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Showing posts with label tropical drinks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tropical drinks. Show all posts

Friday, September 20, 2013

Endless Summer: 7 Classic Tiki Drinks for Summer’s Final Days


Sad to see summer go? Then hang on to every last minute of warmth and sunshine by mixing up the quintessential warm-weather drink: a tiki cocktail. Even if the rest of you is less than toasty, these nostalgic, delicious tiki classics will keep your mind solidly in the land of sun, sand and 80º surf.

Jersey City isn’t exactly a tropical paradise, but that didn’t stop New Jersey native Natalie Jacob from finding inspiration in the city’s historic Hamilton Park neighborhood for creating this riff on the classic tiki drink, the Queen’s Park Swizzle.

We love the spicy-smoky combo of mezcal and ginger beer in this unique tropical cocktail. “It pays tribute to Laka, the Hawaiian goddess of song and dance—patroness of hula dancers,” says Susan Eggett of Forbidden Island, a tiki lounge in San Francisco’s East Bay.

Created by Jeff “Beach Bum” Berry, the reigning King of all things tiki, for Tiki-Ti, an LA landmark, this drink’s unbeatable combination of aged rum, spices, lime, orange and ginger will keep you mixing and sipping all winter long. Click here for the recipe.
Photo: Stuart Mullenberg

A true salute to the indisputably delicious original, this concoction calls Campari to the forefront, while Jamaican rum, orgeat and fresh lime keep it closely on track with the more traditional Mai Tai.

Who doesn’t love a Piña Colada? The ultimate in poolside indulgence is just as much of a treat fireside.

This over-the-top cocktail embodies the sense of fun and imagination that makes tiki drinks so appealing.

Say “aloha” to this taste of paradise from Hawaii barkeep Brice Ginardi, who opened the Okolemaluna Lounge on the Big Island last year. His Wicked Wahine takes a traditional tiki formula and gives it special treatment with fresh, natural ingredients. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

6 Daiquiris for National Daiquiri Day

Photo: Katie Burnett

Calling to mind sun-bleached umbrellas, soft white sand and the turquoise waters of the tropics, the Daiquiri is the ultimate summer cocktail. Forget about those frozen, sticky-sweet variations and instead mix up a true classic. Here, in honor of National Daiquiri Day, are six of our favorite variations.

As simple a cocktail as they come, there’s a reason the Daiquiri is a classic. Fresh lime juice and a bit of simple syrup brighten and soften a good pour of white rum.

Ernest Hemingway loved his rum, and this version of the Daiquiri is how he liked to drink it.  Spiked with a bit of grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur, it’s a bit more complex than the classic, but just as reviving.

By swapping in an aged rum for the more traditional white and adding a dash of bitters and herbsaint,  the Portland, Ore. bar The Rum Club has created a true original inspired by the classic.

Juicy fresh watermelon is muddled with a Thai chile pepper in this vibrantly hued, spicy-cool adaptation.

This little-known Daiquiri adaptation comes from Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide and specifies Jamaican rum and a honey syrup in place of the more typical simple syrup. Slightly richer than the traditional, but just as enticing.

A sophisticated twist on the Hemingway Daiquiri, this cocktail from San Francisco's Jon Gasparini features rich Jamaican rum, maraschino and splash of grapefruit cordial.