to the original Coke look for Mexican Coke at the grocery store.  The real sugar makes a difference.  The other key component is to use a rum like the one used around 1900 in Cuba. Since Cuban Rum isn't available in the U.S. Havana Club is out.  As I understand it Bacardi Gold is the next closest thing.

To Make a Cuba Libre you will need:

 

  • 2 oz Havana Club or Bacardi Gold Rum
  • 1 Key lime or 2 lime wedges
  • 4 oz Mexican Coke (or Coke made with Sugar)

 

Cut the Key Lime in half and place it in the glass.  Muddle the key lime gently to squeeze some of the juice and also release the oils from the skin of the lime.  Next, add about 1 cup of ice to the glass. Add the rum, and then top with the Cola.  Stir and enjoy!

The Cuba Libre has a nice lime flavor to it and the Mexican Coke makes it a little sweeter.  The Mexican Coke tastes spicier than American coke, and it has a bit of an herbal flavor.  This is a refreshing little cocktail.

Mahalo!

Damon