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Entries in Let's Tiki Video (15)

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

 

Thursday
Feb102011

How to Make a Passionate Kiss Cocktail

Looking to celebrate Valentine's Day with a tropical drink?  Woo your sweetheart with a Passionate Kiss.  As with many cocktails there are many variations on a recipe, but here is one common recipe that is pretty good.  To make a Passionate Kiss put the following in a cocktail shaker:

 

  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 oz Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice

 

Shake the ingredients together really good.  This will make the drink foam up really nice when you pour it into the glass.  

Nothing says, "I love you." Like a tropical drink.  

Friday
Jan142011

How to Make a Milwaukee Mai Tai

What is a Milwaukee Mai Tai you may ask?  Well, it is a Mai Tai made with Milwaukee's own Roaring Dan's Rum. Roaring Dan's rum is made by The Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, WI. They have only been around for a few years, but their award winning Vodka and Gin have become very popular through out the Midwest.

Roaring Dan's Rum, which was released in June, is distilled with pure Wisconsin Maple Syrup giving it an excellent maple flavor.  The maple goes really well with the oak and bourbon barrels that it was aged in.  It also has a hint of caramel.  

The rum is named after  Roaring Dan Seavey.  The only man to have ever been charged with piracy on the great lakes.  What would a rum be without a pirate?  As the story goes, Roaring Dan stole a ship on Lake Michigan and a government revenue ship was sent to capture him. One warning shot from the cannon was all it took for him to surrender.  He was then transported to Chicago to face charges.  Mysteriously, those charges were dropped.  

To make a Milwaukee Mai Tai fill your cocktail shaker with:

 

  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 2 oz Roaring Dan's Rum
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat syrup

Shake well, until the outside of the shaker is frosted.  Pour unstrained into a cocktail glass. The Milwaukee Mai Tai is quite delicious.  The oaky maple rum goes well with the Cointreau and lime juice.  The Orgeat syrup adds a nice touch of sweetness.

If you are ever in the Milwaukee area I would encourage you to stop by The Great Lakes Distillery.  They give tours and for only a couple bucks you can sample their wide variety of products.  It's always a great time.

 

Mahalo!

 

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!