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Tiki Drink Glossary

The tiki glossary is your guide to terms, and words used in tiki drinks.  This is a work in progress. It will probably never be complete as tiki cocktails evolve.  I've been adding definitions as I learn things and as people ask me questions.  If there is a tiki term you are unsure of let me know.  I'm happy to answer.

Wednesday
Sep122012

almond extract

Almond extract has a strong almond flavor, and is most commonly used in cooking and baking.  It is made by combining the natural oils from almonds with ethyl alcohol, such as vodka.

Hint:

It is common to find pure almond extract and imitation almond extract.  Use the pure almond extract.  It has a more intense flavor.

Wednesday
Sep122012

amaretto

Amaretto is an almond flavored Italian liqueur, but many brands don't contain almonds.  The liqueur is commonly made from apricot pits, and may have a variety of spices and flavors added to it.  Amaretto is Italian for "a little bitter".

 Some common brands are Disaronno, and Lazzaroni Amaretto.  Most of the big distillers produce their own version.

 

Wednesday
Sep122012

Bacardi Gold

Bacardi Gold is an amber colored, Puerto Rican rum produced by Bacardi.  It is smoother than Bacardi Superior, Bacardi's standard offering, but is still a mixing rum.

Substations:

Don Q Gold rum or other gold rums.

Wednesday
Sep122012

bananas

Bananas are a long, curved, tropical fruit. That is yellow when it is ripe. Why are you reading this? Everyone knows what a banana is. :-) 

Wednesday
Sep122012

bitters

Bitters are an alcoholic beverage that is made with herbs, spices, and fruits.  It has a bitter or bittersweet flavor to it. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way.  It is not meant to be drunk by itself. Traditionally, bitters came in two varieties; regular or orange.  However, recently bitters are being produced in a wide variety of flavors.  Many brands of bitters have been coming out recently, but Angostura is the oldest and by far the most common brand.  To stay true to the recipes you will want to use regular Angostura bitters, unless otherwise specified. That being said it is fun to experiment with the different varieties of bitters.