MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG 8 – Blue Reef

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More blue drinks?

I thought it was enough with the two i made last time but Grog Log is calling for yet another one so i have to obey;-)

The Blue Reef is the second drink on the same page as Blue Hawaii in the Log. Its the Bum`s take on the Blue Hawaii where fresh lime juice replaces the pineapple juice and rum replaces vodka. Instead of sweet & sour there`s Galliano. I think that sounds quite promising. We`ve had the original Blue Hawaii with vodka and a twist with gin, now comes the turn for rum.

BLUE REEF

1.5 oz fresh lime juice

1.5 oz Blue Curacao

0.5 oz Galliano

2 oz light Puerto Rican rum

Shake well with ice cubes and strain into medium snifter filled with crushed ice.

Its like looking into a blue swimming pool..its not a boozy drink but the rum gives it flavor. So if you don`t like your drink too boozy then this is perfect.

I think we stay with rum today.

To twist this one i think we need another type of rum and i went for an agricole blanc which i figured would give the flavor a different dimension with its grassy notes.

The agricole i used is from Guyana and is called “La Belle Cabresse”. The Guyanese agricoles are a bit different from those from Martinique – its simply different terroir and the flavor of this one has a slight rawness to it that i like. For this drink any rhum agricole blanc (or vieux too) would do of course.

For sweetener i made a honey-mix (equal parts liquid honey and water) Instead of Galliano i used Navan which is a vanilla liqueur made with natural vanilla beans from Madagascar.

And then i replaced the blue curacao with green charteuse.

HONU HONU

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0.5 oz fresh lime juice

0.75 oz green chartreuse

0.5 oz Navan

2 oz rhum agricole blanc

0.5-1 oz honey-mix

Shake it up with ice and serve in a glass with crushed ice.

I like this one better..the other one tastes too touristy i think. And now we leave the blue drinks for this time…and i would lie if i didn`t say i`m happy for that..;-) i think i`m more into brown drinks. I`m definetily more into boozier drinks.

MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG 5 – Beachcomber´s Punch

The next drink from Grog Log is also a Beachcomber concoction named Beachcomber´s Punch. At first sight the recipe looks pleasant and uncomplicated and that`s exactly how i find this tiki drink. It contains my favorite rum which is demerara and just little pernod as well to give some dimension to this concoction.

Don the Beachcomber created this one circa 1937 according to Grog Log. The Angostura/Pernod combo was the Beachcomber`s “secret” ingredient when he used dark rum as the base. But it should be mentioned that back then he used Herbsaint. Now when the original Herbsaint is re-created i would choose it if i could. I`ll definetily try to get me a bottle later.

This is a sort of foolproof classic Beachcomber tiki drink, its very easy to make.

So here we go:

BEACHCOMBER´S PUNCH

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0.5 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz grapefruit juice (yellow)

0.5 oz apricot brandy

0.5 oz simple syrup

Dash Angostura bitters

1/8 tsp pernod

1.5 oz demerara rum

All this to blend with 6 ounces of crushed ice and no more than 5 sec. That`s important unless you are a fan of slushy drinks.. Pour into a 10 ounce pilsener glass. Add more crushed ice to fill and garnish with a sprig of mint. I also added an orchid,

Simple enough – and tasty. Contrary to how i found the previous cocktail this one is tasty and kind to you. Actually it should have had a kick of something, a float of high proof demerara maybe? its a bit too kind..

It does require a twist that is different enough so we can have some fun.

I decided first to switch the apricot brandy for Cherry Heering and take down the ratio to 1/4 oz as too much Cherry Heering isn`t desired. Then i switched the Pernod for a few dashes of Peychauds and finally i added that float of high proof demerara i was talking about..Now we be jazzin`…

A lack of better imagination from a tired brain in the middle of a friday night i just came up with this name, so it will have to do.

TIKI QUEEN PUNCH

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0.5 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz grapefruit juice (yellow)

1/4 oz Cherry Heering

1/4 oz simple syrup

1/4 Trader Tiki`s vanilla syrup (or other)

2-3 dashes Peychaud`s bitters

1.5 oz demerara rum

0.5 oz float overproof demerara rum

All this to blend with 6 ounces of crushed ice and no more than 5 sec. Then i garnished with one of those red nice swizzle sticks that came with Trader Tiki`s all syrups and a sprig of mint.

This one i like much more, it has more punch and i like Cherry Heering as long as its not allowed to overpower the drink. The little touch of Trader Tiki`s yummy vanilla syrup was also pleasant. If you can`t get Trader Tiki`s yummy vanilla its easy to make your own. But i can tell you that Trader Tiki`s vanilla has a lot of flavor, and that is flavor that is all natural.

Don`t think that i`m just trying to promote a friend now, he has no problems doing that all by himself but i really do like his syrups and they are very professionally made and has that little extra something that many other syrups lack.

Next drink up from Grog Log in a while will be something called Blackbeard`s Ghost, soon to come.

This series called Mixing through Grog Log is inspired by my fellow boozeblogger Erik`s “Stomping through the Savoy” over at Underhill Lounge.

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LOOKOUT ALL TIKI FRIENDS – BEACHBUM BERRY`S REMIXED IS SOON OUT!

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In case you already didn´t know..Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is soon having his new book BeachBum Berry Remixed released!

Remember Grog Log and Intoxica? well now these two ground-breaking books on forgotten tiki drinks are revised and updated with expanded drink history and lore, incorporating newly discovered information about the origins of the Mai Tai, Zombie, Suffering bastard, and other legendary Tiki mysteries.

And that`s not all my friends, he is also giving us 22 new original Tiki drink recipes made by himself plus 40 newly discovered, previously unpublished vintage Tiki drink recipes from the 1930s-1960s. Well if that ain´t a real treasure chest for us to dig into then i don´t know the meaning of that word.

Beachbum Berry Remixed, is a completely revised and updated anthology of the Grog Log and Intoxica!

And there is more – what about: 38 of the best new recipes from today’s Tiki revival, gathered especially for Remixed from the world’s top mixologists and cocktail writers? – now i`m thirsty..and there´s also gonna be full-color vintage Tiki illustrations and original drink photography as well as a thoroughly updated drink ingredient glossary with new product recommendations. Can it get better?

So there you have it! all we now need to do is just wait for this wonderful book to be available for purchase which is going to happen in November 2009 from Club Tiki Press,an imprint of SLG Publishing and you can also pre-order from Amazon.com.

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And here`s what the Bum has to say:

It’s coming out in late November. It’s a compendium of the Grog Log and Intoxica!,completely revised, updated, and expanded, with 107 new recipes — some are new contemporary exotic drinks from around the world, while others are newly discovered vintage exotic recipes.

The title is Beachbum Berry Remixed.  It will be in full color, with lots of new and vintage drink photos.  It’s been 10 years since the Log, and so much has happened since then — including the cocktail renaissance and the cocktail blogosphere — that the books were sorely in need of a makeover!

Much of this new info has to do with the tangled history of the Mai Tai.  In the same way that Sippin’ Safari devoted a whole chapter to the Zombie, Remixed spends 5 pages sorting out the various claims of authorship by Trader Vic, Don The Beachcomber, and Harry Owens.

Mahalo!

Jeff

Isn´t this great news folks? i know most of you tikifolks as well as myself have known this for a while but hey, this is such a great book that i happily blow the horn;-)

And let`s face it – The Bums books are priceless – and to the Bum i just wanna say – mahalo..