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Tiki Month Roundup 2014
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New Tiki Drink: The Tiki Tree Viper by Rated-R Cocktails
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A Tiki Month SubRoundup of MxMo: Sours
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Safety In Paradise
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New Tiki Drink: Plantation Coffee by Augustine Bar
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Tiki Compliant: Hotel Nacional Special

Tiki Month Roundup 2014


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Well, another Tiki Month is (mostly) in the books. I’m leaving the decor up here on the website for a few more days, just as I’m leaving the decor up in my basement a bit longer. I still have a number of people who need to see it and visit, but who got snowed out earlier in the month.

I feel like I’m getting the hang of Tiki more and more each year, and this year was the first that I had to do little or no basic research to get the results I wanted. I know the history of the movement, and it’s current state. I know the attire, the music, the lingo. And I know the drinks. My experiments this year have been exploring some holes in the repertoire, trying a few creations on my own, and formalizing the decorations of my own facility.

Next year, I expect to delve a bit deeper into Tiki food. It is the one area I’ve not been able to crack into fully.

Herewith, a roundup of my posts for Tiki Month, 2014. I was less prolific this year than last, but I hope a bit more on point.

I’ll start with my biggest achievement of the year, my man-sized, light and smoke effects-enabled volcano—a middle school science project gone mad. It is portable, so I can store it for next year, and on into the future. It produced one of those wonderful moments when the PeguWife is forced to admit that strangers actually do read this blog, when someone I’d never met exclaimed to me, “Oh! You’re the dude with the volcano!”
Completed paper mache volcano

I also showed you some video posts on Tiki bombshells of one sort and another….
White-Rum-Has-A-New-Captain
Chrissy Teigen

Mixology Monday brought me a whole bunch of posts to link to which discussed the theme of Sours in a Tiki or Tikiesque context.
MxMo-Tiki-Logo

Of course, I posted a whole bunch of drinks individually as well, listed here with pictures.

I also came up with two new cocktails, both well-received, and both riffs/tweaks of classics.

Margarita Atoll-A Tiki Margarita
Margarita Atoll
The Regal Daiquiri, a Tiki drink for MxMmo: Sours
And my own MxMo entry: Regal Daiquiri

There were also things I did not get to in the time the calendar grants. I did not review Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s new book in full, largely because Real Life™ has precluding my finishing it. This should not preclude you from buying it anyway. What I’ve read is fun and supportive of my long-held contention that the Bum should be considered a serious, perhaps a leading, American historian, rather than just a huckster of funky dunky drinks.

I also wanted to do a separate post on Putney Farms’ Hanalei Sour, which is delicious, and different in presentation, but which I didn’t get a chance to try until too late in the game to make the end of February.

I may yet take the time I’ve granted in keeping up the decor to post on these this year. If not, I’ve got all sorts of ammo to kick off the next!

Aloha, Y’all!

New Tiki Drink: The Tiki Tree Viper by Rated-R Cocktails

Tiki Tree Viper Cocktail from Rated-R Cocktails
The Tiki Tree Viper is one of those newly-invented cocktails you get to see all the time when you read cocktail blogs. Usually, they stick in your mind because of a gorgeous picture, or funky name, or maybe an ingredient that you just haven’t done much with. Most of the time the drink, should you find the time to make one yourself, ends up being fairly “eh”. But sometimes, it ends up being a real find.

JFL, of Rated-R Cocktails, invented the TTV, and posted it just days before Tiki Month began. I had been looking for recipes to blog about, and this one was well-timed. It is a riff on the popular Chartreuse Swizzle, as Tiki/Classic Crossover a cocktail as you will find.

Here is my recipe for it. The brands are a bit altered from the original, and I make one critical change in amount, all of which I detail below.

TIKI TREE VIPER

  • 1 1/2 oz. Mount Gay Eclipse
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon Hart 151
  • 1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse
  • 1/4 oz. Bols Blue Curaçao
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. orgeat

Combine ingredients with cracked or small ice and shake to combine. Serve in appropriate Tiki vessel and garnish with dry ice and lavish produce.

