The Perfect Cocktail to Relax When Watching TV

Posted by TraderTiki on March 3rd, 2017 — Posted in Drinks

Television and cocktail will always go together. You always get to see cocktails in most party gatherings in movies. Similarly, cocktail goes well with TV gatherings as well!

Imagine a day when all you have to do is sit back on your recliner sofa, relax, and watch your favorite TV shows. You may even have your friends with, as you watch a game or a movie. You have your bag of chips to last you for a couple of hours. You munch vigorously, but you suddenly become thirsty. Usually what goes perfectly with watching TV is a glass of cocktail of your own making.

We introduce to you the White Russian, a cocktail mix that fans of the movie, “The Big Lebowski,” are certainly familiar with. In the movie, “The Dude” can be seen several times drinking a glass of White Russian. This drink does not really come from Russia, but named accordingly due to its vodka content.

You will find this drink quite easy to make, since it only has three active ingredients.

Here is the recipe of the White Russian, a mix I gladly recommend to any TV watchers wanting to relax:

  • 2 ounces of Vodka
  • 1 ounce of Kahlua
  • A box of heavy cream

Secure an old fashioned glass, and you are ready to start mixing. Add vodka and Kahlua to your old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Afterward, top it with a huge splash of heavy cream, and stir away! You may also opt to replace the heavy cream with milk if it suits your fancy.

This drink goes great with any TV show you decide to watch. Just choose a channel, recline your seat, and sip away. You will notice that your viewing experience will never have been as relaxing.

I hope you enjoy sipping this mix. If you do, please feel free to share this recipe with your friends!

The Perfect Cocktail Before You Get to Sleep

Posted by TraderTiki on February 22nd, 2017 — Posted in Drinks

Have you ever experienced difficulty in sleeping, even after a long day of work? Perhaps you cannot stop racing thoughts, or you just feel active while in the bed. Fortunately, we have a nightcap solution to soothe your senses before you sleep. A nightcap is what people use to warm themselves to sleep when heaters aren’t enough. Similarly, it is the term used to describe the smooth drinks that we have before going to bed.

Will it work? A bit of alcohol does you no harm before going to bed. In fact, alcohol is known to down your senses and experienced a more relaxed state. Mixing it up with finely selected ingredients helps to enhance the process of relaxation and sleep.

After trying out this creamy nightcap mix, you will be catching a lot of Z’s in no time. This mix is often called the Brandy Alexander, for reasons that are uncertain. Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of cognac
  • 1 ounce of dark creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce of cream
  • 1 freshly grated nutmeg (garnish)

You need a cocktail glass for this recipe. Once you have one, secure all your ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill it with just enough ice. Shake your ingredients and strain them into your chilled cocktail glass. Once everything prepared, garnish your glass with your freshly grated nutmeg.

Once you have finished mixing, feel free to savor it as long as you’d like. This creamy blend has been popular since the early 20th century. Not only is it a nifty solution to your sleep difficulty, but it is also great for Christmas parties and other festive occasions. Its smooth creaminess is seldom compared to other mixes. Or if you have just relaxed onto your firm mattress, this drink will hit the spot.

I hope you enjoyed your mix! Please feel free to share this recipe with your friends or loved ones who also find it difficult to sleep right away.

The Perfect After Work Cocktail Recipe

Posted by TraderTiki on January 10th, 2017 — Posted in Drinks

A long day of tending to your garden can be exhausting. Mowing the lawn especially with a push on mower is draining. We know how tiring it feels to mow the lawn for long periods. It’s worse when you have been mowing a huge plot of land, with plenty of shrubs and weeds. Even if you have been mowing with a zero turn ride on mower, the task of is still tiring.

You definitely want an afternoon of relaxation. You want something worthwhile to reward your efforts.

Luckily for you, we have the perfect cocktail mix for the job.

Sipping cocktails can be great for unwinding. Also, mixing it yourself is also an added bonus. This recipe that I introduce does not require many ingredients. In fact, you will only need these basic ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of amaretto
  • 2 ounces of coconut rum
  • 1 ounce of white rum
  • 3-6 ounces of orange juice
  • 3-6 ounces of apple juice

You will also need a hurricane glass to perfect this drink. Simply pour your amaretto, coconut rum, and white rum over five ice cubes in a hurricane glass. Then you fill the remainder of the glass with apple and orange juice. The amount will depend on your taste preference. Some even prefer to put more than 6 ounces, since they are into the sweetened flavor, but it is really up to you.

