Tennessiki

Tiki drinks have made a huge comeback in the world of cocktails, and you won't hear any complaints from us! What's not to love about fruity, fun drinks with exotic ingredients? Not to mention all of the cool, kitschy glassware and garnishes that come along with tiki! While some people may think that tiki drinks are all sweet, sugary concoctions that your too-tan aunt Linda drank by the pool, that actually couldn't be further from the truth. While little paper umbrellas and bright red cherry garnishes might appear from time to time, tiki drinks are most often crafted from tart, even bitter ingredients that highlight the small amount of sweet fruit included in the cocktail.

Of course, when one thinks tiki, they probably think rum. Tiki can be made with just about any spirit you want to include. There are very few rules to tiki; it is a state of mind more than anything! Of course our spin on tiki had to include a Tennessee element, so we thought why not use a little Tennessee whiskey instead of rum for that southern flair. Because fruit complements whiskey so well, tiki seemed only natural! Most of the fruit we use in this drink is tart, with only a little bit of sweet nuttiness coming from the amaretto. Although we may not be drinking this on a tropical island somewhere, this cocktail makes any day a day at the beach!

You could choose to make this as a shaken drink, but we opted to blend it up instead. Either way, it's a refreshing whiskey cocktail!

equipment:

blender
tiki glass

ingredients:

2 oz Clayton James Tennessee Whiskey
.5 oz amaretto liqueur
.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
.5 oz raspberry puree
.5 oz lime juice
1 oz orange juice
.5 oz lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
4-6 oz crushed ice

method:

Add all ingredients into the blend and process until smooth. Pour into glass and garnish with something frilly!

Solbeso Sour

Unlike any spirit you've tried before, Solbeso is not tequila, not vodka, not rum and not moonshine - yet it kinda tastes like a mix of all of them. It's distilled from the fruit of the cacao, yes the same cacao that chocolate comes from, and just recently launched in our market. 

It's unique flavor makes it a blast for making cocktails, and we've been trying it in all kinds of stuff. (It makes a killer margarita)

But we can't help but think about that chocolate history. Even though chocolate is actually made from the seeds of the cacao fruit, something about Solbeso just begs to be paired with the same flavors that compliment chocolate - orange, mint, almond, etc. 

For this one, we're using a touch of amaretto liqueur, a little fresh lemon and lime and just a bit of sugar in the form of simple syrup. Trust us, you'll love it!

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Solbeso
.5 oz Collins Amaretto Liqueur 
.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
.5 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
cherry for garnish


method:

Add everything but the cherry into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cover and shake the shit out of it for 15 seconds. Strain into your rocks glass with fresh ice and drop in the cherry for garnish.