The biggest change I make is to back the Chartreuse back from three-quarters in JFL’s to half an ounce. At the full three-quarters, I think the Chartreuse starts to bully the other ingredients. At a half, you still by God know it is in the drink, but is stays part of the larger ensemble. I think the suggested mint as garnish is also a bit over the top, too. (And I garnish everything with mint in February.) The cocktail doesn’t need more competing herbal notes.
Tiki Tree Viper by Rated-R Cocktails
Finally, a sliver of dry ice in the bottom gives it the appropriate atmospherics. This is a very mysterious, darkest New Guinea kind of Tiki drink. I have also saved it for the homestretch of Tiki Month because it has been so very popular with my friends. Incidentally, they all independently drop the work “Tiki” from the name, just asking for a Tree Viper. When I ask, they mostly say they don’t know what a “Tiki Tree” is. The glasses have, with the exception of one guy whose evening was ending and hadn’t expected the potency, come back uniformly empty. I use Tiki Month get togethers as an opportunity to use my guests as lab rats for new drinks, and the Tree Viper has had this year’s best results in both attracting orders, and in well-received results.

A Tiki Month SubRoundup of MxMo: Sours

MxMo-Tiki-Logo
For those of you following Tiki Month, but who may have missed this month’s Mixology Monday, I want to present a sub-roundup of the entries which are either explicitly or can just be shoehorned into a Tiki concept. With this month’s MxMo theme being Sours, the basic form of most Tiki drinks, it was a target-rich environment.
Without further ado, here are whole bunch of great looking drinks with a Tiki theme or Tiki elements, most of which I won’t have time to try this month, alas. But I’ll get to a bunch of them… oh yes, my precious.

Blue MargaritaBartending Notes offered a simple Margarita, but the picture came out blue. Tiki Rule 4 says that If it’s Blue, it’s Tiki True, so here it is. I just posted about this entry separately here.

Rhubarb Rum FizzAndrea, this month’s taskmistress, ended up with a Rhubarb Rum Fizz. I’m not sure if rhubarb is Tiki-compliant or not, but it looks tasty, she’s our host, and I’m glad I’m not as old as she is and can still take two ounces of lemon juice in one night. (Cough, Fog Cutters, Cough!)

Sol Volcanique from Rated-R CocktailsJFL of Rated-R Cocktails is about the most prolific Tiki blogger out there currently. He produces all sorts of delicious and gorgeous original cocktails regularly. Read him. For this MxMo, he rolls out the Sol Volcanique, which employs the rarely used tangerine.

Sloppy Joe form Nihil UtopiaMy buddy Dagreb takes the opportunity this MxMo to tell the familiar cocktail blogger story of the One Drink That Really Made Me A Cocktailian™. In his case it is the Sloppy Joe. I’m not sure it is really a Tiki drink, but it has rum and citrus and syrup. And I’ve already gotten into how vermouth can be a Tiki ingredient, so here I shoehorn it in.

Eden Sour from DrinksburghMike from Drinksburgh somehow gets away with putting grenadine in a Trader Vic-style Mai Tai without a horde of angry grass-skirted villagers burning down his house. (Though come to think of it, I haven’t heard from him in the last day or so….) Anyway, his Eden Sour would not be any more Tiki if you served it with a plane ticket to Tahiti.

008Caipirinhas aren’t usually considered Tiki, but I’m not sure why. When we think of Brazil we think of volcanic upthrusts, scary natives, and barely clad women in the sand. It is sort of a giant, continent-sized Bora Bora. Anyway, the Ginger Kumquat Caipirinha that Mike of Grow. Eat. Mix. Drink. offers is sure Tiki enough for me.

BalsouricaTwitter god Joel DiPippa quotes some authority as saying “When you have homemade limoncello everything looks like a Sour.” His Balsourica is another drink that teeters on the edge of being had in a Tiki bar, but I want to remember to try it, so I’m including it here.

