Pirate Punch

We love a good Tiki drink. Scratch that. We love a great Tiki drink. 

But what makes a great one? It's a few things really. Obviously, you have to start with good booze. For this one we've used Shellback Rum. It comes in both a silver un-aged version and a tasty spiced rum. For the sake of simplicity, we made this with just the silver rum, but it would be even better with an ounce of each!

The second element you need is fresh fruit juices - and a variety of them ideally. And, finally, you need an element of spice. This can come in the form of a few dashes of bitters, a sprinkle of cinnamon or, in this case, a half ounce of Pimento Dram, an allspice liqueur. 

Because what really makes a good Tiki drink a great one is layers of flavor. Well, that and maybe a creative garnish or two. 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
tiki cup (or any cup, really)

ingredients:

2 oz Shellback Silver Rum
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz pineapple juice
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz pimento dram (allspice liqueur)
2 dashes aromatic bitters
fresh fruit garnish

 

method:

Combine everything but the garnish in a cocktail shaker and shake the living daylights out of it to chill before straining into a glass with crushed ice. Garnish and serve. 

Figgy Pudding Cocktail

People seem to forget just how mixable gin can be in cocktails. It's surprisingly versatile - especially when you think of the different types of gin - London Dry, Plymouth, Genever or Dutch, Old Tom and the new American-Style gins. There's more variation between each brand of gin than perhaps any other spirit category.

One that we've recently discovered thanks to their participation in our January "Holiday Hangover Brunch" 3st of the Month is Edinburgh Gin. Made similar to the Dutch or Genever style, it starts in a Scottish copper pot still before being infused with eight signature Scottish botanicals. 

While this cocktail calls for a few specialty ingredients that you may not have at hand, we encourage you to experiment with what you do have. Don't have grapefruit? Use lemon or orange. Don't have fig preserves? Try orange marmalade or peach jam. Don't have pimento dram on hand? Just add a pinch of ground allspice.

equipment:

cocktail shaker
rocks glass

ingredients:

2 oz Edinburgh Gin
1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
.5 oz Eli Mason Classic Grenadine
.5 oz fig preserves
1 bar spoon pimento dram (allspice liqueur)
orange zest for garnish


method:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice3 and garnish with a strip of orange zest.

Hearthside Cocktail

Close your eyes and imagine snuggling up cozy around the fire. If you're somewhere pretty chilly it probably sounds pretty damn good, right? We think so.

This cocktail takes what might otherwise seem as a limited product and makes it perfect for Thanksgiving and the Holidays... Crown Royal Maple. Believe it or not, it's pretty good. It's is Canadian after all, of course they would have to go and make it taste like maple.

And when you pair that sweetness with complex flavors, it all works in harmony. We did just that by using a few key elements; Apple Jack Brandy, Pimento Dram (allspice liqueur) and Liquid Smoke. Yup, just a few drops, but it worked magic!

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
rocks glass

ingredients:

1.75 oz Crown Royal Maple
1 oz Apple Jack Brandy
1 oz apple cider
.25 oz pimento dram
4 drops liquid smoke
Luxardo Maraschino Cherries for garnish

 

method:

Combine all liquids in an ice-filled shaker and shake the shit out of it. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with cherries. 

Allspice Daiquiri

If you've been following our recipes, you know how we feel about rum and daiquiris - they're so misunderstood. Thanks to cruise ships and shitty chain restaurants, many people think daiquiris are sweet, blended drinks with strawberry, mango or bananas in them. Not. The. Case.

Many think the original Daiquirí was named for a beach near Santiago, Cuba. Although the true origins are disputed, some say that it was an American mining engineer Jennings Cox that created it while he was in Cuba during the time of the Spanish-American War. Originally the drink was served in a tall glass packed with cracked ice. A teaspoon of sugar was poured over the ice and the juice of one or two limes was squeezed over the sugar. Two or three ounces of white rum completed the mixture. Over the years it evolved into cocktail that would be quickly blended or shaken vigorously with shaved ice and poured into a cocktail glass. 

Regardless of the history, a classic Daiquiri is made with just a few simple ingredients: White Rum (preferably Cuban), lime juice and sugar. We're kinda nuts about the Ron Matusalem rums these days. In the 1930s-1950s, Cuba was celebrating a Golden Age of cocktails as tourists flocked to the beaches and guzzled rum by the glassful. Ron Matusalem was the top-selling rum back then, but eventually the family-owned company fled Cuba during the rise of the Castro regime. They now make their rum in the Dominican Republic where the environment – weather pattern, sugar cane, soil and water - is most similar to Cuba. Still, the same recipe and strict standards that were developed by the company’s founders remain the same. If you want to try it, come check out Tikitober on October 3rd, where you can see for yourself why we're so obsessed.

To add a little spice to this cocktail, we added just a touch of Pimento Dram, an allspice liqueur that frequently shows up in classic Tiki Drinks. We think the spice pairs perfectly with the other elements and urge you try this one soon!

 

equipment:

cocktail shaker
strainer
cocktail glass

ingredients:

3 oz Ron Matusalem Platino Rum
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
.25 oz pimento dram


method:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass. Serve and enjoy.