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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Juan Bahama 2020

Juan Bahama 2020

Inspiration for the next cocktail can come from anywhere.  On a rather regular Friday, Sunshine Tiki came across a meme that sounded more like a frosty tropical drink vs. a political statement.  Thinking "what would Juan Bahama be made of"? took just a few moments and the ingredients started to become obvious.  A large banana, Jamaican rum, dark brown sugar and a dash of Chinese spices and chocolate bitters.  Yeah, that sounds just about right.

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California Sunrise

California Sunrise

If a California sunrise had a flavor, this would be it.  Passion fruit and lemon juices complement the white wine aromas in Calivore Blonde Rum.  A touch of California Orange Blossom Honey adds a unique sweetness and the scent of the little white blossoms that blanket golden state gardens throughout the year.  

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