I recently reviewed Beachbum Berry's Grog Log for Tiki Month. I thought I'd do a little Rule 2 work and point you to a much more comprehensive homage to the Log. Pegu Blog Board of Tiki Idols member Tiare has undertaken a Bloggessy she entitles Mixing Through Grog Log. This is a bit of Rule 2 on Tiare's part as well, as she is riffing on Erik Ellestad's mammoth jeremiad, Stomping Through the Savoy, over at Underhill Lounge. Erik is attempting to survive making every cocktail in The Savoy Cocktail Book, in order. (Itself
a riff on similar to Julie Powell's Julie/Julia Project of movie fame).
Tiare is making a run at the much more human task of running through the Grog Log. Not only is the Log shorter, but it is a Best Of compilation. Also, Tiare has made the decision to do an original variant on each of the Bum's entries, and you can get a nice insight into the mind of a Tiki expert on crafting drinks. Plus, it gives her a chance to post a second, gorgeous picture....
The great thing about that is it gives me an excuse to steal a couple of her pictures to illustrate! Here are the pictures from Mixing Through Grog Log 5. On the left is Beachcomber's Punch, on the right is Tiare's variant, Tiki Queen Punch.
Time for another Rule 2 examination of work by other non-Tiki bloggers getting their faux-tropical on. After searching for an image of my own to use for this post, apparently a Rule 5 situation is going on here, too. (Look around, Smitty's minions. This whole month is dedicated to the forgotten Tiki drinks that didn't suck. Put on your Hawaiian shirt and rock the appropriate tunes while you are at it.) Recently, Randy Hanson of Summit Sips took note, as I do, that the best antidote for a winter like this one is to light the torches and
sacrifice a virgin make a yummy Tiki drink! his offering has one of those awesome Tiki names I just love: The Chimp in Orbit.
CHIMP IN ORBITRandy has lots of cool stuff about the space program in his post, and some good insights on the ingredients in this sucker, so be sure to swing by! I mixed this one up myself, and was reminded once again of an immutable fact of cocktails: Creme de Cacao is the most powerful ingredient in whatever drink its in. Like Absinthe, its presence in a mix, no matter how small the quantity, in unmistakable. In most regular cocktails, this is a bad thing, which is why my bottle of the stuff is old and mostly full. But it is a good illustration of the magic of Tiki blending that the Chimp in Orbit is really pretty good. I took pictures of my attempt at this drink, but they frankly turned out ugly. In it's place, I thought you'd enjoy the image above of the chimp partying down after returning from orbit. (A discontinued statuette from Electric Tiki) UPDATE: Smitty apparently likes this creeping ex-astronaut so much, he's linked him again this week. Probably because he found a great YouTube video of what appears to be the same malefactor. Check it out at this week's Rule 5 roundup.abc
- 1 1/2 oz. 151 rum
- 1 oz. Italian vermouth
- 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
- 1/4 oz. white creme de cacao
- 1/4 oz. real grenadine
- 2 oz. orange juice
- 1 oz. lemon juice
It has been nearly a year since I've given Matt "Rumdood" Robold any grief on these pages. This sort of neglect is what happens when I have actual interesting things to write about here.
mild amusement legend.
Matt's target this month is the wonder and horror that is the Hurricane. It is a good read, so I won't bother teasing it with stolen pictures or his recipe. I'll just leave you with this quote:
You think that what you write is interesting? Really?Well, no. But entire tens of people read this blog, so I soldier on. And in the interest of the new Rule 2 Project, I'd like to note that Matt has posted an entertaining read about a cocktail that is perhaps the entire historical arc of Tiki in a specially shaped glass. The Rule 2 Work this month is aimed at Tiki posts by non-Tiki-bloggers, and since Matt is infamously not a Tiki-blogger, here you go. Matt seems to be a sucker for grand old drinks that once were awesome and now are usually, um... not Scottish. His rants about trying to get a decent Daiquiri or Mai Tai in a restaurant are the stuff of
Of course, as the drink has become corrupted over the years, the variations of the recipe have multiplied like rabbits set loose in a Viagra factory.abc
More Rule 2 linkage during this Tiki Month! Janice, over at Real Food Made Easy, offers up this tasty-looking Tiki concoction, the Cupid's Day Off: Click over to her place for the recipe. And yes, I'm aware she doesn't call this a Tiki drink. In fact, it is supposedly a Valentine's Day cocktail. I can't help it if she doesn't realize she's creating a Tiki drink. It uses crushed ice. It uses not one, but two exotic syrups. One of the syrups is from Trader Tiki. The garnish consists of various exotic plant life. Cue the Don Tiki....abc
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