Updates and events

Posted by TraderTiki on March 7th, 2008 — Posted in Bilge, Events, MxMo, Site

Just a few notes on up and coming events and site changes.  Nothing so thrilling as opening a new bottle of Ron Añejo Aniversario, but just some niftys nonetheless.

First off, I’m going to give the old heave-ho to the google ads.  This should speed up the site a bit, which is worth a bit more to me than what the ads generate (just less than a bottle of bottom shelf booze).

Second, a reminder that Mar. 18th is the next Tiki Third Tuesday at Teardrop Lounge!  Yes, it’s a recurring monthly event, with a special menu of tiki drinks and tropical cocktails put together by yours truly and slung by the magnificent bastards behind the bar at Teardrop.  The special menu is available all night long, and rumor has it the drinks may even show up as nightly specials now and again, so be sure to drop in and let them know I sent ya.  I’m not even sure I can express in words my gratitude for their dedication to the evening, and the culture of the cocktail,so head over there and express it for me with cash!  The cocktails and conversation you trade it for are well worth the investment.

Last, I’ll be hosting Mixology Monday in May, with the theme of RUM!  So post a review of an exceptional rum, make a fancy new rum drink, grab an island and talk about its various rums, work up a rum combination that’d make Donn Beach drool, just go for it!  Damn you Rick for coming up with such a fantastic theme for this month, I’ll have to whip up something really deadly for that.

Myrtle Bank Punch

Posted by TraderTiki on March 6th, 2008 — Posted in Rum, Trader Vic

Named for a hotel in Kingston, Jamaica, where a man named “slippery” stood behind the stick, this potent potable packs a palooka’s punch to the palate.  A touch harsh at first, but, like a lot of good tropical drinks, takes dilution well and ends up a well-balanced sweet, sour, and fairly significant drink.  With its high 151 content, it’s no wonder the bum named his version of the drink “Hell in the Pacific“.

Myrtle Bank Punch

Myrtle Bank Punch (source, Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide, 1948)

  • 1 1/2 ounces 151 Demerara Rum
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 6 dashes grenadine
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • float of Maraschino Liqueur

Mix rum, lime juice, and grenadine with sugar in mixing glass; shake with cracked ice; strain over cracked ice in 10 oz. glass.  Add float of maraschino liqueur and serve with straws.

The Maraschino Liqueur float lends its earthy, sweet and slightly oily nose to the drink, while the lime, grenadine and sugar lend the sweet and sour to the smoky and rich Demerara rum, a bit of swizzling before the float adds some sublime condensation on the side of the glass.   It’s a lovely drink, and tastes even sweeter with the spring sun standing overhead, evaporating the dismal grey that tends to linger over the great northwest.  Rum, warmth in winter, shade in summer, truly a blessed creation.

Test Pilot

Posted by TraderTiki on March 1st, 2008 — Posted in Don the Beachcomber, Drinks, Grog Log, Recipes, Rum, Teardrop Tiki Menu, Tiki Drinks

When celebrating Don the Beachcomber’s legacy, or his recent birthday (Feb. 22d), what better way to remember the man than through his signature 1-2 punch of Bitters and Pastis (Herbsaint preferred, Pernod in a pinch), and the drink I think really brings it out best, the Test Pilot.

The bitters/pastis combination adds a lot of complexity and roundedness to the drink. Pastis, Herbsaint in particular (drop the R, rearrange the letters to find the origin), in small amounts, adds the strange sweetness of anise, while extending the life of the flavor. For my palate, it’s almost like an envelope, wrapping a bit around the rest of the flavors, keeping them together. The bitters, in this case Angostura, gives a nice spicy start and clove and sarsaparilla-like depth to the drink. Combined, the two are a bit of a circle and spike to the drink, if I can be allowed to make such a visual example of the taste.

The Test Pilot, according to the Grog Log, is by Don the Beachcomber circa 1941, and for my money, is one of the top examples of Don’s mastery of mixology.

Test Pilot

Test Pilot (source Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log)

  • 1/2 ounce Lime
  • 1/2 ounce Falernum
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau (3 tsp in Grog Log, same measurement)
  • 3/4 ounce Light Puerto Rican Rum (Don Q Cristal recommended)
  • 1 1/2 ounce Dark Jamaican Rum (Coruba recommended)
  • dash Bitters
  • dash Herbsaint

Mix/Blend with 1 cup crushed ice, pour into Double Rocks glass. Add crushed ice to fill.

One thing I notice while making this drink is that it really makes the falernum shine. Using more of a sweetening falernum, like Velvet Falernum, makes a very good drink, but using a spicy homemade, like Paul’s Falernum #8 really brings out all the spice and complexity the drink has to offer. My last batch of Falernum, similar to Paul’s but double the spice, and adding one whole star anise, comes heavily and heartily recommended.

And of course, this will be on the menu for the March 18th Tiki Third Tuesday at Teardrop Lounge! Shameless self-promotion? You got it!

Of course, I’m not the first cocktail blogger to put up my take on this drink. Enjoy Rick and Paul’s takes on this delicious drink!