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Entries in falernum (2)

Sunday
Apr102011

A Bourbon Special for a Special Day

Bourbon SpecialAloha!

Today, was a special day for all of us in Wisconsin.  It was the first day of the year where the temperature reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  We hadn't come anywhere near 80 degrees yet this year.  For the first time since last fall it felt like summer.  The sun was shining, and strong spring winds were blowing.  I've been working my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed trying every cocktail and sharing my thoughts on each one. How appropriate that the next drink in Beach Bum Berry Remixed is the Bourbon Special.  The Bourbon Special is a 1950s cocktail that originated at the Kon-Tiki restaurant chain. 

As I sat outside, on the patio, for the first time this year I tried the Bourbon Special.  It is made with fresh lime juice, sugar syrup, falernum, ginger beer, Bourbon, and Angostura bitters.  As always, it is important that you use fresh ingredients.  This cocktail is another true masterpiece!  The first sip coats your pallete with several flavors.  First you taste the lime juice which is nicely sweetened by the sugar syrup.  The falernum adds a hint of spices and a touch of almond which complement the lime nicely.  A nice ginger flavor also comes through from the ginger beer.  The oaky flavor of the Bourbon comes through but is just the right amount to complement the other ingredients of this special cocktail.  

The first time I made a Bourbon Special I forgot the bitters.  I actually liked this version better than the one with the bitters.  The bitters seems to hide the spices from the falernum and the ginger beer.  I liked the falernum flavors more pronounced.  I tried one other variation of the Bourbon Special.  I substituted the Bourbon with Roaring Dan's Rum.  This Milwaukee rum has a flavor that is similar to a whiskey.  However, the rum didn't really pull it's weight in the drink like the bourbon did.  The cocktail almost tasted like limeade.  I like limeade, but it didn't have such a great variety of flavor without the Bourbon.  I'm always amazed a how different a cocktail can taste with just one small change.

My favorite version wound up being with Bourbon, but without bitters.  I think that is just my personal taste though.  Even if you aren't a Bourbon or whiskey fan I would recommend trying this cocktail.  The strong Bourbon flavors that are too much for many peoploe are offset by the other ingredients.  I think this is a drink anyone can enjoy.  It was a fine way to kick off patio season.

As I drink my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed I'm reviewing each cocktail and sharing my thoughts. I'm not giving out the recipes.  It wouldn't be fair for me to give all the recipes out of the book. There would be no reason to buy it then, and everyone who worked on this fine book deserves to be rewarded for their hard work by you buying a copy.

 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.