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Entries in Tiki Drinks (9)

Tuesday
Aug312010

How to Make a Suffering Bastard

Happy Tiki Tuesday!  This week for Tiki Tuesday we'll be making a Suffering Bastard.  The Suffering Bastard was invented at the Shepard Hotel in Cairo, Egypt and is a classic Tiki cocktail.  

To make a Suffering Bastard add some ice to your cocktail shaker then add:

 

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • Dash of Bitters

 

Shake well.  I always like to shake my drinks until the shaker gets really cold and sometimes even frosty. Then, pour the drink into a highball glass, or whatever you have.  The drink tastes the same in any glass.  Top it off with 4 oz of ginger beer or ginger ale.  Stir to mix in the ginger beer.  You can garnish it wish an orange slice.  

The gin and bourbon really blend in nicely with the combination of the lime juice, ginger beer, and bitters.  Even if you aren't a gin or bourbon fan give this one a try.  It blends well and the ginger tastes great!

Enjoy!

Come back next week for the next installment of Tiki Tuesday.  If you have a drink recipe you'd like to recommend for Tiki Tuesday send me a message using the contact form on letstiki.com, or find us on Twitter at twitter.com/LetsTiki

Mahalo!

Tuesday
Aug172010

How to Make a Chief Lapu Lapu

The Chief Lapu Lapu is a classic 1950s Tiki Cocktail.  Chief Lapu Lapu was a Filipino chief from the 1500s that was one of the first to resist Spanish colonization.  There are many variations of this delicious drink. Here is one common one that I've found on the Internet that I really enjoy.

To start off combine the following into a cocktail shaker with some ice:

1.5 oz Dark Jamaican Rum

1.5 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum

2 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

3 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1 oz Simple Syrup

3/4 oz Passion Fruit Syrup

Shake well. I always like to shake mine until the outside of the shaker becomes cool to the touch and condensation starts to form.  By shaking the drink the ice melts a little and the recipe relies on that melting to dilute the strong flavors just a bit.

Pour the drink unstrained into a brandy snifter.   This drink is traditionally served in a brandy snifter, but if you don't have one that's all right. Any glass will do. Then, garnish with a lemon and/or orange peel. I just peel my lemon and orange with a regular vegetable peeler before I juice the fruit.  The peels add a great aroma and the oils in the peel add to the flavor. 

No Worry Substitutions

Don't worry if you don't have these exact ingredients.  You don't need to have a Jamaican Dark Rum. Any dark rum will do. The same goes for the light rum.  I order my Passion Fruit syrup online, but if you don't have any grenadine will do.  Now, will the drink taste exactly the same with these substitutions? Probably not, but I'm sure it will still taste good.  The whole point of Tiki is to have a great drink, and have some fun. Break away from the daily grind and feel like you are a million miles away somewhere warm and tropical. So, enjoy!   

Friday
Jul232010

What Drinks Can you Make? Ask The Grogalizer

It can be difficult to figure out what tiki drinks you can make with the ingredients that you have on hand.  It always takes me a while to flip through the recipe books until I find one that I can make.

Grogalizer.com solves this problem by telling you what drinks you can make.  Here is how it works.  You create an account on grogalizer.com.  When you set up your account you indicate what tiki recipe books you own.  Then, select the Juices, Mixers, Liquors, and Liquers that you have in your home tiki bar.  Next, click on the "The Drinks" tab to get a list of the drink that you can make.  

The results tell you what book the recipe is in and what page it is on.  Be sure to select, "only books that I own" from the drop down at the top of the page so that it only returns drinks that you have the recipe for. You can then rate the drinks, and comment on them.

Grogalizer.com is a great site to figure out what drinks you can make.  The only drawback is that you have to own the books to get the recipes.  However, a ton of time and work went in to producing those books so it is definitely worth spending a couple bucks and buying the books.  

Tuesday
Jul202010

Chi Chi Drink Recipe

Happy Tiki Tuesday! Today I'm out on my patio. The flamingos and I are enjoying a Chi Chi.  The Chi Chi is basically a Pina Colada with vodka instead of rum. It was invented by Don The Beachcomber.  Chi Chi is  pidgin English for "Breast Milk".  

Chi Chi Recipe

  • 5 oz Unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 oz Lopez Coconut Cream
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 cup of ice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and serve.

Variations

One variation is to add a dash or two of bitters for an interesting twist. Another is to add 1 oz  Macadamia nut liqueur.

Enjoy your Chi Chi!

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