Locally infamous!

Posted by TraderTiki on December 11th, 2008 — Posted in Bilge, In Other News, Places

Just a fun bit of bilge, Reynolés Galley was featured in the most recent On The Rocks column in the Portland Tribune.  I’m going to have to go hit the store for a physical copy… to send to me mum, of course.

Portland Tribune 12 11 2008

On the rocks: The bar’s where you are

Trader Tiki’s Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by TraderTiki on December 9th, 2008 — Posted in Bilge, Tools

With the upcoming gift giving season, I thought I’d throw out this little gift guide.  Consider this your shopping list for the Tikiphile or Mixologist in your life.  Hell, just give yourself a little something this hoilday season, you deserve it.  The following items are tried and true, tested, touched and tamed and approved by me personally.

Waring Pro Ice Crusher

Waring Ice Crusher Pro

Coming in around $80, this sucker’s just the right thing for throwing a tiki-drink party or two.  Not great for the day to day one round evenings, but this sucker saves hours and a few wrists before full-fledged events.  We used this at Teardrop for a few Tiki Tuesdays, so it can take whatever abuse you’ve got for it.

Clément XO

Rhum Clément XO

Possibly the best high-end Rhum I’ve ever had.  Coming in around $150, this would be a gift for someone REALLY special in your life, and hopefully someone with a strong inclination for sharing.  Seriously, liquid gold.

St Elizabeth Allspice Dram

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

One of the most useful substances known to bartenders, this Allspice Dram carries plenty of funk and a lot of allspice punch to whatever it touches.  One quarter ounce goes a long way, so it’s the gift that will keep on giving.  Used in classics, classic tiki cocktails, and even a few new drinks, this is definitely one for everyone’s liquor cabinet.  Priced around $30.

Orange Bitters Collection

Orange Bitters Collection

Love a Martini, but not sure that Regan’s is the right Orange Bitters for you?  This collection gives you a thorough sampling of Orange Bitters currently on the market.  Angostura just came out with their product earlier this year, and it’s already quite the sensation.  Sells for $21.95 through Kegworks.com.

Ypsilon Cocktail Glasses

Anchor Hocking Ypsilon Acqua

Used by the fine folks at Teardrop, the improvements over the traditional cocktail glass are VAST.  Let me tell you, when carrying a big tray of glasses, this is a drastic improvement over the easily spillable traditional cocktail glass.  Doesn’t look that great with a rim, but they’re quite durable.  They’re priced anywhere from $72 to $130, depending on where you go.  Best to find them at a local restaurant supplier.

Trader Vics Mai Tai Glasses

Trader Vic’s Glassware

I’ll have to admit, these are not the sturdiest pieces of glassware, and they’re a bit pricey, but damned if they don’t add a touch of the debonair to any drink that fills them.  A Mai Tai just don’t look right without one.  Don’t forget to enter “MaiTai” at checkout for a 10% discount.

Barkcloth Shirt

Vintage Barkcloth shirt

My closet is filled with these suckers, and I don’t mind sharing the look.  Originally developed to imitate Tapa, barkcloth is a sturdy material with a unique woven texture.  You’ll usually find these in your local mid-century modern store, or vintage clothing store.  Goodwill or Salvation army can be a tough find, though there’s always a large selection of SOME kind of Hawaiian shirt there.  The bonus feature on these shirts?  Shiny gold buttons.  Dig it!

Bon Vivants Companion

Bon Vivant’s Companion from MudPuddle Books

Someone somewhere at sometime ago decided he could just reprint some out of copyright material off of PDFs from google books, rewrap it in plastic and make a mint.  These are not they. The classic cocktail book selection from MudPuddle Books are extreme quality reproductions, down to the typeface, binding, and cover.  Reading these online is fine, holding a real quality reproduction in your hand can be down-right breathtaking.

Fugu, by Munktiki

Fugu Sipper from Munktiki

Strong ceramic, lovely coloring, and a bit of whimsy.  These are what I’ve come to expect from Munktiki over the years.  These Fugu Sippers are the perfect addition to a mug collection, or way to start a new one.  Besides, how else are you going to hold your Fugu for Two?

