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Tuesday
Mar292011

How to Drink Out of A Coconut

Aloha,

My friends at Paradise Cocktails sent me an email asking how to serve drinks in a coconut.  This is something I hadn't tried before, but it sounded like fun.  So I did some research.  It turns out it is really pretty easy to hack open a coconut so you can use it as a cup.

 

The first thing you want to do is drain the coconut water.  To do that use a nail or punch to put two holes in the coconut.  The best place to do this is in the eyes of the coconut.  They are softer and easy to poke through using a hammer.

Next, drain the coconut water.  Be sure to save the coconut water it is delicious, and can be used in a variety of different cocktails.  I suggest you filter the coconut water to separate out pieces of the shell that may have fallen in.  You can even freeze the coconut water to save it for longer periods of time.

After the coconut is drained use a large knife and chop the end off.   Be sure to keep turning the coconut as you chop away the hard shell. This makes it easier to break open.  After a few minutes you should break through the tough shell.  You may want to do this outside.  We had pieces of coconut flying everywhere.

After that, wash out the coconut.  Then, it is ready to serve drinks in.  You can reuse the same coconut several times throughout the night. Just keep filling it.  

Coconut Water, Rum Cocktail

Since I had coconut water I decided to make a coconut water, rum cocktail. First add some ice to the coconut. Then add:

 

  • 2 oz coconut water
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/4 of a lime

 

Stir everything together and serve.  This is a great simple cocktail.  The coconut water has a mildly sweet, yet refreshing, flavor. It is also slightly salty.  The rum and the lime really complement the coconut water.

Mahalo!

Damon

Thursday
Mar102011

A Tiki Adventure: Beachcomber's Punch

Aloha,

Beachcomber's PunchAs I continue to sip my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed  the next drink is Beachcomber's Punch.  This tasty little drink has lime juice grapefruit juice, apricot brandy, simple syrup, Demerara rum, butters, and Pernod.  It is a delicious little drink that is served in a champagne flute.  You put all the ingredients in a blender for a few seconds which really crushes the ice into fine pieces.  It is garnished with a sprig of mint.

This recipe is one of the original Donn The Beachcomber recipes that dates back to the 1930s. It's amazing to think about the history this drink must have.  The countless times it has been served over the years.  I'm sure it must have be the start of a great night for so many people over the years.  Tonight, it was the start of my night.

Before you even pick up the glass you can smell the fresh mint that beautifully garnishes this cocktail.  There is a little trick to getting the mint aroma to really pop.  Clap your hands with the mint in the palm of one hand.  This will release the oils and make the mint far more aromatic.  

The first sip of the Beachcomber's Punch you can taste the wonderful citrus that is grapefruit, and lime which instantly transports you to paradise.  The Apricot Brandy adds a delicious twist to the cocktail.  That is followed by a whisper of the Demerara rum which adds a little oaky caramel tone. The Pernod and Bitters balance the drink out and cut down on the sweetness giving just a hint of anise.  This is a fun little drink that is served beautifully.

I did make the mistake of blending mine a little too long. So it came out more like a frozen drink than finely crushed.  Next time I'll be more careful, but that is all part of the fun trying these drinks and learning.

Mahalo!

Damon

In my Tiki Adventure I'm sipping my way through Beach Bum Berry Remixed .  This book is the encyclopedia of Tiki Cocktails.  I'd like to share my impressions of each drink with you, but I don't think it's fair to give every recipe from the book.  People worked hard to make the book.  If you want the recipe then buy yourself a copy. It's well worth it!

 

Tuesday
Mar082011

Hurricane Taste Test

Happy Mardi Gras!  

Since, The Hurricane is the drink of Mardi Gras I thought I would have some fun and put the Pat O'Brien's Hurricane Mix up against the classic Hurricane Recipe

To sum it up, the Pat O'Brien's mix version tastes bitter, and flavorless.  You can really taste the corn syrup.  Upon further inspection, you can see the syrup settle at the bottom of the glass after it sits for a bit.  It is no wonder I got sick after drinking a few of these at last year's Mardi Gras festivities.  This just proves that quality fresh ingredients can make a huge difference in a cocktail.  Do yourself a favor and make some real Hurricanes.  I have the recipe here.

Have a safe 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.  

Sunday
Jan092011

Mahalo Virtual Tiki Partygoers

I wanted to give a great big mahalo to all of you that attended our first Virtual Tiki Party!  I had an excellent time meeting all of you and chatting with you.  The Tiki Community is such a great group of people. I feel so lucky to be a part of it.  Thank you for bearing with me as I figured out the technology for the first time.  I have some great ideas on how to make it more interactive so it is even better next time.  If you attended I would love to get your feedback, positive or constructive criticism, so I know how I can improve.  Stay tuned for the next Virtual Tiki Party!

Mahalo,

Damon

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