GARRETT`S MAITINI AND PELE´S BREATH

Browsing through Remixed i always stops at the picture of Garrett`s Maitini – it looks so deliscious! i have of course since long been thinking of making it but never got that far until now.

I need to switch out the rum though since i don´t have Bacardi 8. As you can see from the name this drink is based upon the Mai Tai but uses orange and kalamansi juices.

Kalamansi is a citrus fruit from the Phillippines and south east China (Citrus microcarpa) also called kalamondin, which is is a cross between Citrus reticulata (Mandarin orange group) and Fortunella japonica (Kumquat group) and it really has a taste of its own which is a combination of sweet and sour, like a cross between lime and tangerine.

That is due to the fruit meat is sour while the peel is sweet so when making the juice the whole fruit is crushed.

I can`t get the fresh ones here, only bottled and because of that i decided to mix the bottled juice with some fresh lime juice to pimp up the freshness. Kalamansi has such a unique flavor that is cannot be substituted and if you cannot find it, the only thing left is to use fresh lime, preferably key limes.

I laugh at the name “MaiTini” though..the “tini” part that is…but drink names can really be silly. Anyway there´s nothing silly about the drink itself.

Since i didn´t have any Bacardi 8 i decided to try the combo of 1.5 oz Smith & Cross ( my no 1 to-go rum nowadays unless it´s a demerara i need) and 0.5 oz Old New Orleans Cajun Spice plus 0.25 oz overproof Pusser´s.

It turned out good…

GARRETT`S MAITINI

1.5 oz Bacardi 8 rum

0.5 oz orgeat

0.5 oz orange curacao

0.5 oz fresh orange juice

0.5 oz fresh kalamansi lime juice

Dark jamaican rum float

Shake ingredients with ice cubes and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange peel and three of your spent kalamansi lime shells filled with dark jamaican rum. If using an ordinary lime, one spent half shell is enough, the glass gets crowded anyway.

i like this drink, especially now when the summer is on the way. Its a bit on the sour side and very fruitylisciously tasty! exotic, fruity and most important – rummy.

So what to do now for a twist of this? well i took my bottle of Abelha gold aged cachaca to mix with the Smith & Cross and ONO Cajun Spice, grapefruit juice instead of orange and  4 muddled Louisiana community coffee beans.

We´re far away from the Mai Tai now..very far so it´s a new drink, not even a Mai Tai twist anymore.

PELE´S BREATH


1 oz Smith & Cross

0.5 oz aged cachaca

0.5 oz Old New Orleans Cajun Spice rum

0.5 oz orgeat

0.5 oz fresh grapefruit juice (yellow)

0.5 oz fresh kalamansi lime juice

0.5 oz sugarcane syrup

4 Community Coffee beans

Overproof rum float ( to set on fire)

Muddle coffee beans with orgeat and fresh lime. Add rums, aged cachaca, kalamansi and grapefruit juices. Shake hard with ice cubes.

Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh mint and speared cherry. Float a spent lime shell on top of the drink, fill with overproof rum and set alight.

Oh my…this is a nice drink! the very fine and yet robust flavor from the muddled coffee beans from one of the best coffees in the world is exquisite.

Since i first tried Community coffee from New Orleans i never drink anything else (except sometimes – either Jamaican Blue Mountain or Hawaiian Kona coffee), nothing else will do. But if you cannot find Community, Kona or Blue Mountain coffee, make sure to use strongly roasted beans.

I greatly prefer the natural and not overpowering flavor from real coffee beans rather than a coffee liqueur, it really makes a difference.

Together with the grapefruit juice there´s a contrasst that i like a lot and the fresh lime and kalamansi adds that extra zing to it. Then the blend of rums..it´s simply deliscious.

You don´t need to set a lime shell on fire to appreciate this drink, that´s more for the fun of it – it´s fun to sprinkle some cinnamon over the flame to get it going and i have to admit that the burnt demerara adds a slightly smoky touch too..

I guess this is one of my better drinks..what a luck!

DOES CAFFEINE REALLY CAUSE DEHYDRATION? NO!

coffee

The truth is  – it doesn`t – and now we`re going to kill the caffeine dehydration myth once and for all. I`m more than willing to say my word on this topic and here´s why:  Its totally useless that a myth shall abound that prevents people from having a cup of good coffee when they´re hangover when actually it would help. I`m an avid coffee drinker and have been since “i was born”, it hasn`t harmed me at any time. I`m writing now about caffeine and coffee because the misbelief that caffeine causes dehydration during hangovers needs to be corrected. It has been a myth for long and a myth is just that – a myth.

I`m talking about a normal coffee consumption which is what? well, to me its not that much, its about 2 cups a day. To others i`ve heard them say 16 cups is “normal”, well i would say up to 5 cups (which has been scientifically proven) as stated in Darcy`s article about this topic which is also the reason i`m taking it up here. Because as i said, there is no reason in the world that people should not drink coffee when they have a hangover when it would actually help them feel so much better.

Now – if you head over to Darcy`s blog “Art of Drink” you will be enlightened as to why it is that the belief that caffeine causes dehydration during hangovers is so widespread while the truth is just the opposite – that coffee does not cause dehydration during hangovers.

