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Entries in Cocktail (23)

Friday
May132011

The Outrigger Cocktail - A Tiki Adventure

Aloha!

The next cocktail in my adventures through Beach Bum Berry Remixed is The Outrigger.  This little cocktail comes in at only 3 oz.  The Outrigger was invented by Beachbum Berry himself.  He was on a quest to find a rum alternative to the classic Sidecar.  Finding no existing recipes he developed one on his own, and the Outrigger was born.

The outrigger has three simple ingredients, Gold Barbados Rum, Triple Sec, and fresh squeezed lemon juice.  The ingredients are shaken with ice and then strained into a 3 oz cocktail glass that has been rimmed with sugar.  Sadly, I didn't have quite the right cocktail glass.  So I used a Champaign flute.  As you can see from my picture it was way to big for the cocktail.  However, it still tasted good.  

Since the recipe calls for Barbados rum, I tried Cockspur Five Star Rum first. The Cockspur Five Star was a little to harsh for this cocktail.  The lemon flavors didn't sit quite right with this rum.  On it's own, Cockspur has nice hints of vanilla, and caramel to begin with.  Those flavors melt away to a buttery flavor, and the oak, from the barrels the rum was aged in, also comes through nicely.  So far so good....  Then, the finish, reveals flavors of racquet ball, and that's where Cockspur looses me.  It is still a good rum.  It just isn't quite right for cocktails where the flavors of the rum come through strong.  I'd imagine that Cockspur's higher quality rums are better for sipping.

For my second attempt I used a local, Milwaukee, rum.  Roaring Dan's Maple Flavored Rum.  This rum worked really well in the Outrigger.  The Roaring Dan's was a lot smoother than the Cockspur.  The maple flavors come through very nicely.  The lemon and the maple flavors married together nicely in the Outrigger.  The Outrigger may not be my favorite Tiki cocktail, but I'm sure I'll be having it again.  It's a nice switch from a Daiquiri, but still in the same family.  

If you are looking for the complete Outrigger 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

Saturday
May072011

How To Make A Derby Daiquiri

The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby is today, Saturday, May 7th.  I won't be drinking a mint julep as the Thoroughbreds make their sprint around the track.  Instead, I'll be having a Derby Daiquiri.  After all, I need a Tiki cocktail to quench my thirst.

The Derby Daiquiri was invented at the the Mai Kai by one of their famous mixologists, Mariano Licudine.  The cocktail won a contest making it the official drink of the Florida Derby.  You can still get a Derby Daiquiri today at the Mai Kai.

A true  Daiquiri isn't one of those syrupy frozen drinks that come out of one of those spinning machines.  A real daiquiri is rum, lime juice, and a little sugar.  The Derby Daiquiri expands on the formula slightly by adding orange juice.  This is one of the easiest Tiki cocktails to make.  

All you need is:

  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz White Puerto Rican Rum

First, chill your cocktail glass.  The original Derby Daiquiri was served in a special glass, but a Champaign saucer or other small glass will work great.  To chill a glass add ice and a splash of water to the glass, and let it chill while you make the cocktail.

Derby DaiquiriCombine the fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, and white Puerto Rican rum in a cocktail shaker with some ice.  Shake the ingredients until the outside of the shaker gets frosty.  Next, dump the ice and water out of the glass, and strain the cocktail into the glass.

That's all there is to it.  The Derby Daiquiri has a nice orange flavor, and a hint of lime.  There is a taste of Florida in every sip.  Just like the original Daiquiri the flavors of the rum come through.  So be sure to use a quality rum.  

Enjoy the derby and the daiquiri!

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

Saturday
Apr302011

How to Drink Out of A Pineapple

Aloha,

My post on How To Drink Out of A Coconut was quite popular. Maybe it was because I almost cut off my fingers.  Anyway, I thought I would explore other fun ways to drink Tiki cocktails.  Another fun way to serve Tiki cocktails is to make a cup out of a fresh Pineapple.  Using a pineapple corer it is really easy to remove the fruit from the center of the pineapple to make a cup.  You can pick up a pineapple corer for about $10 at almost any store that sells kitchen gadgets.  

All you have to do is cut the top off the pineapple. Then, twist the corer into the pineapple.  As, you twist the beautiful, sweet aroma of the fresh pineapple will fill the room.  

Be careful, to not go to go all the way through the pineapple.  You should be able to feel where the bottom of the corer is from the outside of the pineapple.

Once, you are getting close to the bottom just pull the corer out of the pineapple and the fruit will come with it.  It seems to help if you turn the pineapple while you pull.  Once the fruit is removed there will be juice in the pineapple that you can save for drinks.  The corer leaves the center in the pineapple, but this can be cut out with a knife.

I had read online that a bar in Australia was serving drinks in a frozen pineapple.  So, I'm going to give this a try.  The frozen pineapple will help keep the drink cold longer, and this should allow you to prepare the pineapples in advance. So, check back soon, and I'll let you know how it turns out.

Mahalo!

Damon

Saturday
Apr232011

Castaway Cocktail - Tiki Adventure

The CastawayAloha,

I'm slowly drinking my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed, and sharing my thoughts, and impressions about each of the cocktails.  As I go through the book from front to back, sampling each one, I'm having a fun Tiki Adventure.  The next cocktail is The Castaway.

The Castaway is based off a 1980s rum shooter called Jamaican Dust. This Tiki cocktail is very simple. It only has three ingredients, pineapple juice, coffee liqueur (Kahlua), and gold rum.  Even though, it only had three ingredients it is still pretty good.   

I was a little skeptical about mixing coffee liqueur and pineapple juice, but the combination is pretty good.  The pineapple juice, and the coffee liqueur make this cocktail almost creamy. The Castaway would work great as an after dinner drink.  

The recipe calls for crushed ice, and I would stick to that with the Castaway.  Anytime a cocktail recipe calls for crushed ice you really want to listen.  Crushed ice is going to melt faster causing the drink to be diluted slightly.  Recipes with crushed ice are designed to have this dilution happen.  Without crushed ice the flavors may be too syrupy or intense.  Just the slight melting of the ice can really transform a drink and take it from being an OK drink to an amazing one.  In the case of coffee liqueur and pineapple juice it's good to have a little dilution.  Otherwise, the flavors are overly intense and the drink is too thick.  

I don't think The Castaway is one of my favorite Tiki cocktails.  It doesn't have a whole lot going on in it.  I prefer a cocktail with a little more going on in it, but it's still a good cocktail.   

If you are looking for the recipe for The Castaway get a copy of Beach Bum Berry Remixed.  It has a lot of great Tiki Cocktails in it including The Castaway.  Have you tried the Castaway? I'd love to hear what you think about it.  Just leave a comment below.

Mahalo!

Damon