The face of joy

Posted by TraderTiki on April 27th, 2008 — Posted in Bilge, Teardrop Tiki Menu

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What is the joy that is Tiki? Here is Portland local and Tiki Enthusiast Mark (OMP) Pederson, showing the true joy of a Lei Lani Volcano on Tiki Tuesday at Teardrop.

Rum soaked Friday

Posted by TraderTiki on April 25th, 2008 — Posted in MxMo

What a good day to enjoy rum.  The sun is just starting to peek out above the grey Northwest skies, and I’m ready to start basking in some daylight.  But the evening, oh the evening, and what it shall be…

On this good day in Rum, I would like to make sure to announce Paul Clarke’s perfectly timed article on Rum in the SF Chronicle.  Why the timing note?  Well, tonight is the first Rum Tasting at Reynolés Galley!  The theme for this evening’s festivity is Top Shelf, with representatives from Ron Zacapa, Pusser’s, Havana Club, and Diplomatico ready to be swished, swirled, sloshed and slurped by a dozen or so rum lovers.  I’ll be posting results and pictures sometime after the evening (and likely, the morning after) is finished.

With this discussion of Rum going on, I figure it’s about time to explain my hopes and wishes for entries in the upcoming Mixology Monday XXVII, RUM! Hosted here at  Rum is such a widely ranged spirits, from light and lovely to dark and delectable, even occasionally  downright nasty (I do so need a bottle of Screech).  In the spirit or the spirit, I would like to see a wide range of posts!  A known cocktail’s a lovely thing, but why not hold a rum tasting of your own?  Perhaps a rum review post focusing on a particular Island or Country.  Find a specialty Rum Bar in your area and host a chat with the mixologists there.  Grab a bottle at your local liquor store that you’ve never noticed before, and whip up a new concoction to wow the rum-soaked masses.  Have fun, be creative, but most of all enjoy, and get your submissions with a thumbnail to me via e-mail with a link to the article!  I can be reached at tradertiki AT tradertiki DOT com.

Oh, and regarding MxMo posts, there will be some time in getting a new icon, as the contest has yet to be decided.  So no worries for now!

Good evening, and good drinking!

April Tiki Tuesday Menu

Posted by TraderTiki on April 22nd, 2008 — Posted in Bilge, Teardrop Tiki Menu


Here are the drinks for this month’s Tiki Tuesday at Teardrop Lounge menu.  Hope to see you tonight!

Coronado Luau Special
From the new defunct Luau Room at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, CA. It’s a sweet combination of Citrus, Orgeat, Dark and Light Rums, and Brandy.

Lei Lani Volcano

This drink hails from Disney’s Polynesian Village resort. A balanced sweet and sour combination of Guava, Lime, Coconut Rum and Pineapple juice is no Mickey Mouse cocktail.

Mai Tai
Trader Vic’s most famous creation, and easily the most recognized tiki drink in the world. This combination of aged Rum, Lime, Curacao and Orgeat put Trader Vic’s on the map.

Nui Nui
Don the Beachcomber’s spicy classic, with Aged Rum, Orange and Lime juices, and Don’s Spices #2, a secret only recently unearthed by Jeff “BeachBum” Berry.

Penang Afrididi #1
One of Don the Beachcomber’s earliest drinks, but made most famous at his Colonel’s Steakhouse at the International Marketplace in Hawaii. The delicate rums, and citrus create a backdrop for the Pineapple and Pastis to mingle in some amazing ways.

QB Cooler
Don’s devoted tribute to the QB flight squadron from World War I. It’s a mixture of citrus and aged rums, with Don’s signature bitters and pastis combination. Rumor has it that this was the drink that Trader Vic was trying to recreate when developing his Mai Tai.

Trader Vic’s tangy mix of Orange, Lemon, Rum, Brandy and Orgeat. This drink is most famous as a bowl for four, but works quite well when served for one.

Suffering Bastard
From the Sheperd’s Hotel in Cairo, where a “poor, suffering barsteward” would put this together for the British officers who frequented the establishment. It’s a tart and rich combination of Gin, Bourbon, Lime and Teardrop Lounge’s own Ginger Beer.

Test Pilot
Don the Beachcomber’s classic combination of Rum, Lime, and Falernum, with a 1-2 punch of Pastis and Bitters.

Trader Vic’s Navy Grog

Vic’s version of Donn’s classic, with a mixture of aged rums, lime, grapefruit, and allspice. A lot of depth and spice in this one.

A tart and refreshing mix of light and dark rums, citrus, and orange liqueur, named for the now defunct Waikikian hotel in Waikiki.

The most infamous of all Don the Beachcomber’s creations, any more than two and you’ll be joining the living dead with this combination of tropical juices, passion fruit, and plenty of dark and light rum.

MxMo XXVI: Fruit Liqueur

Posted by TraderTiki on April 13th, 2008 — Posted in Brandy, MxMo, Trader Vic

MxMo round… twelve hundred at this point? No, just 26.  This time hosted by Anna at Morsels and Musings, an Australia-based Cuisine blog.  The theme this go-round is Fruit Liqueurs, which opens a helluva lot of doors and makes the cocktailians mind boggle with possibilities.

A lot of options are available with this round, and I chose to go a path I’m both ecstatic and not so pleased with.  I am ecstatic because I get to cover a favorite topic of mine, mainly, old-timey drinks.  I am not so pleased because, well, I feel I cheated a bit on the liqueur portion of it, seeing as Calvados isn’t technically a liqueur.  Well, I put my conscience at ease by exchanging the lemon juice for house-made Limoncello, which makes for one hell of a kick.

Daisies are one of those old-timey drink categories we don’t see much of on modern cocktail menus (though if you do, please let me know).  Imbibe! has a great description of the drink, even categorizing it into old-school (orange cordial) and new-school (grenadine).  Trader Vic’s early-edition bartender’s guide seems to streamline the daisy, from the early 1900s half-lime, half-lemon, powdered sugar and grenadine, to just the lemon juice and grenadine, which makes for a very tart drink.  I tried a bit of an experiment using Bundaberg Ginger Beer, and it worked fine and dandy for a damned delicious Daisy.


Star-Eyed Daisy (adapted from Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide)

  • 2 oz. Calvados
  • 1 tsp. Grenadine
  • 1/2 oz. Limoncello

Shake with cracked ice and strain into double-cocktail glass or old-fashioned. Top with Ginger Beer or tonic water and serve.

A bit tart, a bit sweet, and entirely refreshing.  My wife describe it as spicy apple-juice.  I think you’ll describe it as a great summer drink.

Next MxMo is going to be hosted right here!  The topic is… RUM!  I’ll put more details into a future post.  See you then!

10 cane 10k

Posted by TraderTiki on April 13th, 2008 — Posted in Bilge

Just a note to all Portland, OR area locals.

10 cane 10 k

10 Cane Rum is going to be sponsoring a 10 kilometer (about 6.2 miles) run on June 8, 2008.

Registration is $30, and includes a t-shirt, food, and of course, 10 cane rum.

More info can be found at Split Dine and Drink, and Portland-Oregon  Online Registration is available at