There is plenty going on in our dimly lit tiki bar this episode of ZTL podcast. Sunshine and Pumpkin start with a fabulous vintage tiki drink from the 1940’s. Next we dive into the mail sack to catch up on a few items sent in from listeners. When it came time for a second drink Pumpkin brought a quick dice game that proved perfect for choosing our next spirit and all the mixers needed for something quite tasty. We also discuss a recent visit to Zombie Village in SF, Aero Club bar in San Diego, the woes of essential oils, Mocktails in London and much more.
On the Right is a look at the new book by Andrea Waters and Catherine Salway. We were lucky enough to get an advance look at the book and found both the illustrations and alcohol free drinks look amazing. We all have non drinking friends and if you have ever felt challenged to concoct something that is so tasty you don’t miss the booze, this book may be for you. Listen to hear Sunshine share some initial thoughts and pre order on Amazon to get your copy soon. On our next episode we will mix a few alcohol-free drinks and do a tasting just for our dedicated listeners.
Below Left: Pumpkin and Sunshine enjoy the Cocoanut Grove cocktail from the Beachbum Berry app Total Tiki. When we don’t have time to whip up one of our own drink recipes we generally us Total Tiki as our go to tiki drink resource. Beachbum Berry has released many cocktail books over the last decade plus that diligently study the tiki drinks of the past. The Bum makes sure that every recipe is as close to the original as possible and even gives substitution ideas for ingredients that have gone extinct. This time we chose the Cocoanut Grove from the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, a hangout for Hollywoods rich and famous from the 1920’s through 1960’s. Below Right: a shot from the Total Tiki app which allows you to search by ingredient, style of drink and much more.
In the third segment of the show Pumpkin gets out this dice game she was given at a white elephant party. We have tried many a cocktail game here in the lounge and its fair to say this one worked out better than most. In fact the cocktail created as indicated by a roll of the dice was quite good. It would appear that this particularly set of dice from Refinery and Co. is no longer available but we have linked to another drinking game that is still available. You may want to give them a try. These games are from a company right here in Californian, just a hop skip and jump from our very own dimly lit tiki bar. The drink to the right was actually made with the ingredients suggested by a roll of the dice picture. Not bad at all.
On a recent California coastal Cruise, Sunshine visited Zombie Village in San Francisco. This is the newest immersive themed bar to hit the Bay Area. The below pic don’t really do justice to this beautiful new space with a fairly expansive cocktail menu that has many of its own specialties and a few familiar favorites. Listen to this episode of the podcast to hear what Sunshine had to say about his visit and some of his favorite drinks.