One of the best pure bloggers in the entire Cocktailosphere is Tiare of A Mountain of Crushed Ice. Her blog is one of the oldest, most lavishly photographed, and continuously updated cocktail blogs out there. And she always has something for me during Tiki Month. Of course, for her, every month is Tiki Month, with a sprinkling of spirit reviews and other stuff that allow her to insist that you not call her a Tikiblogger… unless she wants you to!
Her first Tiki-related post this year is ostensibly about the Sumatra Kula, allegedly one of the first Tiki drinks created by Don the Beachcomber.
Again with Donn Beach’s stuff. It’s all about the Beachcomber this year, isn’t it?
You’d better be careful, or the Ghost of Vic Bergeron over at the Fraternal Order of the Moai will start bitching at you!
The Sumatra Kula features Rhum Agricole and several other things from Don’s recurring cast of supporting characters. As is my practice with these Rule 2 posts this year, I will not really be writing about T’s post. Go there to read the recipe and see the rest of her distinctive photos.
Instead, I just want to note that her post highlights something about the international nature of Tiki. Tiare is Swedish, and not only is she the only Tikiblogger in Sweden, she likely is the only one in Europe! (If I am wrong, please correct me quickly) Tiki seems primarily an American phenomenon. And I suppose a certain provinciality is right and proper, since the appeal of Tiki is as an exotic “escape” from the humdrum of domestic American mid-century life. Incidentally, the early James Bond books filled much this same niche for English readers in the broke and broken post-war UK, to whom a journey even to a casino (royale) in northern France was a dangerous, exotic, and near-impossible to manage ideal. I think this may be a good reason that Spy Music and themes seem to mesh so effortlessly and inevitably with Tiki.
But while Tiki is mostly American, those scraps of Tiki that do spring up in Europe, and which I’ve become aware of, seem to be very sturdy and well-constructed. Tiare’s blog (which yes, I know, isn’t just a Tiki blog) is an example. In her post, she notes that her three new mugs, all of which are unique and quite cool, are of Scottish manufacture! Who knew there was a tiki mug operation in WhiskyLand? Of course, since they are Scottish, they are not crap. Not only that, but they are made exclusively for what looks to be a helluva joint in Glasgow, the Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn. Tiki palaces are so rare in Europe as to make them look outright common here in the US, but each that I have ever heard of over there seems to be executed with a ferocious fervor. I do have a question for my Euro readers. How successful are these outposts of American psychoses?
UPDATE: Tiare schools me on the extent of European Tiki in the comments.
And hey! This post is part of Tiki Month 2013 here at the Pegu Blog! Be sure to look around for LOTS more Tiki stuff all February!