This cocktail mix is perfect for sipping with friends or family. Picture yourself enjoying this beverage in the garden, as the sun slowly sets. You feel the sweet sensation in your tongue, as you pride yourself on the labor you have accomplished. You smilingly declare to yourself, "I deserve this reward."

This is the scenario we try to achieve with the after-work cocktail mix. I hope you enjoy it, and share it with your friends!

Introducing the Galley Cam!

Posted by TraderTiki on March 4th, 2009 — Posted in Galley, Site

Alright folks, for those of you who haven’t noticed the new mini-tab in the navigation, I’ve got a new feature down in Reynolés Galley, the Galley Cam!

Stream videos at Ustream

Powered by a Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000, and streamed via, I’m giving you all a little glimpse into the Galley for events, mixological exploits, and whatever else comes to mind.  I’ll be sending out broadcast updates via twitter.  With the UStream chat, you can chat with me, and I’ll respond.  I’d love to be able to have you talk too, but, well, if anyone’s got a suggestion, I’m open to it.

I’m hoping to be able to open the Galley once a week or so to the internet, so keep reading and see you soon!  Well, you’ll see me… at least.

Disturbing Juice Information

Posted by TraderTiki on March 3rd, 2009 — Posted in In Other News

As pointed out to me by Craig, over at Boing Boing they’ve got an excerpt from a Boston Globe  interview with the author of Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice.

What isn’t straightforward about orange juice?

HAMILTON: It’s a heavily processed product. It’s heavily engineered as well. In the process of pasteurizing, juice is heated and stripped of oxygen, a process called deaeration, so it doesn’t oxidize. Then it’s put in huge storage tanks where it can be kept for upwards of a year. It gets stripped of flavor-providing chemicals, which are volatile. When it’s ready for packaging, companies such as Tropicana hire flavor companies such as Firmenich to engineer flavor packs to make it taste fresh. People think not-from-concentrate is a fresher product, but it also sits in storage for quite a long time.

To what degree is orange juice still made from Florida oranges?

HAMILTON: Most concentrate is now from Brazil. Shipping it is relatively easy. Until recently, you could count on [Tropicana] Pure Premium being from Florida, but shipping technology has advanced. Companies like Tropicana have started shipping full-strength juice from Brazil rather than buying and squeezing in Florida. The majority of not-from-concentrate is coming from Florida-squeezed oranges, but that’s certainly changing. The orange growing is moving to Brazil, which grows the most oranges for juice by far. Land is cheaper, and environmental regulations are almost nonexistent.

Squeeze fresh folks, as often as you can.  I squeeze fresh in low volume (at home), and in high volume (at work).  It means a few more trips to the store, but oh the difference!  Hell, even freezing your own might do the trick.  Got some secrets on keeping fresh citrus fresh?  Post a comment!

Easy Tiki Drinks, The Derby Daiquiri

Posted by TraderTiki on March 2nd, 2009 — Posted in Drinks, Rum, Sippin' Safari

Welcome to the first part on a series of Easy Tiki Drinks.

Tiki Mixology has gotten a bad rap over the years.  The complexity of the concoctions and obscurity of ingredients have deemed Tiki drinks a no-go for home mixologists and bartenders alike.  That most damned ingredient, effort, can be a bitch to wrangle.  As you know, I make my own ingredients, and have searched far and wide for exotic liqueurs and rums.  I recently received a bottle of a discontinued liqueur that I’ve been waiting to obtain for about 8 years.  Such is the life of the obsessive.

But for those who aren’t willing to go the extra mile to drink like Donn or Vic, I thought I’d put together a few of my favorite super simple Tiki Drinks.  No more than 4 ingredients, nothing more exotic than a trip to the grocery store, and as little homemade as possible.  I might make a tinge of difference on a recipe here or there, eliminating garnish or so, just to show you that behind all the ice cones and feathered lime shells, the base of the drink is something pure and spectacular.

This drink below, the Derby Daiquiri, is the spawn of Mariano Licudine, one of the mixologists at Florida’s famed Mai Kai.  You could say for certain that  this is one of the drinks that put the Mai Kai on the map as a prominent purveyor of polypop potables.  Mariano had been a bartender at Don the Beachcomber’s in Hollywood and Chicago, and for more than a decade worked his way up the chain until he was their #2 mixologist.  He was then headhunted by the Bob and Jack Thornton, who were in the process of putting together the Mai Kai.  There he took on the #1 slot, and made the Mai Kai’s menu, bar, and bartending program his own.

