Category: Rum
Bitters, Garnish, Recipes, Rule 2, Rum, Tiki Month 2014

New Tiki Drink: Plantation Coffee by Augustine Bar

Plantation Coffee from Augustine Bar The Plantation Coffee is an original Tiki drink from a new young blogger named Matthew, an engineering student and bartender in Germany. Augustine-Bar has some things in common with other continental cocktail blogs: The English grammar is better than many American counterparts (says the reigning World Comma Splice Champion); He has an annoying tendency to use spirits such as Cuban rum or Giffard coffee liqueur that I can't get here; And his blog is rife with Metric System quantities. But because Matthew is an engineer, he has had it drilled into him that there is no partial credit for unit conversion mistakes (isn't that right, NASA?), so he has taken the unusual and very valuable extra step of adding a button to instantly convert his recipes back and forth from metric to imperial. He also throws out an appropriate song to listen to while enjoying his drinks. His blog has some great promise, and of course, I love him because he has embraced Tiki Month wholeheartedly. Plantation Coffee uses pineapple juice and coffee liqueur, among other things, to modify the rums. It is not really to my taste (I make coffee, I don't drink it), but the PeguWife has enjoyed very much the several I have made for her. I've modified the recipe I show below to account for what I have on hand, so be sure to click thru to Matthew's site to see his original, and play with the cool "cl oz" buttons.
PLANTATION COFFEE
  • 1 overflowing oz. silver rum
  • 1 overflowing oz. good aged Jamaican rum
  • scant 1/2 oz. good coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • scant 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 dash Fee's cranberry bitters
  • 1 dash Fee's peach bitters
Shake well with ice, strain into mid-sized vessel with fresh ice. Garnish with an enhanced cherry.
I should explain/apologize for the bitters here. Matthew calls for Berlin Capital bitters, which I don't have, or Fee's plum, which I have but cannot find anywhere, damn its eyes. The finished drink has great color, fits happily in most of my smaller Tiki mugs, and lets you taste the rum without feeling strong. It's a good drink, and a fine modern Tiki example.abc
Recipes, Rum, Tiki Month 2014

Tiki Drink: Cocoanut Grove

Cocoanut Grove The Cocoanut Grove is a recipe I've had for years now, but never made until last night. Frankly, it looks just a bit boring when you peruse the ingredients, especially the coconut. We in the post-Piña Colada era are trained to see coconut in a cocktail and think bland and thick. But I decided to try it for a couple of reasons. First, I've really come to enjoy the whole blender drink in a cocktail glass subset of Tiki libations. They look (and photograph) great. And they seem to often be on the lighter alcohol content side, which I have learned from past Tiki Months is a handy set of cocktails to have in the tool belt when you voyage in the land of Zombies, Jet Pilots, and Scorpion Bowls.
COCOANUT GROVE
  • 1 part light rum (Mount Gay Eclipse Silver for me)
  • 1/2 part fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 part Cointreau
  • 1/4 part coconut creme
  • 4 parts small ice
Combine in a blender, with one ounce for each drink equaling one part. Blend until roughly smooth. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish appropriately.
The rum isn't the star of the show here, but use a nice middle-brow one here. You won't taste the premium in an expensive rum, but you would sense the lame in a cheap one. The coconut creme is only a quarter part, but you still get a strong sense of it. The clear flavor is an indication of how easy it is for this ingredient to overwhelm a drink, and what a shame it is that so many recipes let it. As with any good Tiki drink, flavors not readily apparent in any individual ingredient show up in the finished cocktail. Here the surprise guest is just a hint of chocolate. The weird spelling of the name Cocoanut Grove comes from the venue of its invention, the Cocoanut Grove club in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
cocoanut grove nightclub
Source: Chexydecimal
The palm tree exotic decor was actually put in place pre-Tiki. They were set pieces from Rudolph Valentino's The Sheik. I'm betting they sold a ton of Blood and Sands there, back in the day, but it is pretty clear how it would have become a joint that produces interesting Tiki drinks once the movement arrived. The kitchens there were where RFK was shot. I adopted the recipe from Beachbum Berry's Intoxica!, which doesn't have a picture of the drink itself, unless you count the ones being held by a pair of rather smashing looking patrons.... abc
Funny, Pirates, Rule 5, Rum

It Be Once Again International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Cocktail Pirate Flag Animated
Pegu Pirate Flag created with ABFlags
Yarrr, Mateys! September 19th be here again, which means it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day™! And I'll be keelhauled fore I be missin' out on the festivities. A blogger's pirate's career be, almost by definition, a spotty one, wi' periods of inactivity due to laziness excessive interest by the British Navy (ptooie!), but I have yet to be missing an ITLAPD, and I'll be hornswoggled if this year be any different! Let's be swingin' into our reel with this fantastical video from Distort. These two swabbies' pirate schtick be a mite lubberly, but it shows promise. Per'aps I should have the crew give 'em the cosh and "invite" them to join our merry band.... What isn't lubberly is the fantastic tiny cannon they've constructed, nor the slo-motion footage they have of it trying to sink a pirate vessel. They could use a bit of help with the editing o' their introduction. Aside from the pirate material, it is a bit long, but don't let that barnacle bottom heave ye off from watching the whole thing. It be worth it! If that only whets yer appetite fer all things cannon this happy day, I'll gift ye two more links. The first be a down in the hold look at how to be makin' such a fine beauty of a brass cannon, though this one be a mite bigger, and with no pirate prattling at all, more's the pity. The second be the construction of a wee bit more Hollywood pirate-looking cannon, that alas doesn't actually fire. The maker does be meritin' big points fer his pirate robot though, arrr! abc
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