Pear contest, ends soon!

Posted by TraderTiki on October 7th, 2007 — Posted in Events

Deadline is October 10th (this Wednesday) for USA Pears Pear cocktail contest.  There’s a $1000 grand prize, not to mention the notoriety of being featured in Imbibe Magazine!

In case you were wondering, yes, my entry is complete.  It involves rum, some classic liqueurs, and, made right, emphasizes all the goodness of a rich, fully ripe Bartlett pear.  I’ll be sure to post it on Thursday.

Meanwhile, time also runs out, this Thursday, on The Spirit World, for their Raiders of the Lost Cocktail contest, this month, the first month, featuring Strega.

Hell, while I’m at it, don’t forget MxMo XX: Pairing, hosted by The Liquid Muse, due the 15th!

So yes, it has been a busy, busy month, and it ain’t even partways done.  Next month though, the madness truly begins.  I’ve got something a bit vicious, and just a touch viscous up my sleeve.  No yappin’ ’til it happens though, just keep on reading.


Black Stripe

Posted by TraderTiki on October 3rd, 2007 — Posted in Hot Ones, Rum

Looking outside today, the weather is certainly ripe for some nice winter warmers, at least for my thin skin.

This afternoon, there was the sad attempt at a Blue Blazer.  Yes, though some may find it frightening, I am willing to risk setting the house on fire for a good old-timey drink.  Flips and Blazers for all!  I’ll get this right eventually, just have to get the right mugs.

One thing I certainly got right was a nice selection from Trader Vic’s book of Food and Drink, signed by Trader Vic hisself.  It always brings a bit of a chuckle to me, to think that he had to sit and sign some sap’s copy for the umpteenth time, forcing a smile as he considered concocting the next Mai Tai, or where to open the next Trader Vic’s location.  Maybe he had a good story about his wooden leg to tell the person.  Well, either way, I got the man’s name in ink and I’m damned happy to have both it and the book it’s attached to.

Looking for a nice hot drink to complement the warm weather, I found, very conveniently, a whole chapter devoted to Hot Ones.  Sitting like a beacon is the first recipe, the Black Stripe.  There are two variations to the Black Stripe, one with Honey, the other with Molasses.  Like Vic, I prefer the honey version myself.  It takes a few more trips to the spice cabinet, but is well worth it.

Black Stripe, Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink, p. 109

  • 2 Cherries
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • Hot Water
  • 1 oz. Rum
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Lemon Peel

Crush the two cherries at the bottom of a warmed mug.  Add water and honey, stir.  Add Rum and Spices, garnish with Lemon Peel.

Not just good, but damned good.  I used Luxardo Cherries and Myers’ Dark Rum.  I’m not a huge fan of the Myer’s dark as once I was, but it certainly lets the drinker know that this drink contains RUM.  The Cherries and Rum are a unique and fantastic combination, dark and sweet, no wonder it’s called Black.  Don’t use those Imitation Maraschinos, gotta go real deal.  Maybe Bing Cherries would work, but definitely something dark and sweet.  There’s also a Jamaica Cherry, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen one in any local stores.

Yes, there will be quite a bit of “junk” in the bottom of your mug, so prep your teeth for some good filtering.


Out for Breakfast

Posted by TraderTiki on October 2nd, 2007 — Posted in Bourbon, Brandy, Morning Cocktails

The midnight darkness stays through morning as autumn has descended upon our fair city, yet still the cry is heard in and just outside of every ham ‘n eggs shop from Albina to Burnside. BREAKFAST!!!

If there’s one thing that is truly a Portland, OR mainstay, it’s breakfast. Most recently some adventurous friends and I hit up Screen Door, a lovely little stop with the best southern-style breakfast I’ve ever had. Well, other than 4am visits to the Waffle House, but those were good in a whole different kind of way.

Brandy Milk Punch from Screen DoorThe best part about it though was the morning cocktail menu, and a damn fine one at that. For our party of four, two Ramos Gin Fizz were ordered, and for myself, a Burnside Brandy Milk Punch. The difference between this Brandy Milk Punch and the recipe I’d made in an my Brandy Milk Punch post was a nice dash of Pernod on the bottom, which worked very nice with the brandy. As Samuel Johnson said, “Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.

The bartender and I had a nice chat about the Ramos, as they used whole milk, orange juice, and only shook it for a few seconds, but still it was damn tasty. After the Brandy Milk Punch, I tried to get the Bartender to recreate the Applejack Old-Fashioned I’ve become so fond of, but there was no Applejack or Whiskey Aged bitters in the house. So, from what we had, somewhere between the Applejack OF and the Tombstone (well, really a Proper Old Fashioned with Maple Syrup), comes the NW Old-Fashioned.

NW Old-Fashioned

  • 2 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
  • 1 small orange slice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Muddle the orange slice at the bottom of the glass, add ice, build the drink and stir. Garnish with orange slice, serve with slice at 2pm*

Just an old-fashioned with Maple Syrup, but man what a flavor. The maple syrup and bourbon make an almost too sweet hit on the palate, but the orange oil and bitters kick in to smooth out the mixture into some sort of wonderful Sunday morning perfection in a double-rocks glass.

*2pm as if the customer were facing a clock. A little trick learned from M&S Grill, a chain with a damn decent bar menu.


ROYGBI… and V

Posted by TraderTiki on October 1st, 2007 — Posted in Bilge

To properly utilize my moniker, I am looking for a trade. If anyone has gotten their hands on a spare bottle of Creme de Violette, I will gladly trade from the following for an equal value in the Violette:

  • Cockspur Fine Rum
  • Marie Brizzard Parfait Amour
  • Lemon Hart 80
  • Lemon Hart 151
  • Velvet Falernum
  • Puffer Fish Lamp (2 bottles)

Just post and we’ll setup a trade. Of course, you can always drop by the galley to trade, if I’m not busy stringing together fish lamps and Christmas lights, that is.


Drink Index up!

Posted by TraderTiki on October 1st, 2007 — Posted in Site

It’s a new month, and a new feature is now available.  The Drinks Index!

Yes, it’s a blatant rip-off from The Cocktail Chronicles own Drinks Index, but what can I say, Paul’s got something damn good there.

Meanwhile, been covering my barware in a bit of sawdust, adding new features to the bar.  I threw in 36″ of triple-tiered shelving (adds space for approximately 27 bottles… still nowhere near enough), harnessed the awesome power of IKEA to add some underbar storage and overhead stemware rails (no bartenders over 6′2″),  added a Bitters and Cordials shelf, got some LEDs for the under-liquor lighting to decrease the heat, and I’ll soon be adding tiki mug shelves behind the display windows.  Whew is it a lot of work, but entirely worth the effort.  Word has it a certain someone may be schlepping their way up here in the winter season, so the hatches must be battened down!