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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

Monday
Sep052011

How to Make Cinerama Luau Punch

Aloha!

I needed to bring a drink to pass to a pool party recently.  One easy way to make drinks for a crowd is to make a punch.  You can make the punch in advance, and your guests can help themselves during the party.  I took a look at the Tiki+ app that I have on my IPod, and found Cinerama Luau Punch.  Cinerama Luau Punch was invented in 1958 by Don the Beachcomber for the premier of the film Cinerama South Seas Adventure.

To make Cinerama Luau Punch combine:

  • 8 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 8 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 8 oz fresh lime juice
  • 8 oz fresh orange juice
  • 2 oz orange Curacao
  • 1/2 bottle (13 oz) white wine
  • 1 and 1/2 bottles ( 38 oz) gold Jamaican rum

Mix everything in a punch bowl with ice.

Sunday
May152011

How To Make A Cuba Libre

Cuba LibreThe Coast Lines & Tan Lines blog inspired today's video.   The Cuba Libre was the original name for today's popular Rum and Cola.  The cocktail was invented in Cuba around 1900 when American's brought Coca Cola to Cuba. Cuba Libre, meaning "free Cuba", was a popular saying in Cuba around that time because the country has just gained its independence.

In 1945 the Andrews Sisters helped the Rum and Coke gain popularity with their number two hit song, Rum and Coca Cola.  Check it out on Youtube.  It's a fun little song to listen to while drinking your Cuba Libre.

A Rum and Coke make not seem very Tiki.  However, this cocktail did seem exotic at the time it was invented.  Most Rum and Cokes served today don't come with a fresh lime wedge, but that is a key ingredient to the Cuba Libre.  I picked up some Key Limes for my Cuba Libre, but regular Persian limes work great too.

A key component to the original Cuba Libre was Coca Cola made with real sugar.  Here in the U.S. our Coke is made with High Fructose Corn Syrup.  So to get closer to the original Coke look for Mexican Coke at the grocery store.  The real sugar makes a difference.  The other key component is to use a rum like the one used around 1900 in Cuba. Since Cuban Rum isn't available in the U.S. Havana Club is out.  As I understand it Bacardi Gold is the next closest thing.

To Make a Cuba Libre you will need:

 

  • 2 oz Havana Club or Bacardi Gold Rum
  • 1 Key lime or 2 lime wedges
  • 4 oz Mexican Coke (or Coke made with Sugar)

 

Cut the Key Lime in half and place it in the glass.  Muddle the key lime gently to squeeze some of the juice and also release the oils from the skin of the lime.  Next, add about 1 cup of ice to the glass. Add the rum, and then top with the Cola.  Stir and enjoy!

The Cuba Libre has a nice lime flavor to it and the Mexican Coke makes it a little sweeter.  The Mexican Coke tastes spicier than American coke, and it has a bit of an herbal flavor.  This is a refreshing little cocktail.

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