MxMo Guilty Pleasures, the Coconaut

Posted by TraderTiki on October 13th, 2008 — Posted in Drinks, Grog Log, MxMo, Recipes, Rum, Tiki Drinks

Oh Stevi, what have ye done?  What mad Pandora’s box has been opened as the entire cocktail blogosphere confesses their sins as Lemon Drop downing Sour Apple Pucker Fans.  Okay, it hasn’t gotten that bad, but there are a few confessors in this MxMo Guilty Pleasures that I’m on the borderline of giving a comforting hug, a Vieux Carré, and a brief smack upside the head.

Of course, I deserve a bit of a smack up the head myself (okay, an entire reenactment of the Three Stooges career, but anyway), as I’ve got my own niggling demons of self-doubt, as splayed before you below.

Okay, so I’ve been known to arrive at a party or two, here and there, when the need to roam outside of the Galley seizes me. Inevitably, my repayment for the inevitable smashed window or glass is, of course, bringing something for the Tiki-lovin’ tipplers (I keep my friends close, and drunk on Rum). Being the lazy bastard I am though entails bringing something simple, universally delicious, and that can be made without any more effort than I’d be able to put into it after the first few rounds.  My fall back is Jeff Berry’s Coconaut, as published in the Grog Log.



  • 8 oz Coconut Cream
  • 2 oz Lime Juice
  • 7 oz Myers Dark

Fill Blender with Ice and Blend for 20 seconds or until smooth.  Recipe serves 2-4.  Garnish with Lime Shell filled with 151 for a “Flaming Re-entry”

“But Trader Tiki,” as one may ask, “what is so guilty about that?  It’s Tiki, it’s by a noted mixologist, what could cause you such shame?”.  Well, ladies and gentlemen, fasten your monocles for these shocking revelations.

Revelation the first: I *LOVE* Tiki Mugs.  You may not have noticed that I don’t do a helluva lot of pics with tiki mugs.  Part of this is due to my, shall we say, collector’s dire fear of losing them to the concrete floor of the galley forever.  I’ll make excuses about wanting to honor the drink, show color, frost… bah, whatever.  Give me something in ceramic and I’m a happy fellow.  For all the this and thats about it, Tiki mugs have been around for quite some time, and evoke a lot of happy memories for me.  You can actually see a few of my collection over at Ooga Mooga.  There are a few unlisted though, everyone has their own private stash of something.

Revelation the second: Fire Fire Fire!  Set a beverage on fire, chances are you’ll see my eyes light up.  Like so many of the other native urges, it’s just a primal thing.  I do a few fire flicking tricks at home and abroad, and know the pain of not being quick enough with the 151, but it still amazes me when I see a creative new way to set liquid ablaze.

Revelation the third and final: Coconut Cream!  It seems whether a person dislikes coconut, tiki drinks, rum, or anything else I’m generally passionate about, they love anything made with coconut cream, and I’m just as big a goober about it.  It’s the Tiki equivalent of driving a marathon, no complexity or mysterious combinations, just straight up front sugary goodness.

There are a few other things hiding in there… specifically calling for Meyers’ Dark which I once rallied so against, the simplicity of it, the (oh noes!) use of a blender… but no, I fear I can take no more of this confessional.  At least, and I can say this with all truth, I am not a Jimmy Buffet fan.  There, I’ve taken a little bit back there, and feel a bit better.  Here’s to hoping my pride gets back into strength for the next Mixology Monday.  See you then!

FI Contest Winner, Blackstrap Betty

Posted by TraderTiki on October 8th, 2008 — Posted in Drinks, Events, Recipes, Rum, Tiki Drinks

And now, the winner of the Forbidden Island Cocktail Contest, Blackstrap Betty, by TikiWahine!  This drink is on the specials menu at Forbidden Island from now through November!  Cheers to the champion!  This captivating blend of the ultra-smooth Cruzan Single Barrel, with just a dash of Blackstrap makes this a surefire second order.  The Pineapple take the brunt of the flavor, with the rest of the ingredients making the tart, texture, and tasty aspects of the drink.  Well done!

Blackstrap Betty

Blackstrap Betty

  • 1 ½ oz Cruzan Single Barrel
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • ½ oz Cruzan Blackstrap Rum
  • 3 oz Pineapple Juice
  • ¼ oz Koko Cream
  • ¼ oz Licor 43

Blend with crushed ice in pulses for no more than 5 seconds in a blender. Pour into a goblet, and garnish with a Mint Sprig.

Big Congrats to TikiWahine! Head on over to Forbidden Island and enjoy one today.  Or meet up with me and the rest of the kukumongas this Saturday on the Tiki Central Tiki Crawl.  Hope to see you there!

FI Runner Up, Golden Monkey Grog

Posted by TraderTiki on October 6th, 2008 — Posted in Drinks, Events, Recipes, Rum, Tiki Drinks

The third Runner up of the Forbidden Island Cocktail Contest, Golden Monkey Grog, by Patrick Callahan!  This drink is on the menu at Forbidden Island from now through November! A blend of some traditional ingredients, it’s got a lot of spice, and very little burn for all the booze.  The addition of coconut cream gives it a heckuva texture.  Cheers to the runner up!

Golden Monkey Grog

Golden Monkey Grog

  • 2 oz Cruzan Dark rum
  • 1 oz Lemon Hart 151
  • 1 oz Pineapple juice
  • 1 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Coco Lopez
  • 3/4 oz St Elizabeth Dram
  • 1/4 oz Maple Syrup  (grade B)

Blend with crushed ice in pulses for no more than 5 seconds in a blender.  Pour into a Double Rocks glass, and garnish with a swizzle stick.

Maluna Hai, created for TDN

Posted by TraderTiki on September 18th, 2008 — Posted in Drinks, Original Drinks, Recipes, Tiki Drinks

Developed this very evening at the Upstairs bar. Come and join us in the chat!

Maluna Hai

Maluna Hai

  • 1 1/2 El Dorado 12 year (sub Lemon Hart 80)
  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice (1:1 white to red, if available)
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 1/4 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • 1/4 oz Gomme Syrup
  • dash Grand Marnier
  • dash Angostura Bitters

Shake like hell with crushed ice and pour into Goblet.

Make one, shake one, drink one tonight at the Mixoloseum Chat!

Cream Gin Fizz

Posted by TraderTiki on August 9th, 2007 — Posted in Don the Beachcomber, Drinks, Gin, Morning Cocktails, Sippin' Safari

Cream Gin Fizz

Turning through the pages of Sippin’ Safari, what instantly catches my eye but the Cream Gin Fizz!  How wonderful that my obsessions with Breakfast Cocktails and Tiki mix so wonderfully.

So, gathering up my trusty shaker, some ice, and other accoutrements, I set about to the recipe from page 73.

A delightful mix, the all lime really makes it sparkle, and differentiates it from the flowery sweetness of the Ramos Gin Fizz.  The other advantage?  No egg white.

Understand, if someone told me the Zombie was originally mixed with bull’s blood and sheep urine, I’d be in the pasture with a knife and measuring cup.  However, there are some folk out there that find animal ingredients just a bit too “ooky”.  So, while not my choice, I’m always up for whatever the crowd is paying for, and glad to add this non-egg morning fizz to my menu.