Samoan Typhoon

Here´s a strong and spicy rum drink from Sippin´Safari, it was created at the Hawaiian Village motel and restaurant in Tampa in 1969 by chef Joe King Sui in true tiki style and ambiance back in the golden tiki days.

The drink is a mix of dark or aged Puerto Rican and Myers rums,vodka, pineapple, orange and and lime juices, passionfruit syrup and honey and blended with crushed ice.

I have changed it up a little bit though since i don`t have the exact rums, so i used Smith and Cross and Appleton Extra and a homemade vanilla flavored vodka and then all fresh juices.

It turned out a strong and spicy drink…

Then i made a variation of it and changed the Appleton for an aged rhum agricole and the vodka for a white rum, then switched orange juice for fresh grapefruit juice and added a dash of angostura bitters.

Turned out tasty as well.


0.75 oz fresh lime

1 oz unsweetened pineapple juice

1 oz fresh orange juice

0.5 oz liquid honey

0.25 oz sugarcane syrup

0.25 oz passionfruit syrup

2 oz Appleton Extra dark Jamaican rum

0.5 oz  Smith and Cross strong dark Jamaican rum

0.75 oz vanilla flavored vodka (natural homemade with tahitian beans)

2 cups crushed ice

Dissolve honey in lime juice and place in a blender with all other ingredients and blend for 30 seconds. Pour in a tiki mug or tall glass and fill up with more crushed ice.

Garnish with pineapple leaves or slice and if you wish maraschino cherry.


0.75 oz fresh lime

1 oz unsweetened pineapple juice

1 oz fresh grapefruit juice (yellow)

0.5 oz liquid honey

0.25 oz sugarcane syrup

0.25 oz passionfruit syrup

2 oz aged rhum agricole ( i used Clemént VSOP)

0.5 oz  Smith and Cross strong dark Jamaican rum

0.75 oz white rum ( i used Denizen rum)

Dash Angostura bitters

2 cups crushed ice

Proceed as with the first drink and serve in a rum barrel tiki mug. Garnish with pineapple wedge and fresh mint.


Sugarcane bar


Bad Dog Bar Craft Cocktail Bitters

I love cocktail bitters! these little drops that can change a cocktail and take it to a different level, the salt and pepper of the drink!

I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel from Bad Dog Bar Craft at this year´s Tales and he handed me two bottles of bitters to try out – the “Fire and Damnation” and “Sarsaparilla Dry”. The first name tells us there´s some heat in it…

Bad Dog Bar Craft are located in Austin, Texas and makes small batch handcrafted cocktail bitters.

Fire and Damnation

This bitter is the Bad Dog`s take on a historical recipe found in “The Gentlemen’s Companion” by Charles Baker Jr in 1939.

It contains habanero extract, black tea, subtle smoke, green vegetal pepper and molasses.

I was plesantly surprised though at the fresh habanero taste….and then you get hit by smoke…

Anyone who eats habanero and it`s close cousin scotch bonnet knows these chilies does have a very fresh fruitiness that is almost intoxicating and very addictive…i just love that flavor.

Habanero is a very hot chile and these bitters are hot, here´s enough with one drop or two and it adds a new dimension to classical drinks and of course goes just perfect with tequila.

Sarsaparilla Dry

This one is woody and “rooty” or – old fashioned root beer flavor but bitter and dry. Flavor components in it are root beer, herbal tannins and sarsaparilla.

Suggested Use: Work beautifully in stirred drinks and pairs well with sweet Italian vermouth, armagnac, whiskey, gin, dark rum.

Volcanic Daiquiri

2 oz white rum ( i would recommend Plantation 3 Stars or Denizen rum)

0.75 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz sugarcane syrup

2 dash Fire and Damnation bitters

The daiquiri is as you know if you read this blog one of my absolute favorite cocktails and i have lost count on how many variations i`ve made and this is one more – with a hot bite!

The hint of habanero in this cocktail…so goood…

Blood, Sand and Fire

1.25 oz Tequila reposado
3/4 oz Cherry Brandy (Cherry Heering)
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz Orange Juice
1 dash Fire and Damnation bitters

Shake together ina shaker with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe and add a float of tequila at the top.

Oh how i love the Blood and Sand cocktail…and this spicy version takes it to another level!

Spiced Winchester

1 oz Haymen’s Old Tom gin
1 oz Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength gin
1 oz Tanqueray dry gin
¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz grapefruit juice
¾ oz St. Germain
½ oz grenadine
¼ oz ginger syrup
1 healthy dash Sarsaparilla Dry bitters
Shake with ice and strain in to a crushed-ice filled Tiki mug.

The Winchester is a tiki drink with 3 different gins and was created by Brian Miller and named after Angus Winchester.

