Category Archives: Tiki

Borrowed Treasure recipe

I wish I could tell you this amazing glass is mine – but it’s not!  Grateful for my good friend Yamica who is mega stylish and beautiful – who allowed me to borrow her cool piece of glassware!

 

Borrowed Treasure

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2oz Fresh Pineapple Juice — 2oz Rhum Barbancourt (4yr/3star) — 1oz each Drambuie, Homemade Cherry Syrup, Domaine Canton (ginger liqueur), Cointreau — 1oz Homemade Orgeat — 3/4oz Fresh Lime Juice – 8 dashes El Guapo Whiskey Barrel Aged Cocoa Tea Bitters – phew… a better question would have been “What is NOT in this drink?”

Sin in The Tropics Recipe

It’s upper 90s in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.  Thus, for now, I find my Paradise in a chilled coupe glass.

Sin in The Tropics

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2oz fresh Pineapple juice — 1 1/2oz Appleton Estate Special Rum — 3/4oz Rhum Barbancourt (4yr/3star) — 1/2oz Myer’s Dark Rum — 1/2oz Baiju — 1/2oz homemade Orgeat — 1/2oz Cherry syrup — 4/5 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters — SPR

There’s Always a Substitute, Mai Tai edition

Today I want to discuss recipe substitutions.  When I first started this home bar endeavor a few years ago, I felt beholden to using the exact ingredients in a given recipe.  Not having the perspective or context to decide for myself what subs would work, etc., I followed w/ blind faith.
Now… bump that!  Home bars are mad expensive, yo!  I have bills to pay and I do love to eat as well as imbibe (typical, right?! 🙂 Although, I know I spend much more on the latter…)
Now that my tastes have developed and I have a more well-rounded understanding of various flavor profiles (e.g. orange based liqueurs, amer/amari, herbal liqueurs, various types of simple…)  I feel confident in making due with the bottles I have on deck, and not using strict recipe interpretation as an excuse to go to Schneider’s on Capitol Hill (again!).
I had to ask myself: Could I make a Mai Tai with the spirits I already have now?
I decided I could.
Also, there are multiple Mai Tai variations.  If you’re interested in the history of the drink – this is an interesting read about Don the Beachcomber vs Trader Vic and who actually created the drink first.
On to the drink (and pic)!  I made a riff on this  recipe that consists of light (which I added to make boozier, hence the light color) and dark rum, fresh lime juice, rock candy simple, orgeat, and orange liqueur …

My Bootleg Mai Tai 
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* 1 1/2oz 51 Cachaca in lieu of light rum, 1 1/2oz Rhum Barbancourt (4yr,3 stars), 3/4oz Lime Juice, 1/2oz Cointreau in lieu of dry curacao, 1/4oz homemade Orgeat, 1/4oz Rock Candy Syrup
What is  YOUR favorite Mai Tai recipe?  Did you make any substitutions?  Let me know 🙂
 *Cachaca is essentially Brazilian Rum Agricole, rum distilled from sugar cane juice instead of molasses sugarcane byproduct. It is the main ingredient in the Caipirinha (which I spell wrong e’retime!) cocktail, which also includes fresh lime juice and sugar.

Tiki!

I cracked my first coconut.  I didn’t maim myself.   More on Tiki later – once I further educate myself.  Please check out Intstagram #tikiaf – cuz those guys got it covered.  Also check out @homebargirl and @ntitz cuz they know Tiki…

Island Rain 

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1 1/2oz Fresh Pineapple Juice — 1oz Fresh Coconut water — 3/4oz Homemade Orgeat — 3/4oz Rhum Barbancourt — 3/4oz Appleton Estate Special Rum — 1/2oz Cointreau — 1/2oz Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach — 4 dashes El Guapo Whiskey Barrel Aged Spiced Cocoa Tea Bitters — 1 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Syrup — SPR