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[2 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

If you are looking for a new cocktail to add to your tiki arsenal this summer, this month’s Esquire has one recommendation: the Spinnaker Swizzle.  This tiki cocktail recipe features bitters and Grand Marnier, if those happen to be twists that delight your palate.
Combine in a tall (12- to 16-oz) glass:

1 ½ oz aged, light-bodied rum (such as Cruzan Single Barrel or Flor de Caña 7-year-old)
1 oz Linie Aquavit
½ oz Grand Marnier
½ oz rich simple syrup (made by stirring 1 cup demerara or other raw sugar and ½ cup water …

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[23 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

This weekend, the Christmas season will be upon us – here’s an episode of Tiki Bar TV to help you get in the mood!

In case that Tropical Blizzard recipe snuck by you, it was

1 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz Coconut Rum
1/2 oz Apple Juice
1 1/2 oz Orange Juice

Let it snow!

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[15 Nov 2008 | 6 Comments | ]

Known for its origins in the British Virgin Islands, the Painkiller is a stiff rum concoction that carries a tiki flavor. The original Painkiller was created at the Soggy Dollar Bar on the island of Jost Van Dyke. Today it remains a great choice if you are looking for a twist on the usual tiki drink recipes.
The Painkiller is an easy drink to prepare and requires only a few key ingredients. You can do some substitution on this one, but it really needs Pusser’s Rum to carry …

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[9 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Believed to be created by Don the Beachcomber in 1941, the Test Pilot is a lesser-known but outstanding tiki cocktail. It is a well-balanced drink that includes Angostura bitters and Pernod. It has an unusual flavor that certainly distinguishes it from other Tiki cocktails.
Most Test Pilot recipes you will find online can be attributed to Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log, a fantastic collection of Tiki cocktail recipes from Tiki’s heyday in the 1930’s and 40’s. This is the must-have book for any home tiki bar.
Courtesy of the Grog Log, …

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[19 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

The Mai Tai is the original tiki bar recipe. Its origins were debated even in the heydey of tiki culture, with both Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s claiming to have invented the rum-based concoction. One thing is certain – the Mai Tai is the signature drink of the tiki party.
The Original Trader Vic’s Mai Tai
The true originator of the Mai Tai remains unknown to this day. I’ve read that Trader Vic won a case in court proving him to be the originator of the Mai Tai, …

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[5 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

In 1941, Don Beach added a new drink to the Don the Beachcomber cocktail menu. The Navy Grog, along with the Mai Tai and the Zombie, represented the three most popular drinks of Don Beach’s considerable contributions to the tiki movement. Per the New York Times:
It’s a throwback, as all New York cocktails are these days, but from what cocktail historians would deem more “recent” history: the 1930’s. That’s when Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, as Donn Beach, started serving dolled-up rum drinks at his Polynesian-themed restaurants, kicking off the …

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[29 Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Below is the formula for The Zombie, one of the original rum drinks from the early days at Trader Vic’s and Waikiki Beach.  The juice in this concoction is a variable that is worth experimenting with.  Pinapple juice, coconut milk, sour mix, cherry brandy, papaya juice, passion fruit nectar, and many other flavors can be used to kick the Zombie in an entirely different direction.
The Zombie Ingredients

1/2 oz light rum
1 1/2 oz golden rum
1 oz dark rum
1/2 oz Bacardi 151 rum
1 tsp orange juice
1 tsp sour mix
1 oz lime juice
1 …