Mariano developed this drinkin 1959 for a Rums of Puerto Rico cocktail competition.  It soon made its way to Esquire and other magazines, even being named the signature drink of the Gulfstream Racetrack’s Florida Derby.  There’s plenty more information on Mariano and the Mai Kai in Jeff Berry’s Sippin’ Safari .

Originally served with crushed ice and in an ice shell, this drink stands up just fine without those geegaws and doodads.  It even had its own distinct but now all-but-extinct specialty cocktail glass, which can be found on the Beachbum’s Grog Blog.  Nifty, but also unnecessary.

Derby Daiquiri

Derby Daiquiri

  • 1 oz Orange Juice
  • ½ oz Lime
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup
  • 1½ oz Light Puerto Rican Rum

Shake with Ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Sweet and sultry simplicity.  It’s essentially a Daiquiri, but with the sweet richness of orange juice added for a faux-tropical kick.  I think over the next few posts, you’ll see just what an influence the Daiquiri had in the development of Tiki Mixology.  Hell, as I like to wax poetic about, the potent combo of Rum and Lime is what America craved after all those trips to Cuba during the “noble experiment”.

If you have trouble with this one… well, hope you enjoy hi-balls!  You lazy bums…

I’ve got a few more easy ones for you that I’ll be posting all this week.  See you in the funny pages.

Next month, Trader Tiki goes all Pegu!

Posted by TraderTiki on February 25th, 2009 — Posted in In Other News


Not really, and it’s a bit late in this, but if you haven’t been reading The Pegu Blog, it’s all about Tiki this month, and what a month it has been!  Doug’s taken the heat up a notch, talking about Donn and Vic, checking out the History of the Mai Tai, and other assorted Tiki Tales all packed into one hell of a month.

So go hit up his site for some content, I’m working on a few new things for the site… soon to come, Easy Tiki drinks, for you lazy bums out there.

MxMo Hard Times, the Cheap Man’s Chauncey

Posted by TraderTiki on February 16th, 2009 — Posted in Bitters, Bourbon, Brandy, Classic Cocktails, Gin, MxMo, Recipes, rye

mxmologoHard times are all around us right now.  The job market is slumping, real estate values are dropping, there’s a global economic crisis looming on the horizon.  What better time for a drink?  Come rain or shine, they ain’t called “spirits” for nothing, and I’ve got a real dandy drink made on the cheap for this Mixology Monday, Hard Times, hosted by my good friend Matt Rowley over at Rowley’s Whiskey Forge.

The cocktail that hit my mind instantly was the Chauncey Cocktail, a favorite of mine, as introduced to me at Teardrop Lounge.  In my research, the furthest back I’ve seen this referenced was in the book The Catering Industry Employee, Official Journal of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees’ International Alliance and Bartenders’ International League of America, published 1934.  I didn’t quite find this in time, and used the proportions from the CocktailDB entry, which is quite good.  This is an all-boozer; time is money and I haven’t the time to waste on mixers when spirits are in need of lifting.  As well, the booze involved can be found pretty cheaply, as it is all base spirits.  No flight of fancy liqueurs or rarities here, this one’s a mix Gin, Rye, Brandy, and Sweet Vermouth.  A damned good mix as well, I must say.

Chauncey Cocktail

Chauncey Cocktail

  • 3/4 oz Rye
  • 3/4 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Brandy
  • 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • dash Orange Bitters

Stir in a mixing glass with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

I took a special note here to use the cheapest ingredients I could get my mitts on, and rounded up the cost for you.  Without counting ice, barware and glassware, this drunk will run you a kingly sum of $1.05, American.  I suppose the nickel over the greenback makes this a bit fancy of a cocktail (though not a “fancy” cocktail), and I could have gone a touch cheaper, but you’ve got to treat yourself every once in awhile.  Despite the low cost, this is a delicious drink that makes even the cheap stuff taste like heaven (well, bootlegger’s heaven).  If you do happen to find yourself back in dough, try it with the fancy stuff.  It gets even better.

Muchos Mahalos to Rowley for hosting this MxMo, and we’ll see you next round!