I’ve been remiss so far this Tiki Month in sharing the great work contributed to my little crusade by friends around the web. Let’s pack our bags for a tropical trip, shall we?
The inimitable Tiare, Rational Spirits brand ambassador and Tiki blogger extraordinaire, has some very nice words about the geological formation demanding virgins in my basement. She then seriously brings it with five original recipes, and a delicious sounding syrup recipe, created by her and her friend Jason Alexander. (Not that one.) All are lavishly photographed in her distinctive style, and accompanied by a video of gratuitous Tiki fire garnish pr0n.
Matthew, at Augustine Bar, has given us not one but two posts this February. If you aren’t reading Matthew, you should. He’s one of the most interesting and readable new bloggers I’ve come across in recent years, and this year is not his first foray into Tiki Month. Both of his Tiki Month originals illustrate my points this month about modern Tiki rather starkly. His first, Chains of Love, is a crazed concoction based on Spanish brandy, dry vermouth, and the criminally underused Tiki fruit, mango. Want some Mezcal with that? Sure, why the hell not…
The second offering is Cold Summer (pictured above). It is the second Tiki drink I’ve run across this month to use Aquavit as the base spirit. To be honest, I haven’t had a chance to whip up one of these. While Matthew’s drinks tend to deliver on what he writes about them, I have my doubts how Tiki this one would be, as apple juice doesn’t feel Tiki to me. Regardless, it sounds really good.
Pro-Canada propagandist Dagreb, of I-Still-Can’t-Figure-Out-Why-It’s-Called-That Nihil Utopia, has some useful words about franken-rumming overproof Tiki rums. He puts said FrankenHart (Lemon) rum to good(?) use in a Tiki
weapon cocktail he calls Z-Bomb A Nation. Dagreb literally dared me to make this thing. Follow the link to find out why I haven’t screwed up the courage to do so. When I do, I’ll be sure to taunt him by using some of my precious stash of genuine, non-franken LH 151.
“The Shirt” rumbles into life the engine on his even-sleepier-than-mine blog for Tiki Month to share the Simple Zombie. This version has the excellent virtue of being makeable without going Full Tiki Jacket on your home bar’s inventory.
Cocktail blogger and news tweeter Joel DiPippa is hosting this month’s Mixology Monday roundup, with the very Tiki-friendly theme of Spring Break. His own contribution is the Between Scylla and Charybdis. Joel is better than I at getting a genuine frost on his Tiki mugs. He also mentions in passing a syrup that sure seems to be a blood orange falernum to me. I hope I have time to experiment with creating such a thing myself before the month is up….
There is lots of great Tiki content out there right now, in the blogs, but also on Twitter (while it is still in business). Check out @Alamagoozlum’s feed for cocktail mayhem of all sorts, not just Tiki. I generally don’t have time for Facebook, but here’s some excellent Tiki decor stuff I was twigged to… on Twitter.
I think that is all the explicit Tiki Month participation I’ve collected thus far. If you are “in” and I’ve missed it, please let me know! What else you got this last week folks?