Getränkuchen, featuring HW Gingerbread Liqueur

Posted by TraderTiki on October 29th, 2008 — Posted in Drinks, Original Drinks, Recipes, Rum

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade, eh?

What about when life hands you a watery, low on flavor but not sure I’d want to taste it anyway liqueur?  Well, in this case you make a cocktail.  Much like the speakeasy bartenders making Alexanders out of Bathtub Brandy during Prohibition, a bit of creativity was called in to clean up the goop in this bottle.

Thanks a sponsored a little between-the-blogs contest, I received a few bottles of some Holiday themed spirits, namely Hiram Walker GingerBread Spice and Pumpkin Spice liqueurs.  I appreciate the idea, but I have yet to see something on the shelf that gets these right (remember BOLS Pumpkin smash?  uggh).  Sadly, these are no exception.

Now mind you, I appreciate the bottle, and that attempt at this flavor, but nonetheless, I question how this ever got past quality control.  This is a marketing sprung product that feels cheaply flavored and developed, a “mix Neutral Spirit A with Flavoring X and water down until underproof”.  Thank goodness the contest called for the Gingerbread, which is salvageable.  The Pumpkin Spice… well, I’ll wait ’til he’s done posting something, but Craig has got something homemade and to damn-well die for.  Stick with the homemade.

So, like I say, time to make something out of this.  The best thing to do in this case, for my creative palate, anyway, is to just go with it.  The initial thought is to use this as a replacement for Pimento Dram in a Lion’s Tail or something similar, but the flavor is just not present, and gets washed away into the aftertaste rather quickly.  So, I bring in Allspice and Molasses to really bring out the Gingerbread aspects of the liqueur.  The Half and Half makes it a nice creamy rich dessert drink, and the Fee Bitters punch out that clove/cinnamon thing I expect from anything with a holiday flavor.  The rum?  Well, it’s just delicious.  I recommend Cruzan Dark, but Coruba or Goslings could make a very interesting, if not even richer flavor (and probably darker than good tea).

Getränkuchen, featuring Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur

Getränkuchen

  • 1 oz Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur
  • 1 oz Dark Rum
  • 1 oz Half & Half
  • 1 oz Allspice Syrup
  • 1 tsp Molasses
  • 2 dashes Fee Bitters

Shake without Ice for thirty seconds.  Add Ice to the shaker and shake until well-frosted.  Strain into a Coupe, garnished with Spice Drops.

Allspice Syrup

  • 8 oz Water
  • 16 oz Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Allspice Berries
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Allspice

Set water and Allspice in a pot over high heat until boiling.  Add sugar and reduce heat to medium, stir until sugar is dissolved.  Let cool for 30 minutes covered, and strain into jar or bottle.  Makes about 2 cups.


FI Runner Up, Gantt’s Caipirissima

Posted by TraderTiki on October 3rd, 2008 — Posted in Don the Beachcomber, Drinks, Events, Recipes, Rum, Tiki Drinks

The second Runner up of the Forbidden Island Cocktail Contest, Gantt’s Caprissima, by Craig Hermann! This drink is on the menu at Forbidden Island from now through November! This drink is a simple and simply delicious combination, the Grapefruit and Cinnamon combo is truly a Beachcomber classic.  Watch out for the grapefruit though, the thinner the peel the better it’ll be.  Craig also has his own writeup on the drink. Cheers to the runner up!

Gantts Caiprissima

Gantt’s Caiprissima

  • 2 oz Rhum Clement VSOP
  • ¾ oz Cinnamon Syrup (adjust to taste, depending on grapefruit sweetness)
  • ¼ Grapefruit cut into pieces

In a mixing glass, muddle the grapefruit chunks and syrup.  Add rum and crushed ice, shake, and pour the contents into a Double Old Fashioned glass.


FI Runner up, Corpse Canonizer

Posted by TraderTiki on October 2nd, 2008 — Posted in Drinks, Events, Gin, Recipes

This is the first of the four runners up of the Forbidden Island Cocktail Contest, Corpse Canonizer, by Kevin aka Paranoid123! This drink is on the specials menu at Forbidden Island from now through November! This one’s a real lipsmacker.  It starts off spicy, then moves into the florals of the gin and St. Germain. I’m wide awake after this one, and will certainly be back for another. Cheers to the runner up!

Corpse Canonizer


Corpse Canonizer

  • 3/4 oz Martin Miller Westbourne Strength Gin
  • 3/4 oz Orange Curacao
  • 3/4 oz St Germain
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • dash Herbsaint
  • dash Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters


Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with Lemon twist
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Winners of the Forbidden Island Cocktail Contest!

Posted by TraderTiki on September 17th, 2008 — Posted in Drinks, Events, Tiki Drinks

Congratulations to the winner of the Forbidden Island cocktail contest!

Tikiwahine aka Shani from Victoria, Canada, wit her original drink Blackstrap Betty, a combination of Black Strap Rum, fresh lime, pineapple, and a touch of vanilla and coconut.

Way to go Shani!

Runners up, who will be featured on the specials menu are:

Corpse Canonizer by Kevin, aka paranoid123

Gantt’s Caipirissima by Craig (woo Craig!)

Golden Monkey Grog by Patrick Callahan (San Diego)

Mrs. Howell’s Spicy Side by Jen aka JenTiki (Alafuckinmeda, CA)

Look for all of these drinks to debut on the new Forbidden Island drink specials menu, starting September 23rd!