Bayou Swamp Slush

Bayou Swamp Slush

Our original hostess Pumpkin loves her blendy drinks. Sunshine rarely creates one of these concoctions as he feels they are generally fairly “cruise ship” in flavor and overly sweet for no reason. Tangerines, clementines and Satsumas all have similar flavor but the tangerine or Cutie is most widely available in todays supermarket. For that reason this drink uses the fresh juice of tangerine along with a Satsuma liquor made by Bayou. Finding this citrus spirit may be challenging and you can easily substitute a 30% ABV sweet orange spirit if needed.

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Pride Of The Bar

Pride Of The Bar

For pride month we you bring you a mixed drink that’s naturally colorful and full of fruit flavor. Lemon and Lime juices with Rum, Boysenberry, Orange, Almond and herbs are shaken together in a refreshing drink thats the perfect balance of sweet and sour. Multiply everything by 10 and make a pitcher for poolside fun that lasts the whole month of June.

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Sunshine's Very Spicy Rum

Sunshine's Very Spicy Rum

Sunshine Tiki often talks about his Very Spicy Rum when the holidays roll around each year.  But this versatile home infused gold rum can be used in a good number of cocktails and baked goods all year long.  With nothing more than an average gold rum, fresh spices and a little time.  Follow our simple step by step video and impress your friends with your homemade spicy devil water.

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Rain Forest Sling

Rain Forest Sling

Ginny Gin Gin. The kids love their gin these days. Here in the Zen Tiki Lounge we prefer a gin drink with a tropical touch. When using gin we like something more herbal and floral vs. astringent and juniper forward. There are so many specialty gins on the market these days that you won’t have any trouble finding a nice local gin to use in this cocktail along with fresh juices and some Brazilian cachaça.

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Better Buttered Rum

Better Buttered Rum

Some of the best cocktails have been around for a very long time. A good Hot Buttered Rum is a classic cold weather libation that is especially popular during the winter holidays. We see this one popping back up on many bar menus with the awesome resurgence of vintage drinks and spirits. Sunshine finally crafted his own recipe for the rum batter that you can now make by following this recipe.

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Shattered Pony & Seven Stars

Shattered Pony & Seven Stars

While attending Circa Caliente 2018 we hosted a room party called Planet ClairErasure. Imagine a blacklight 80’s mini gold course with an alien planet theme. Our two libations were Seven Stars and Shetland Pony, although we used different names for the party.

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Pool Drink

Pool Drink

Every great day by the pool requires a beverage to increase your level of relaxation. Pool Drink is a simple concoction that relies on things you likely have in your cabinet, in your fridge or behind your bar. Its not fancy but it hits the spot on those warm days when a reusable plastic cup can be refilled many times over your lazy day.

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      When sailing the seven seas its customary to pick up a few items along the way.  Stopping in Barbados you will want to grab a few grapefruit, an accidental cross breed between a sour orange and the pomelo.  Along your journey someone grabbed a few coconuts and tossed them below deck for later.  Upon arrival on Trinidad you come across the final ingredients needed to mix Bitter Harbor.  Lemons and bitters round out this inviting drink that is both bitter and sweet with a sunny disposition.    1 ounce Lemon juice  2 ounces Grapefruit juice  1 ounce silver rum (Plantation three star, Selvarey or Cane Run work best)  1 ounce satsuma, mandarin or orange rum (Gran Marnier is a good substitute)  3/4 ounce Coconut rum (at least 30% alcohol by volume, NOT Malibu)  2 dashes Angostura bitters  Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake lightly.  Strain into a large glass filled with ice and garnish with lemon wedge and grapefruit peel torched for burnt aroma.  Add small amount of simple syrup ONLY if drink is too sour.       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              You know a drink is good when things go blurry.  Kalani enjoyed several Bitter Harbor cocktails when we first tried the final recipe on episode 397 of ZTL podcast.  

When sailing the seven seas its customary to pick up a few items along the way.  Stopping in Barbados you will want to grab a few grapefruit, an accidental cross breed between a sour orange and the pomelo.  Along your journey someone grabbed a few coconuts and tossed them below deck for later.  Upon arrival on Trinidad you come across the final ingredients needed to mix Bitter Harbor.  Lemons and bitters round out this inviting drink that is both bitter and sweet with a sunny disposition.

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Russian Troll

Russian Troll

If this drink sounds like it may be adjacent to a Moscow Mule thats because it is.  Swapping out dark rum for the vodka and adding some extra ginger kick is what makes this drink perhaps better than the usual mule.  The naming inspiration comes from none other than our current political climate which includes Russian social media hacking and all kinds of other shenanigans we would all like to forget about over a drink or two, or three.  

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Cinnamon Passion Punch

Cinnamon Passion Punch

Try Cinnamon Passion Punch.  A refreshing tropical punch with a little spice for complexity.  This simple recipe combines champagne and Alize along with fresh juices and a homemade cinnamon syrup.  Every ingredient is easy to find in most grocery stores.  Make one batch for approximately 30 people if you have a light drinking crowd.

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POG GROG

POG GROG

POG GROG isn't a cocktail by any means but it is what people ask for.  Rum and juice.  Tropical but not too sweet and still the flavor of rum comes through.  Choose a rum that you enjoy the smell of and that also has a slightly sweet taste.  Jamaican rums are great for this due to their lovely island aromas of sweet cane, floral touches and general smoothness.

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