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Entries in Cocktail (23)

Monday
Apr182011

How to Make A Painkiller

The PainkillerAloha,

In the United States today is tax day.  To wear off some of that sting from the tax man Smuggler's Cove, one of the most popular Tiki bars in the U.S., is celebrating National Painkiller Day.   Sadly, Smuggler's Cove is across the country from me, but that isn't stopping me from having a good old Painkiller.  

This Tiki cocktail was invented in the 1970s  at the at The Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands. The Soggy Dollar has no dock so it's visitors have to swim to shore from their boats getting their money all wet, and that is how the bar got it's name.  The original Painkiller recipe is top secret, and is still being served to this day at The Soggy Dollar.  However, through some reverse engineering by some people with much better taste buds than mine you no longer have to go to The Soggy Dollar to enjoy this Tiki cocktail.

To make a Painkiller combine the following in a cocktail shaker with about a one cup of ice:

  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz Lopez Coconut Cream
  • 2.5 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (Preferably Pussar's Navy Rum)

Shake the ingredients together until the shaker is frosty on the outside. Then, pour it into a large glass or Tiki mug.  You may want to use a Tiki mug for this one because this great tasting drink isn't very pretty to look at.  Then, sprinkle some Nutmeg and Cinnamon on top.  Garnish with an orange wheel, pineapple slice, and cinnamon stick.

The Painkiller really surprised me with how amazing it was.  The Lopez Coconut cream gives a delicious coconut flavor to the drink, and the pineapple juice blends in nicely. I've tried other brands of Cream of Coconut, but Lopez is the best.  The only place I can find Lopez, near me, is at Wal-Mart.  

You get just a hint of orange from the fresh orange juice, and the dark Jamaican rum adds a nice touch, but doesn't over power.  Even a non-rum drinker will love this cocktail.  The Cinnamon and nutmeg go really well with the creamy coconut.  There is just the right amount of sweetness so that you could keep drinking these all day.  I can just imagine being in The Virgin Islands sipping on this while laying in a hammock, and listening to the gentle waves roll in.  Uncle Sam is a million miles away... 

I went to the Soggy Dollar's website to do research for this post, and they have the relaxing sound of waves crashing to the shore playing on their site.  I usually hate it when websites have background sounds, but the waves are very peaceful.  So pull up their website while sipping on your Painkiller and your cares will drift away even faster.

Mahalo!

Damon

Wednesday
Apr132011

The Sour Challenge: Eastern Sour Vs. Western Sour

Aloha!

As we continue sipping our way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed; you Bourbon fans are in luck!  We get to try two more Bourbon based cocktails; The Eastern Sour and The Western Sour.  Just like the Bourbon Special these two cocktails are also from the 1950s.  We'll take these two cocktails and put them against each other to see who is the champion of the "sour" cocktails.

The Western SourThe Western Sour was from Crane's Kon-Tiki restaurant chain.  The Kon-Tiki chain made it's home in Sheraton hotels across the U.S., and and was a direct competitor to Trader Vic's.  This Bourbon cocktail has fresh squeezed white grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, falernum, and sugar syrup.  The Western Sour isn't bad, but the grapefruit seems to work against the Bourbon a little.  You don't get that rich oaky flavor like you do with the Bourbon Special and the Eastern Sour.  When taking a sip you first taste sweet lime and grapefruit flavors.  It then changes to more of a sour lime flavor, and finally you taste the Bourbon.  The aftertaste is quite sour, and acidic.  I'm a person who likes sour flavors more than average, but it was even too sour for me.  Sometimes, I can blame my citrus for being the culprit on a sour drink, but I tasted the juice by itself and it was great.

The Eastern Sour is made of fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh lemon juice, orgeat syrup, sugar syrup, and Bourbon. Your first sip you taste orange juice with a hint of lemon juice.  The two juices go together extremely well.  There is a hint of sour from the lemon juice, but it isn't too strong.  The orange juice, orgeat syrup, and sugar syrup really help to balance out the sour lemon juice just right.  The wonderful oaky flavors of the Bourbon come through after the citrus and make you want another sip.  The orgeat also adds a hint of almond to the drink to give it more complexity that will make your taste buds dance with delight.  No matter where you are you'll be transported to a tropical oasis.  Just feel the sand between your toes, hear the waves crashing gently to the shore, and see the beautiful palm trees running along the beach. Ah.... isn't that relaxing.

The Eastern SourFor me, the Eastern Sour is the winner in this drink off.   You really had two quality cocktails, but the Eastern Sour with it's orange, lemon, orgeat, and Bourbon really made me want a second.  I just don't have the same feeling about the Western Sour.  These three Bourbon Tiki cocktails have opened my eyes to how great Bourbon works in Tiki drinks.  I always thought of rum as the staple spirit in Tiki cocktails, but Bourbon really offers some amazing cocktail experiences.

What do you think?  Do you like the Eastern Sour or Western Sour better?  Let me know.

If you are looking for the recipe to these two great cocktails you can pick up a copy of Beach Bum Berry Remixed, or if you really want to just Google for them.  The book isn't very expensive though. Just buy it.  Then, you can sip along with me and we can compare notes.

Mahalo

Damon

Next Up, The Castaway....

Tuesday
Mar292011

How to Drink Out of A Coconut

Aloha,

My friends at Paradise Cocktails sent me an email asking how to serve drinks in a coconut.  This is something I hadn't tried before, but it sounded like fun.  So I did some research.  It turns out it is really pretty easy to hack open a coconut so you can use it as a cup.

 

The first thing you want to do is drain the coconut water.  To do that use a nail or punch to put two holes in the coconut.  The best place to do this is in the eyes of the coconut.  They are softer and easy to poke through using a hammer.

Next, drain the coconut water.  Be sure to save the coconut water it is delicious, and can be used in a variety of different cocktails.  I suggest you filter the coconut water to separate out pieces of the shell that may have fallen in.  You can even freeze the coconut water to save it for longer periods of time.

After the coconut is drained use a large knife and chop the end off.   Be sure to keep turning the coconut as you chop away the hard shell. This makes it easier to break open.  After a few minutes you should break through the tough shell.  You may want to do this outside.  We had pieces of coconut flying everywhere.

After that, wash out the coconut.  Then, it is ready to serve drinks in.  You can reuse the same coconut several times throughout the night. Just keep filling it.  

Coconut Water, Rum Cocktail

Since I had coconut water I decided to make a coconut water, rum cocktail. First add some ice to the coconut. Then add:

 

  • 2 oz coconut water
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/4 of a lime

 

Stir everything together and serve.  This is a great simple cocktail.  The coconut water has a mildly sweet, yet refreshing, flavor. It is also slightly salty.  The rum and the lime really complement the coconut water.

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
Mar082011

Hurricane Taste Test

Happy Mardi Gras!  

Since, The Hurricane is the drink of Mardi Gras I thought I would have some fun and put the Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix up against the classic Hurricane Recipe

To sum it up, the Pat O'Brien's mix version tastes bitter, and flavorless.  You can really taste the corn syrup.  Upon further inspection, you can see the syrup settle at the bottom of the glass after it sits for a bit.  It is no wonder I got sick after drinking a few of these at last year's Mardi Gras festivities.  This just proves that quality fresh ingredients can make a huge difference in a cocktail.  Do yourself a favor and make some real Hurricanes.  I have the recipe here.

Have a safe and happy Mardi Gras!

Damon