5 Spice Ti' Punch from Stir and StrainElana at Stir and Strain went with a 5 Spice Ti’ Punch. She employs the traditional 5 Spice blend through an infused syrup that I think would be useful for all manner of Tiki drinks beyond her intended use.

Hanalei Sour from Putney FarmThe folks at Putney Farm worked up something they call a Hanalei Sour. It looks gorgeous, delicious, and Tiki as all get out. And if I can figure out coconut sugar by this evening, it is what I’m making tonight.

Polynesian Sour from Shake Strain & SipLastly, we have the Polynesian Sour, from Scott at Shake Strain & Sip. I won’t trying this delectable-looking treat since it calls for Hawaii’s own spirit, Okolehao. You’ll be shocked, shocked to hear it isn’t available in Ohio…. Oh, and the picture will show you that there is no better garnish to announce you have a Tiki Sour on your hands than a giant half a lime.

There are lots more great Sours on offer in Andrea’s roundup, but these are the ones I think belong in the Tiki category. Remember to swing back by Ginhound to check out all the rest!

Safety In Paradise

OK, I hesitate to claim that Air New Zealand is “in” for Tiki Month, as I was legitimately able to do with Frankie’s Tiki Room, but I’m gonna suggest it. They posted this, their new cabin safety video, in February after all! And it shows some of the most beautiful tropical island scenery of the Cook Islands I’ve seen, so I want to post it.

Tropical island scenery?
There are islands in this video?
Can’t say as how I noticed.
That said, I will grant that the scenery is pretty awesome.

What are you on about? There are the fabulous Cook Islands. There are flower leis. There are… Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover models… OK. I get your point.

Come on. I gotta shoehorn in some Rule 5 at some point in every Tiki Month. After all, as I have chronicled heretofore, Tiki is about (among other things) guilt-free sex!

And to my female readership, don’t worry. Air New Zealand is an equal opportunity outfit. There is a special guest appearance (they have special guest appearances in airline safety videos now?) by Christie Brinkley, who in addition to being quite the Mikana Añejo herself, seems to be there to remind everyone that Los Angeles is the Air New Zealand destination with the hottest pool boys.

I must say that it is interesting the way that Air New Zealand is turning the safety talk into a revenue opportunity. But celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Swimsuit Edition immediately after the prior celebration is kind of a jarring change in the amount of hair. Good to see they both manage to make the life vest inflation segment into a dirty joke. Bear Grylls (thank God) didn’t get that memo in his version….
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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.

Tiki Compliant: Hotel Nacional Special

Hotel Nacional Special Cocktail
The Hotel Nacional Special is a lovely little concoction you should have on your short list to try whenever you juice a fresh pineapple. It is a wonderful showcase for that juice, and unlike many Tiki drinks with long lists of ingredients, you needn’t bother with this one if all you have is canned. I got this recipe, again, from Jeff Berry’s new book, Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean. (Currently available only from its publisher, Cocktail Kingdom) The Bum notes the fresh juice requirement specifically in this recipe, and I hope he will forgive me for deliberately making one with canned, just to see. As is usually the case, he is right.

HOTEL NACIONAL SPECIAL

  • 1 oz. white Cuban rum (I’m a law-abiding American, so I use Mount Gay from Barbados)
  • 1/2 oz. apricot brandy
  • 1 oz. fresh pineapple juice, strained clear
  • 1/4 oz. fresh lime juice

Shake quickly with a moderate amount of ice, and strain into a small cocktail glass. Garnish delicately, if at all.

You will note that this is a little drink. That is a 6 oz. coupe in my photo above, and it contains one and a half servings. And putting the size aside, as Tiki drinks go, the booze per sip ratio is at the light end of the spectrum as well.

As per my lede, the Hotel Nacional Special is a delicious way to justify all the hassle of properly juicing pineapples. Unlike most Tiki drinks, that one ingredient stands out supreme, and the others do not so much morph its character as harmonize with it. This is another drink that will be on the menu all month long. It is light, accessible, and not nearly so sweet as you might think. I’d suggest it as a great opening or closing round in an evening of higher proof libations.

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