Well, there’s what I’d get for myself if I didn’t already have most of the stuff above already. If none of these are quite floating your boat, you can always check out the Forbidden Island 2008 gift guide, the Tiki Talk Holiday Gift Guide, and of course, interesting reads on the Library page.

Announcing the new Tommy O’s Cocktail menu

Posted by TraderTiki on December 3rd, 2008 — Posted in Bilge, Events

if you haven’t noticed, it’s been a bit quieter around these parts lately.  Nothing but the internet version of tumbleweeds rolling across the screen.  Well, my apologies for that, it’s been quite a bit busy here at Trader Tiki headquarters.  So I’m sure you’re wondering, in your dreams and during the day, just WHAT have I been up to? (and seriously, if you’ve had any Trader Tiki related dreams, don’t blame me, blame the Rum!)

Lately, I’ve been working on a cocktail consulting project, where I was able to assist my friend David with menu and ingredient development for a new restaurant location.  After many weeks of work, today, I’m beyond pleased to announce the Grand Opening of Tommy O’s in Camas, WA on Friday, December 5th!

If you’ve ever been to Tommy O’s in downtown Vancouver, you know the quality of the food and service to be barnone.   The cocktail menu though, maybe not so much.  The drinks were decent, but a bit behind the times.  Well, times have changed, and the cocktail menu for the Camas restaurant is now robust with cocktail classics, and bold new drinks, and a few seasonal delights.  Beyond the standard cocktail menu, the bar staff is armed with 30 classic and modern drinks to please any palate.  If you thought that was enough, the bartenders are also being trained in classic technique, stirring and shaking and jiggering, taught by one of the best bartenders I know, David Shenaut of Teardrop Lounge.

Here’s a look at the new cocktail menu.

Rum, Lime, and Gomme Syrup

Kokio Blossom
Vodka, St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, Lemon and Egg White, garnished with a Housemade Hibiscus Tincture

Liliko’i Margarita
Tequila, Chambord, Passion Fruit, Freshly made sour mix, and a Li Hing Mui rim

Macadamia Manhattan
Rye, Sweet Vermouth, and Housemade Macadamia Bitters

Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters, garnished with Lemon Zest

Old Wood
Dry Fly Gin, Chartreuse, Sweet Vermouth and Campari.  Misted with a Flamed Housemade Old Wood bitters

Spice Tonic
A Housemade Tonic made for winter weather, served with your choice of base spirit.

Tommy O’s Mai Tai
A blend of aged rums, Lime, Curacao, Orgeat, and Falernum.

Hot Buttered Rum
Cider, Rum, and Housemade Hot Buttered Rum Batter

Lime, Lemon, Pineapple, Passionfruit, Bitters, and a blend of three aged rums.

You may be able to point out a few particular points of influence I had there.  Yes, the Mai Tai is branded.  Changing the name of a classic to suit a recipe tweak is fine by me.  Feel absolutely free to order it Trader Vic style.

The new Tommy O’s is located in Camas, Washington, at SE 34th and SE 192nd.  Hope to see you there sometime!

Trader Vic’s Online store discount

Posted by TraderTiki on December 2nd, 2008 — Posted in Bilge, In Other News, Trader Vic

For those of you looking for a few gifts for the Tikiphile in your life (even if it’s just yourself), Trader Vic’s Online Store is now offering $10.00 off Orders $50.00 or more (excluding shipping).  Just enter promo code “MaiTai” at checkout.

I’m not too hip on the drink mixes anymore, but the spices and condiment offerings are always great.  What I really like (and have around a dozen of) are the Trader Vic Mai Tai Glasses.  They’re 15 oz. biggies, and you’ll see them all over my site here.  Sadly, two have already made their way with Trader Vic, but the survivors live on to hold my Mai Tais, Aku Akus, and Navy Grogs.

And of course, if you’re looking for a gift for your favorite internet Tiki Aficianado (*A-hem*), a set of Tiki Cufflinks or a Rum Barrel or two could get you free admission for life to the Galley, all the Nui Nuis you can suck down.