Luckily i rarely get any bad hangovers (unless i`m at the Tales in New Orleans- where i btw had some of the best coffee ever) because i drink moderately – but when it happens i know for sure that coffee really helps.  And coffee is good, it smells good, tastes good, makes you feel good and i believe strongly that a moderate amount of caffeine isn´t bad for you (unless you suffer from ulcer problems for example, but that`s another topic of discussion)

Headache can be caused by a zillion of things but one of the most common is dehydration and that`s why you get a headache in the first place when you`re hangover as alcohol causes dehydration. Caffeine now has the ability to cure that by hydrating you. A healthy amount of caffeine to wake you up and lift your mood – isn`t that exactly what we need the day after?

Further on there has been some serious research done on this topic which you can read about here:

The effect of caffeinated, non-caffeinated, caloric and non-caloric beverages on hydration.
Grandjean AC, Reimers KJ, Bannick KE, Haven MC. The Center for Human Nutrition, Omaha
(Journal of the American College of Nutrition, October 2000)

Conclusion: This preliminary study found no significant differences in the effect of various combinations of beverages on hydration status of healthy adult males. Advising people to disregard caffeinated beverages as part of the daily fluid intake is not substantiated by the results of this study.

Urinary caffeine after coffee consumption and heat dehydration.
Chambaz A, Meirim I, Décombaz J. Nestlé Research Centre, Nestec Ltd, Lausanne, Switzerland.
(International journal of sport Medicine, July 2001)

Conclusion: These results suggest that the rise in circulating caffeine due to delayed metabolic clearance was partly opposed by a sizeable elimination in sweat. Therefore, heat dehydration did not lead to higher concentration of caffeine in urine after coffee ingestion.

Caffeine, body fluid-electrolyte balance, and exercise performance.
Armstrong LE. Departments of Kinesiology, Nutritional Sciences, and Physiology & Neurobiology, University of Connecticut (International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism, June 2002)

Conclusion: The scientific literature suggests that athletes and recreational enthusiasts will not incur detrimental fluid-electrolyte imbalances if they consume coffee beverages in moderation and eat a typical U.S. diet. Sedentary members of the general public should be at less risk than athletes because their fluid losses via sweating are smaller.

Caffeine ingestion and fluid balance: a review.
Maughan RJ, Griffin J. School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
(Journal of human nutrition and dietetics, December 2003)

Conclusion: The most ecologically valid of the published studies offers no support for the suggestion that consumption of caffeine-containing beverages as part of a normal lifestyle leads to fluid loss in excess of the volume ingested or is associated with poor hydration status. Therefore, there would appear to be no clear basis for refraining from caffeine containing drinks in situations where fluid balance might be compromised.

Rehydration with a caffeinated beverage during the nonexercise periods of 3 consecutive days of 2-a-day practices.
Fiala KA, Casa DJ, Roti MW. Department of Kinesiology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut (International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism, August 2004)

Conclusion: In summary, there is little evidence to suggest that the use of beverages containing caffeine during nonexercise might hinder hydration status.

COFFEE AND SPICE

To all of you (and everyone else) who have followed my blog this year, a merry christmas and happy holidays!

Last x-mas I made a post about our Swedish tradition which is to drink a mulled wine we call glogg. This year i`m gonna use glogg again since I saw a new variety which sparked my interest as its using chile and cocoa. I`m gonna use the glogg as a cocktail ingredient instead of the traditional way of drinking it warm with raisins and almonds and use it in these drinks. As living in the land of Glogg i need to try new varietes each year, you can also make your own, there are tons of recipes out there, search for Glögg or Glogg.

But coffee is also incorporated in these drinks, its so good when its stone cold outside.

YUMMY RUMMY PEANUT COCKTAIL

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1 tblsp raw dark sugar (or use syrup)
1 tbsp Castries
1.5 oz dark rum ( i used a demerara)
½ cup hot espresso
1 cup milk, whipped
1 canela stick
pinch of dark cocoa powder

Pour in a glass rum, castries and sugar, stir. Add hot espresso, stir again. Heat up and whip the milk and pour over. Dust the top of the foam with dark cocoa powder. Garnish with a canela stick. (Mexican cinnamon)

CAFFE MOJITO

caffe-mojito

1 lime cut in 8 pieces with ends cut off
1 oz dark rum
1.5 tbsp raw golden brown sugar
5-6 mint leaves and a sprig
1 cup crushed ice
.75 oz espresso
splash chile and cocoa glogg

Prepare the espresso first and cool to roomtemp. Muddle lime, sugar, mint and rum in a double old fashioned glass. Add half the crushed ice. Add the espresso and glogg, add more crushed ice to fill. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Not a traditional x-mas drink at all but i like the idea of using espresso in the mojito and wanted to try it paired with the glogg which added the x-mas touch to it. To sub chile-cocoa glogg if you don`t want to make your own glogg maybe a syrup with chili and cocoa incorporated into a warm fullbodied red wine and then cooled would do? and maybe adding some more spices to it would be good.

May peace be with you all.