The resurgence of cocktail connoisseurs has also been a boon to the classic ingredient market. Not long ago, you could hardly find anything beyond iridescent grenadine or sweet and sour mix. Now, there’s artisanal everything, produced by some bearded fella who wears suspenders and probably rides a unicycle to and from his collective (I jest — but only a little). This is great when you’re feeling lazy. However, when you’re ambitious, you take up the mantle yourself and make your own mixers. Much like Homemade Orgeat!
As we’ve shown, tiki cocktails need not only be rum. They can be tequila (hello Tropical Paloma), they can be moonshine (hey there Tropical Prohibition Paradise), but can you make them extra fancy with Scotch? Oh yes you can. We figured for National Scotch Day, which happens to fall right at the end of Tiki Month, we’d have to do just that. Let’s get a little Scotchy with the Luau Smoked Pineapple!
Tiki drinks are great fun because you’re not supposed to overthink them. They’re exciting, pleasant, smile-inducing drinks that both look and taste good. How seriously can you take something that comes in a tiki mug? Or in a pineapple mug? Not very seriously, that’s how serious. If you don’t like rum, don’t let that spoil your tiki fun. While rum is almost synonymous with tiki drinks, we feel it’s time to keep expanding the definition, it’s time to add some tequila. Let’s keep this party rolling with the Tropical Paloma!
It’s time for us to keep this amazing Tiki Month going strong! I knew that in doing an entire month of tiki drinks, I didn’t want to only hit the classics (those are great), but we had to introduce a few new ones too. Introducing new tiki drinks is also an opportunity to introduce unique and new ingredients like moonshine (or white whisky for you pedantic folks, since it’s legal and stuff)! Now introducing the Tropical Prohibition Paradise!
Aloha! We’ve decided that it’s time for Tiki Month! While every month can be your very own Tiki Month, Alice and I felt that July was a good one — if not only because there’s the Fourth of Ju-Luau, but because it’s so roasty toasty outside, sometimes only a good tiki drink will work. For our first (of many) tiki drinks, let’s have a Banana Coconut Rum Smuggler!
Summer is great for refreshing drinks. I’m sure it’s great for other things, but me, I think of ways to cool off when it’s hot. That tends to involve fruit, citrus, ice and some sort of lighter booze (this is a site about cocktails, what else did you think I’d say?). With that in mind, let’s all gather ’round and have a Wild Strawberry Lime Cocktail!
I’m not sure what’s happened to the dignified institution of bartending, but (and I wish I were kidding) every single time I order a Godfather, I get a perplexed look, then a meek question asking what exactly that is. It’s not that extreme of a drink. Hell, it’s a classic! I digress. What I wanted was another option to (apparently confuse bartenders) drink that was similar to the Godfather. Hello Japanese Cocktail, you’ll do nicely!
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it maybe three times, I love a good Negroni. It’s a great pre-dinner cocktail that wakes up your taste buds getting you ready for a damn fine meal. The classic is a model of simplicity, one-part gin (because gin is awesome), one-part Campari and one-part sweet vermouth. However, what if you’re looking for something different? What if you’re looking to change your Negroni ways? Then you’re going to want to try an Orange Negroni!