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Entries in dark rum (5)

Monday
Nov282011

How to Make A Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini

Aloha,

Today we are making a Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini.  

A few weeks ago I was at a local bar where a friend of mine bar tends.  The distributor gave him a bottle of cake flavored vodka.  So we did some experimenting to see what we could come up with. We mixed the cake vodka with a variety of things but nothing was tasting quite right.  Finally, we tried some pineapple juice.  That is when we knew we were on to something.  We added a little amaretto to the drink and it tasted just like a pineapple upside down cake.  

Later, at home, I added some dark rum and the recipe was even better.  The first time I tried cake flavored vodka I was surprise at how good it was.  It truly tastes just like cake.  Mixed with the pineapple juice, rum, and amaretto the cocktail is truly amazing.  

To make a pineapple upside down cake martini put some ice in a cocktail shaker.  Then add:

  • 2 oz cake flavored vodka
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz amaretto
  • 1/2 oz dark rum

Shake it up real good and then pour the drink, strained, into a martini glass.  Garnish the drink with a cherry, and enjoy!  

Let me know what you think about the martini by leaving a comment below.  I would love to hear your thoughts on what might make it even better.

Mahalo,

Damon

Tuesday
Mar152011

A Tiki Adventure: Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch

Aloha,

Colonel Beach's Plantation PunchAs I Continue my series of posts on tasting my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed next up is Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch.  This 1950's cocktail is from Donn The Beachcomber.  It has fresh lime juice, unsweetened pineapple juice, ginger beer, dark rum, gold Puerto Rican rum, gold Barbados rum, falernum, Angostura bitters, and Pernod. 

Nobody panic, but there seems to be a bit of lime shortage at the moment. When I picked up some limes to make this cocktail I paid $1.29 per lime!  I think that is the most I've ever paid for a lime.  Searching Google I couldn't find any news about it though.  I guess that is what you get when you live in the northern US.

I wound up having to make this cocktail twice.  The first time I forgot the Pernod.  It was pretty good, but adding that tiny bit of Pernod really enhances the drink.  The lime and pineapple flavors hit your pallet first, when you take a sip.  Then, the ginger beer and falernum come through with some ginger and spices.  Finally, the bitters and Pernod cut down on the sweetness and make it a cocktail that you could drink all night. 

Just watch out, this is one tall cocktail. Beach Bum Berry Remixed doesn't specify what type of glass to use for this one.  It just says a tall glass; even a hurricane glass wasn't quite big enough.

I'd highly reccomend Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch.  To get the recipe and many other great tiki recipes pick up a copy of Beach Bum Berry Remixed.  

 

Mahalo! 

 

Damon

P.S. I'm not at all affiliated with Beach Bum Berry.  I did however put an Amazon associtate ID on my link to the book, and make a few cents if you buy the book from my link.  That's not the point though.  I just want to sip through the book and share my thoughts and experiences.

Thursday
Mar032011

How to Make a Hurricane Cocktail

Aloha!

The HurricaneWith Mardi Gras around the corner it is time to have a Hurricane.  The Hurricane cocktail was invented by Pat O'Brien's during World War II in New Orleans. During the war many varieties of liquor were in short supply.  In order to get a case of whiskey distributors would require a bar to purchase several cases of rum.  As a result there was plenty of extra rum lying around. So, to get rid of it the Hurricane was invented.  The Hurricane is served in a glass that looks like a hurricane lamp, and that's how it got it's name.

There are numerous versions of a Hurricane, but I thought I'd share a simple one that tastes really good. After all who wants to spend Mardi Gras making complicated cocktails?

To make a Hurricane put crushed ice in your cocktail shaker and add:

  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
  • 1.5 oz Lemon Juice

Shake it up really good.  Then, pour the drink into a Hurricane Glass, unstrained.  You can garnish with an orange slice or a cherry.

The Hurricane is on the sweeter side of the scale.  One or two of these is enough for me in a night.  It is still a great drink. It is amazing what kind of flavor comes from just three ingredients.  The passion fruit gives it a nice fruity flavor and there is a hint of the lemon juice to cut down against all the sweetness.  The dark rum comes through and adds a hint of molasses.  This is a drink I make for myself year round.

Enjoy your Hurricane and Happy Mardi Gras!

 

Damon

 

Monday
Dec272010

How to Make a Hot Buttered Mai Tai

Now, that it is cold outside it is time to warm things up with some hot Tiki drinks.  There are many classic Tiki drinks that are served hot. As far as I know the Hot Buttered Mai Tai isn't a classic Tiki cocktail, but it has the right ingredients to be classified as a Tiki drink.  This drink is a variation on a Hot Buttered Rum.  It is made with Dark Rum, Butter, Orange Zest, and Honey. 

Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix Ingredients:

 

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Zest
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract

 

Combine, the butter, orange zest, and almond extract in a small bowl.  Smash the ingredients together with a fork until they are well combined. The mix will make four Hot Buttered Mai Tais.

Hot Buttered Mai Tai Ingredients:

 

  • 2 oz. Dark Rum
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix
  • Hot Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Honey

 

Put the dark rum, and the Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix in a coffee mug.  Top it off with hot water.  Then, add Honey to taste.  Stir the ingredients together until the Hot Buttered Mai Tai Mix and honey is dissolved.

The sweetness factor is pretty low on this one.  The orange and almond flavors really come through nicely. This one will warm you up and take you to a tropical paradise.

Enjoy! 

 

Tuesday
Sep142010

How to make Navy Grog

Navy Grog is a classic tiki cocktail that was invented by Don the Beachcomber.  Don the Beachcomber is credited by some to have been the inventor of the Tiki bar.  If not the first he was definitely one of the first.  I don't like to get into these debates though. I just like enjoying a tiki drink and escaping somewhere tropical for a few hours or even minutes.

To make Navy Grog put some ice in your glass.  Then, add:

 

  • 1/2 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Gold Rum
  • 1/2 oz Dark Rum
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice

 

Shake the ingredients in your cocktail shaker to combine. Then, pour into a Collins glass if you have one. Otherwise, any glass will do.

Navy GrogThis little drink has a lot going on. When you bring the glass to your lips to take your first sip your noise is hit with a bouquet of citrus that immediately transports you to a citrus grove.  You know you are in for a treat before you even taste this cocktail.  As you take your first taste the refreshing flavors of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple immediately greet you.  They are accompanied by the dark rum with it's oaky flavors.  Since, the dark rum is only one of three rums it isn't too overpowering. The orange brandy like flavor of the Grand Marnier also rounds out the many flavors.  This drink is really easy to make, and packs a lot of impressive flavor. 

What do you think of Navy Grog?  Do you have a favorite tiki drink you'd like to share?  Let me know here if you do.

Mahalo!