Category: Barware
Tiki Month 2018
Rum
Recipes
Other Liqueurs
Barware

Original Tiki Drink: The Red Tide

I'm actually fairly proud of this one. My little Red Tide has evolved a lot since I first started nurturing it, and I am happy with the result. I started out with the not-terribly-original idea of crafting a Tiki version of the Negroni. The web is full of attempted Tiki variants of the Negroni, but none quite pull off the trick in the way I was looking for. I wanted to retain the Negroni's simple construction and bitter character. However, a drink as fully herbal and bitter as a Negroni would be too much on a Tiki menu along side drinks with the sweet, unctuous, spicy profile from the 30s and 40s that I like so much. Finally, I needed a garnish that wowed. After much experimentation, I replaced the gin with silver rum, the vermouth with pomegranate juice, and (critically) the Campari with a wine-based apertivo called Cappelletti. The Cappelletti is gentler, lower in alcohol, and oddly nuttier than Campari. The result is nicely balanced, still bitter, but less autocratic than Count Negroni's creation. The passion fruit foam garnish is essential to the drink. It isn't Tiki without it, and frankly, it is not completely delicious. I highly recommend you give this guy a try. Not only is it delicious, pretty, and a welcome low-alcohol addition to a Tiki menu, it's a real crowd-pleaser to make and present.
RED TIDE
  • 1 oz Plantation 3-Star rum
  • 1 oz Cappelletti Apertivo
  • 1 oz POM Wonderful
Combine in a shaker with large ice and shake lightly. Fill a coupe about two-thirds full with the Sea Foam (see below). Strain cocktail over one side of the foam.
SEA FOAM
  • 6 oz passion fruit syrup
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz water
  • 5 oz pasteurized egg whites
Combine ingredients in a cream whipper, and shake for about 5 seconds. Charge with a nitrogen charger. Shake some more. Charge again with a second capsule. Shake again. Refrigerate before use. Shake again when serving.
Here's a look at how to serve the Red Tide. abc
science
Glassware
Barware

Fun With Cocktail Chemistry Sets

Laboratory Flask Cocktail Shaker Set Few people who understand the essential alchemy that is cocktail making are able to resist wishing for a white lab coat from time to time behind the bar. Behind the mahogany-topped lab bench, the bartender can turn mediocre booze into something good, and great boozer into something transcendent. It is hard not to get caught up in the desire to look the part. There have been products on the market for some time that try to scratch the itch, but none that I think are up to really doing the job. Until now. The Laboratory Flask Cocktail Set, from Periodic Tableware, looks to be made of decent lab-grade materials. It comes with four "shot glasses" (two beakers, and two Erlenmeyer flasks). The shaker is the lynch pin. It is a 500ml+ flask, with a rubber stopper and embedded glass stirstick. It also has the little side port with separate stopper that you can use to pour out shots or cocktails. 41Hk+3O1vRL The detail that just makes me fall in love with this set is the little custom Hawthorne strainer that fits the main spout of the mixing flask. How cool is that? If you have an inner cocktail geek, you need this set. And check around for other cool products in the same vein from PT. They sell the shot vessels separately, as well as stemmed beakers for wine, and even Erlenmeyer Flask Martini Glasses that look both cool and stable. abc
Gin
Barware
Accessories

Christmas Gifts All My Readers Should Ask For

Tanqueray No.10 Imperial Shaker by Jason Crawley It's that time of year again. Time to consider gifts to give to your loved ones, and gifts to ask for from your loved ones. And of course, booze-centric gifts are always in order. The first time I bought booze in my life was a case of wine for my dad, to go with the wine-rack I got him for Christmas. Of course, I was seventeen at the time, but since it was a gift, the guy sold me it anyway. In fact, he suggested it. A different time.... Anyway, via the master-link-baiters at Gizmodo, the crazed maniacs at Needless Markup Neiman Marcus have unleashed their annual Christmas gift guide. As usual, it contains a number of fantasmic gifts in the booze-related vein. Things like a golden top hat champagne bucket, or their hand-blown glass ice bucket with a brass top shaped like an acorn by Oscar de la Renta. There is the Coravin wine vampire thingy that I posted about when it came out. (Due credit to Neiman Marcus, they only want one dollar more than Amazon.) There is even a Burberry dinner jacket in the catalog that I'd give up Bombay Sapphire for.
NM-5ABP_ek I'd give up gin entirely to have his hair....
There is also a Waterford Crystal caviar and vodka chilling set that ought to tempt the most high-end of boozehounds for the bargain-basement price of $3,500 dollars. NM-5K05_mk It ought to be the top tempter, but it is not. And it also really a bargain-basement priced item, compared to the mack daddy of this year's catalog (if you don't count the Maserati or the amphibious jet skis): The Tanqueray No. Ten Imperial Shaker, by Jason Crawley, as pictured atop this post. This gorgeous beast is about 280 pounds of cast iron, brass, and silver. It stands about the height of Gaz Regan, and works four Tanqueray No. Ten-inspired shakers at once, in an up and down motion (no... just, no) and an elliptical motion that is gorgeous. It makes the Waterford set seem inexpensive by ringing up an order of magnitude higher at $35,000, even. They have the good graces not to try the $34,599, "See? It's inexpensive!" trick, though, so kudos again. Crawleys-Imperial-Shaker In addition to the machine, you also get four cases of Tanq Ten, which they are alleging is a year's supply, and a private cocktail education class for you and nineteen of your ginniest friends with Rachel Ford (seen here operating the Imperial Shaker). At any rate, there is s magnificent video from Neiman-Marcus that I can't figure out how to embed, so until I find such a version, you'll have to hit this link to watch it. and here it is:

Tanqueray Imperial Shaker from Pulse-Plus on Vimeo. I want to open up a bar, just to build it around one of these.... That said, it has it's important limitations. Despite being a Tanqueray No. 10-branded device, linked to a gin made for Martinis, you don't shake Martinis. It shouldn't be used for Martinis. More importantly, do not even think about popping a Manhattan into any of those lovely stainless steel shakers. I'll cut you. abc

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