Don's Beach Planter
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by Andrea
3y ago
The last few days I have missed several important days in the booze universe: Bartender’s Day, Margarita Day and Don the Beachcomber’s birthday. So for Mardi Gras I mixed them all up. I mixed Don’s Beach Planter - the recipe rescued by that amazing author and bartender Beachbum Berry - and since it took me more than two days to make the sugar for my King Cake (just a Danish smørkage) I decided I could use it for a sugar rim in honor of Margarita Day and because there is a hint of a Sidecar deeply hidden in Don’s drink. I mixed: 3 cl aged rhum agricole - I used Savanna  1,5 cl Jamaican rum ..read more
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Vicious Virgin Number 2
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by Andrea
3y ago
One of the many things I love about tiki is the names af all the cool cocktails. This one tells a heck of a story on more than one level. I found it in the brillant Total Tiki app when looking for something new to use a tired grapefruit for. A 1960’s recipe with a surprising mix of tequila and rum and a lovely hue. 2,25 cl Tequila - I used Ocho  2,25 cl Light Rum - I used Plantation 3 Stars  1,5 cl Orgeat - I used homemade 0,75 cl Blue Curacao - I used homemade  2,25 cl Lime juice  4,5 cl Grapefruit juice  Shake with ice and strain into cold cocktail glass of a tiki persuasion ..read more
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Not quite Bananas Foster
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by Andrea
3y ago
While listening to the wind and rain outside I realized it’s Tiki Month! As luck would have it I had just started my first batch of banana oleum yesterday. It was meant for a bourbon cocktail tasting like Bananas Foster (originally created by @the_cocktailguy I think. ) But I figured that is not nearly tiki enough. Yes there are a few bourbon tikidrinks - but I was hankering for something else. The recipe was a good starting point. So I mixed: 6 cl golden rum - I used Plantation Xaymaca 1,5 cl Fernet - I used Stork  3 cl banana oleum - 3 peels with a tenth of their weight worth of sugar l ..read more
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Banana Passion Grove Swizzle
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by Andrea
3y ago
Swizzles are fun to both make and drink so my third cocktail to try from Matt Pietrek's book Minimalist Tiki was his own creation Passion Grove Swizzle. Only - I don't really like Falernum so I changed that out for banana liqueur instead. That however was not the only change I made I noticed after mixing the drink and taking the first satisfying sip - I had also misread the recipe. CocktailWonks original recipe calls for a lightly aged/filtered rum like Plantation 3 Star - but I had grabbed Plantation Xaymaca when gathering the ingredients for the drink. It did however turn out great so I t ..read more
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Mai Tai Digestif
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by Andrea
3y ago
I am not a Mai Tai puritan even thought Trader Vic's 1944 Mai Tai just happens to be my favorite cocktail. And yes, yes I know the original rum used has been lost but the gist of his creation stands. I'm always up for a clever twist or riff on the drink - one that respects the original but dares to play with the ingredients or the measurements. I have made a few twist myself over time and think I have gotten away with it. So when I saw a recipe for a Mai Tai with Jägermeister I was intrigued. It was posted in a Tiki recipe group on Facebook and all the poster wrote of the origins was "at a ..read more
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Angostura Colada
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by Andrea
3y ago
Upon my first quick browse through Cocktailwonk's - or Matt Pietrek’s - amazing book Minimalist Tiki I noticed three cocktails straight away to try out first. On closer inspection it turned out I could only make one of them as the cocktail hour came around in my household: The Angostura Colada. The cocktail is developed by Zac Overman in New York who now co-owns a restaurant/bar in Seattle.  As anyone who has tasted a Trinidad Sour knows a cocktail with Angostura Bitter as it’s base can work. So I was not apprehensive about the 4,5 cl the recipe called for. I was however a little concer ..read more
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Raspberry Lava Flow
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by Andrea
3y ago
After my first ever dolphin banana garnish I was not about to let the banana go to waste once the cocktail was gone. So I looked for a drink with banana and came across the tropical Hawaiian drink called Lava Flow. I liked the look of it and figured raspberry would both taste great and look equally as cool as the strawberries it is traditionally made with. Easy peasy to make in a blender: 6 cl white rum - I used Plantation 3 Star 12 cl pineapple juice 2 cl coconut cream a small ripe banana Put everything in a blender with ice and blend until it's smooth as a milk shake. Pour into tall glass ..read more
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Wondering Dolphin
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by Andrea
3y ago
Good friends brought me back a souvenir from their trek along the Portuguese coast to Santiago de Compostella in Spain: Shell shaped ice coolers. The shell is traditionally the sign of the pilgrim. I wanted to show them off in a cocktail, and have had an eye on Cocktailwonk's twist on The Banana Life for a while. Not least because I am the last cocktail blogger to try my hand at a banana dolphin. I don't know it the actually invented it at Three Dots and a Dash but they certainly made it popular. I ended up tweeking the twist, so I gave it a new name: 6 cl light golden rum - I used Damoisea ..read more
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Spumoni
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by Andrea
3y ago
I have never given much thought to the alcohol content in the cocktails I mix at home. Never divided them into any kinds of weak/strong light/heavy categories. But recently I've spotted and mixed a couple of light aperitivos and been really delighted with them. I'm sure much of their allure has been amazing photos from Punch Drink's photographer Lizzie Munro but then when I tasted them it was clear that they taste as good, as they look. A few weeks ago I mixed a Garibaldi - they way it's mixed at Dante in New York.  So simple and so tasty. And it came in handy the other day when a visitor a ..read more
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