The only change in the recipe is that the heavy dose of angostura bitters is replaced with sarsaparilla bitters.

You can get more info on Bad Dog Bar Craft and where to find the bitters here.

Rhum Arrangè

The term “rhum arrangè” means “arranged rums” – or rather – flavored.

Rhum arrangé comes from the islands of la Rèunion, Mauritius and nearby Madagascar as well as the french islands in the Caribbean.

It`s house or home made rums flavored with fruits, roots and spices that are macerated for a minimum of 1 month – but it´s actually recommended to let it macerate for 6 months or even longer in many recipes.

There`s a restaurant calld Le Saint-Bernard on La Rèunion (article in french) carrying 400 different rhums arrangées and there´s  actually some rhums being macerated as long as 3-4 years!

And here`s a video from the same place:

So it´s not the same thing as spiced rums which are made with spices and roots and not macerated as long as these. And there is no end to what things are put into those bottles to “arrange” the rums…in the first video there was even a jar with a snake and in the second video another with something that looks like sea urchins…but when i look at pictures of rhum arrangè with fruits and spices – it all look so delicious…

Also if you notice there´s two different ways of macerating seen in both videos, one is the traditional common way of submerging the fruits and spices into the rum. Then there´s another where you hang the fruits (usually citrus fruits) as they are or with things inserted into the fruits – like coffee beans and hung above the liquid.

The idea is that the aromatics and oils are derived from the citrus and spices without any bitterness from the pith and that´s the reason this method is usually used for citrus fruits.

Here`s a link to a case study with limoncello.

This method is called D.S.M – or Delicious Scientific Magic!!

DSM – or diffusion – The alcohol, exerting a vapor pressure, will diffuse into the lemons saturating the lemon, thus the loss of alcohol in a closed system.

In turn, the lemon oil will also exert a vapor pressure; the lemon smell you get when you cut the skin. It will diffuse out of the lemon and saturate the alcohol. I find this very interesting and fascinating and i have yet to try it.

Right now i have a traditional rhum arrangè going with tahitian vanilla, it has been macerating 3 weeks, here´s how the color changed for each week:

So what you do to male rhum arrang̬ vanille is to split 5-8 vanilla beans in two and add to the bottle of rum and then add some sugar or simple syrup, i took a tbsp of brown sugar. Then leave to macerate at least 6 months Рor up to a year to bring out the whole flavor.

When you have got the flavor you want in your rum you remove whatever you did put in the bottle otherwise it will keep changing the flavor.

Below is a picture of a ginger flavored rum or rhum arrangè gingembre made by my friend Benoit Bail who operates “Boutey” – which is from the the french crèole word “boutèy” – which is none other than the french word “bouteille” – bottle.

He makes all kinds of rhum arrangees and the top picture plus this one of the ginger rum are courtesy of Benoit. You can visit his page on facebook here.

On the island of La Rèunion there´s a tradition of using the leaves from a regulated wild orchid – Jumellea fragrans, called Faham in rhum arrangé for it´s special flavor which is described as “strange and unforgettable” – hm…that sounds interesting i think..

This orchid is indigenous to the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean, in particular La Réunion. Although it appears to be a protected species, live specimens are occasionally sold in local markets, but usually it´s sold dried in a small packets together with other local herbs and spices, such as cinnamon leaf, cloves, tonka beans etc

You can get the dried faham leaves online and one source is right here where you can find various things for your rhum arrangè.

I have made a few bottles of rhum arrangè over the years and my favorite has always been vanilla and pineapple but there`s some very exotic recipes to try out as well and i tried one long ago. The recipe for it plus the cocktail i made i will re-post now, it´s rum flavored with combava or kaffir lime peel and vanilla.

The word combava is another name for the kaffir lime on la Reunion and combava is used in the creole cuisine on those islands.


1 liter of white rum (traditionally Rhum Charette) or rhum agricole

Grated zest of one combava/kaffir lime

1 vanilla bean, split in two

150g raw cane sugar

Mix and infuse the rum for at least 2 months.

I don`t have Rhum Charette so i took some of my agricole rum from Guyana, La Belle Cabresse which is a very good and interesting rhum agricole and it does have a slightly different flavor than the agricoles from Martinique.

To make the Punch Combava when the rum is ready is simple:

Shake some of this infused rum with ice and serve in a chilled glass with mint and grated coconut rim and ice. I wanted to add some juice to my punch so i added passionfruit juice.

As i didnt have any mint i used only grated coconut on the rim. So the recipe looks like this:


2 oz rhum combava

2 oz passionfruit juice

0.5 oz sugarcane syrup

Shake and serve over cracked ice, rim the glass with grated coconut.

Top with some sprinkled nutmeg.

One of this life`s great pleasures is to taste new rums, and new rums always finds their way into the glasses of the true appreciators.