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Trader Vic Grog - A Tiki Adventure

Trader Vic's GrogAloha,

Trader Vic's has been in the news a lot lately.  In less than a week one location closed and another one opened.  On Thursday, July, 28th Trader Vic's Portland opened it's doors.  Then, Saturday, July, 30th Trader Vic's Scottsdale had it's last day of operation.  All of this right on the heels of Trader Vic's Chicago silently closing.  All this news leaves Tiki fans wondering, what is going on with Trader Vic's?  When debating about the future of Trader Vic's  what better cocktail to sip than Trader Vic Grog. So the next cocktail in my series of Tiki Cocktail Adventures is Trader Vic's Grog.

Trader Vic Grog is a nice little cocktail, that can be found in Beach Bum Berry Remixed.  It's made with Fresh Lemon Juice, Pineapple Juice, Passion Fruit Syrup, Dark Jamaican Rum, and Angostura Bitters.  It's a pretty simple cocktail to make.  

I would encourage you to do the mint garnish on this one.  It adds a really nice aroma to the cocktail.  When you raise the glass to your lips the wonderful aroma of lemon and mint, makes you relax and sigh with relief, because you know it is Tiki Time!  The pineapple, lemon, and passion fruit compliment the dark rum very nicely.  The first one I made I used Coruba Dark Rum.  Coruba is my favorite dark rum.  It has nice brown sugar, and molasses flavors.  It is smoother than Meyers. My second I had with Meyers, and that worked well in this cocktail too.

Trader Vic Grog isn't too sour, and it isn't too sweet.  It's a great balance of flavors.  If you are just starting out your Tiki bar this would be a great cocktail to start with, because you don't need a lot of ingredients.  All the ingredients are easy to get too.  The passion fruit syrup might be the only one you have to order online.

And what do I think about all the changes with Trader Vic's you ask?  Well,  I'm a little worried about their future.  They've had quite a few locations close recently.  All of the ones that closed were only around for a couple years.  Trader Vic's Las Vegas opened in 2007 and closed in 2010.  Trader Vic's Dallas ended their 4 year run in 2010.  Trader Vic's Chicago closed this summer after only being open 2 1/2 years in it's Gold Coast location, and the Scottsdale location closed last week after five years.  

Initial reviews of the new Portland location are good.  So I hope they can keep up the momentum for the long haul there.  I hope that there is a long term vision that is being executed. What do you think?

So, here's to you Trader Vic's I wish you long term success. Cheers! 


P.S. If you are looking for the complete Hai Karate recipe check out Beach Bum Berry Remixed, or if you are really desperate Google it.  I just don't give out the recipe since Beachbum Berry worked hard to put the book together. Who am I to give away the recipes.


El Diablo - A Tiki Adventure on Cinco De Mayo

El DiabloAloha,

For my next cocktail out of Beach Bum Berry Remixed I choose the El Diablo.  It is one of the few Tiki cocktails that has tequila.  With today being Cinco De Mayo it seemed very appropriate.  

 According to this cocktail was first mentioned in Trader Vic's Book of Food and Drink from 1946.  Then in the 1960s The El Diablo was featured on the menu of Trader Vic's Mexican Restaurant Chain, Senor Pico.  The recipe was printed throughout the years in may of Trader Vic's books.

What better cocktail to have on Cinco De Mayo than a cocktail from Trader Vic's Mexican restaurant chain?  So I combined the fresh lime juice, creme de cassis, tequila, and ginger beer.  Next, I stirred the ingredients gently so the carbonation wouldn't be lost, and poured the cocktail into a glass filled with crushed ice.  There wasn't very much of an aroma to this cocktail.  Just a hint of lime juice.  I took my first sip and realized that my bad day was to continue with this cocktail.  

My first impression was that it tasted like ketchup.  The creme de cassis has a very strong flavor.  It make the cocktail sweet and spicy.  My best description is ketchup with a hint of mustard spice.  My guess is the cassis is meant to cover the flavor of the tequila, because the tequila flavor was very subtle. 

I thought this can't be right.  So I read the instructions again and made another.  To my dismay it tasted the same.  I gave the cocktail one last chance and added an extra half ounce of lime juice.  This cut he cassis flavor down a bit, but it still was terrible.  If you are a fan of creme de cassis I'm sure you'll like an El Diablo, but this is one cocktail that isn't for me.  I dumped it out and made myself a Cuba Libre.  I guess that is why I call this an adventure. You never know what you are going to get.





Tiki Bar Review: Trader Vic's Scottsdale

Trader Vic's Scottsdale is definitely I trip I want to make someday.  CullinaryZen has a great video review of Trader Vic's in Scottsdale, Arizona.



How to Make a Molokai Mike


The Molokai Mike is a famous Trader Vic's recipe, and looks pretty impressive because it is a layered drink.  Don't let that scare you though it is really easy to make. You make the Molokai Mike in two parts first make the bottom layer and then the top layer.

To make a Molokai Mike combine in a blender: 

1 oz Silver Rum

1 oz Orange Juice

1/2 oz Brandy

1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup

1/2 Cup Ice

Blend the first group of ingredients for just  a few seconds. Just enough so that is is blended, but still slushy. Pour the bottom layer into a glass.

Then, to make the top layer combine in a blender:

1 oz Gold Rum

1 oz Grenadine

1 Cup Crushed Ice

Blend the second group of ingredients very thoroughly so the mixture becomes thick. Then, slowly pour the top layer into the glass, and it will float on top of the bottom layer.  It's really pretty easy. If I can do it anyone can.  You can garnish it with some fruit or an umbrella and serve.