Sunshine is in the lounge solo on this episode of ZTL podcast mixing cocktails and listening to Hawaiian classics and Hapa Haole. Time for a quick and easy cocktail made with one his favorite hard to find spirits. Okoleaho is native to Hawaii and can be found if you look very hard in some West coast liquor establishments. Or, just bring back a few bottles when you return from Hawaii. With just three ingredients the Puka Shell scales up to any size drink you have a thirst for. And if you have a white grapefruit tree, you are really in business. The pink fruit is Ok....but white grapefruit is soooooo nice in this drink. Fresh of course. Ok, you have a drink. Now on to the rest of the show. Listen or follow below.
Also in response to listener requests Sunshine offers two low sugar tiki drinks for you to whip up for yourself or when a Guest asks for one. By purchasing just three sugar free syrups you will be able to knock down the sugar content of many tiki drinks....just watch out for drinks with pineapple and orange juices, essentially sugar water of the juice family. Citrus juices have less sugar with some exceptions. But heh, no Dr's in this tiki bar. Chat with your healthcare provider about cocktails if you are diabetic or otherwise having issues with sugar.
Low sugar Mai Tai
2 ounces Jamaican rum
1.5 ounce fresh lime juice
.5 ounce dry Curaçao or gran marnier
.75 ounce sugar free almond syrup
Shake everything with ice and pour into glass filled with crushed ice. Roughly 165 calories and no added sugar. Too sweet or too sour? Adjust the lime and sugar syrup to balance.
Low sugar Hurricane
2 ounces Jamaican rum (Appleton)
1 ounce silver rum
2 ounces fresh lemon juice
2 ounces strongly brewed passion tea
1.5 ounces sugar free bar syrup (or monin sugar free sweetener)
Shake everything with ice and pour unstrained into a tall glass. Garnish with lemon wheels and cherries. Too sweet or too sour? Adjust the lemon and sugar syrup to balance.
While rummaging through old mp3 files Sunshine came across one labeled Romance of Hawaii with no artist info. Looking around there were two options. Walter Wanderly as picutred left above was a Brazilian recording artist. And Webley Edwards pictured right was an American radio show host who settled in Hawaii but was originally from Oregon. Well, tipsy Sunshine announced the artist as Walter, when it was Webley. Hopefully you can see how one might make this mistake after imbibing several cocktails while preparing the notes for a podcast. This is a professional production after all. Anyway, we will have to actually feature Walter Wanderley on a future podcast. On this episode you get to hear the entire album The Romance of Hawaii by Webley Edwards from the Hawaii Calls Greatest Hits collection.
Below are two quick and easy pupu platter items you can make with relative ease. Salty treats, one vegan and one not. In both cases you can keep the ingredients on hand for a long time without spoiling so these are a nice couple of items to whip up before friends come over for drinks.
Bacon wrapped pineapple and water chestnuts: 1. slice an entire pack of bacon in half to create approximately 4 inch pieces, open one can of sliced water chestnuts and drain. open can of pineapple rings and drain, cutting each ring into three pieces. 2. place a sliced water chestnut and chunk of pineapple on bacon slice, roll tightly and hold together with wooden pick. 3. cook in skillet turning frequently or bake in a roasting pan at 400 degrees until crispy. 4. place cooked pieces on plate covered in paper towels. 5. Serve warm.
Soy Radish bits: 1. peel a daikon radish. 2. slice into 1/4 inch pieces. 3. mix up 1/2 cup soy sauce, a dash of MSG and fresh chopped and peeled ginger to taste. 4. pour soy sauce mixture over radish in a bowl and toss. Refrigerate for a few hours. 5. drain off soy sauce and serve with tooth picks.