Imbiber’s 100

Posted by TraderTiki on November 14th, 2008 — Posted in Bilge, Drinks, Site

From Darcy’s site, you can check out his take on the Imbiber’s 100, a list of drinks to “try before ye perish”.


1) Copy this list into your blog, with instructions.
2) Bold all the drinks you’ve imbibed.
3) Cross out any items that you won’t touch
4) Post a comment here and  link to your results.


If you don’t have a blog, just count the ones you’ve tried and post the number in the comments section.

List of Drinks You Must Try Before You Expire

  1. Manhattan Cocktail
  2. Kopi Luwak (Weasle Coffee)
  3. French / Swiss Absinthe
  4. Rootbeer
  5. Gin Martini
  6. Sauternes
  7. Whole Milk
  8. Tequila (100% Agave)
  9. XO Cognac
  10. Espresso
  11. Spring Water (directly from the spring)
  12. Gin & Tonic
  13. Mead
  14. Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap) Trappist Ale
  15. Chateau d’Yquem
  16. Budwieser
  17. Maraschino Liqueur
  18. Mojito
  19. Orgeat
  20. Grand Marnier
  21. Mai Tai (original)
  22. Ice Wine (Canadian)
  23. Red Bull
  24. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  25. Bubble Tea
  26. Tokaj
  27. Chicory
  28. Islay Scotch
  29. Pusser’s Navy Rum
  30. Fernet Branca
  31. Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
  32. Bourbon
  33. Australian Shiraz
  34. Buckley’s Cough Syrup
  35. Orange Bitters
  36. Margarita (classic recipe)
  37. Molasses & Milk
  38. Chimay Blue
  39. Wine of Pines
  40. Green Tea
  41. Daiginjo Sake
  42. Chai Tea
  43. Vodka (chilled, straight)
  44. Coca-Cola
  45. Zombie (Beachcomber recipe)
  46. Barley Wine
  47. Brewed Choclate (Xocolatl)
  48. Pisco Sour
  49. Lemonade
  50. Speyside Single Malt
  51. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
  52. Champagne (Vintage)
  53. Rosé (French)
  54. Bellini
  55. Caipirinha
  56. White Zinfandel (Blush)
  57. Coconut Water
  58. Cerveza
  59. Cafe au Lait
  60. Ice Tea
  61. Pedro Ximenez Sherry
  62. Vintage Port
  63. Hot Chocolate
  64. German Riesling
  65. Piña Colada
  66. El Dorado 15 Year Rum
  67. Chartreuse
  68. Greek Wine
  69. Negroni
  70. Jägermeister
  71. Chicha
  72. Guiness
  73. Rhum Agricole
  74. Palm Wine
  75. Soju
  76. Ceylon Tea (High Grown)
  77. Belgian Lambic
  78. Mongolian Airag
  79. Doogh, Lassi or Ayran
  80. Sugarcane Juice
  81. Ramos Gin Fizz
  82. Singapore Sling
  83. Mint Julep
  84. Old Fashioned
  85. Perique
  86. Jenever (Holland Gin)
  87. Chocolate Milkshake
  88. Traditional Italian Barolo
  89. Pulque
  90. Natural Sparkling Water
  91. Cuban Rum
  92. Asti Spumante
  93. Irish Whiskey
  94. Château Margaux
  95. Two Buck Chuck
  96. Screech
  97. Akvavit
  98. Rye Whisky
  99. German Weissbier
  100. Daiquiri (classic)

Hmm, 74 out of 100 aint shabby.  As for those I haven’t tried, well, suppose I haven’t sought them out.  Funny that I’m up on the liquors, not so much on the wine.  I have my reasons.  Actually looking back on the list, there are a few things I’m pretty sure I have had, but need to try again, because apparently they just weren’t memorable enough.  If you’re wondering what the hell some of these things are, go ask Darcy.  He’s like a very polite drinks-specializing google.

Looks like Scofflaw’s Den, Stevi and Sam Harrigan are already in on the action.  Looks like Marshall Stevi and I are about neck and neck.  This will have to change.