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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.

Thursday
Sep132012

dark rum

Dark rum is darker in color, sweeter, and usually has more flavor than white or gold rum. It is commonly aged in charred oak barrels, and is aged longer than white or gold rums.  Dark rums, especially the one that are aged for a longer period of time are popular sipping rums. 

Monday
Mar142011

Demerara Rum

Demerara Rums are rums produced in Guyana, and are made from fermented molasses.  A common misconception is that the rums are made from Demerara sugar. This kind of rum gets its name from the former British colony of the same name that was in Guyana.

Tiare Olsen summarizes the history and characteristics of the rums on A Mountain of Crushed Ice. It is all — every drop of it — made by Demerara Distillers Limited. Other DDL brands include Belmont Estate and the widely distributed El Dorado. Drop by Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco and you may find private label Demerara as well. 

Thursday
Sep132012

falernum

Falernum is a sweet syrup that originated in Barbados.  It is a sweet syrup that can have a variety of different ingredients.  There are countless recipes for falernum, but it generally contains ginger, cloves, and limes.  Sometimes it is alcoholic and sometimes it isn't.  You can make your own falernum or buy a commercially available one.  Some of the most common brands are B.G. Reynolds and John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum. 

Thursday
Sep132012

fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is just what it sounds like.  To make a really great Tiki drink be sure to squeeze your own juice.  It is amazing how much better a Tiki drink tastes with fresh squeezed juice.  The extra effort is really worth it.

Thursday
Sep132012

fresh squeezed lemon juice

Fresh squeezed lemon juice is just what it sounds like.  To make a really great Tiki drink be sure to squeeze your own juice.  It is amazing how much better a Tiki drink tastes with fresh squeezed juice.  The extra effort is really worth it.