Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rum Renaissance!!

Want to know one of the many things that have been keeping up at night?...
That is right Rum Renaissance is coming. . . i am as giddy as a . . .you get the idea...
Grand Rum Tasting, Celebrity Seminars, Tasting Competition, Tiki Face-Off,
VIP Parties Nightly, Island Culture, Tropical Libations, Beach & Pool Party-- Sounds like an ABSOLUTE BLAST to me.
So mark the date, start doing liver stretches, get your buts down to Miami May 5th -9th and join me for what promises to be a wonderful fun time of rum and rummys!

Beachbum Berry Remixed

i just finished Beachbum Berry Remixed and i can say -unequivocally- this is an amazing book. Great pictures, fun prose, excellent layout and honest evaluations of previous works coupled with helpfully insightful upgrades/updates in the recipes-- plus newly found recipes and custom crafted recipes from the who's who fill this wonderful tome, and you would be remiss if you didn't grab one for your reading enjoyment. Whether you are Tiki aficionado, a cocktail buff, a mixologist, enthusiast or just a plain old interesting person you'll dig this book.

Before i go and leave you with this glowing review let me mention a few things:
This book was a gift from a good friend and i want thank him-- Wally you rock.

Also for people who live in Southern California Jeff 'Beachbum Berry' is having his Los Angeles book release party this Wednesday, April 28th, at Caña Rum Bar, at 7PM. This a great chance to glad hand the mastermind of Tiki archeology, the individual responsible for the 'rising' quality in (maybe 'returning quality to...') Tiki drinks and the catalyst to the resurgence of Tiki's popularity. Besides that-- he is one hell of guy (by all accounts), an excellent drink-smith in his own right and at Caña they are going to be featuring some of the drinks from Remixed so you can see for yourself that night.

In short it looks like this:
A chance to meet 'Beachbum' Berry, Tiki mixmaster/Historian and all around great guy, at Caña for the L.A. book release party of Remixed and rock out to some of the 'Bum's' own cocktails-- This WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010 at Cana Rum Bar, 7PM.

Here is 'Beachbum Berry's Blog which has some great comments and ideas about Remixed..

Also check out Rumdood's awesome series on 'Beachbum Berry', here . . .

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Monk’s Uncle

So in contact with my buddy Chip (Arctic Wolf) he mentioned a cocktail he had made up basically amounting to well aged rum and Frangelico. i thought this hilarious because i had been making the same drink for quite a while and just 'assumed' that it was already in somebody's cocktail book and i just didn't know the name. The reason i assumed this will be plain when you taste this drink -it is delicious and so simple i am surprised that it isn't everywhere. So i scoured my cocktail books (over 40) scoured the interweb and i found nothing--Wow. So here is the original recipe that Chip (Arctic Wolf) has named The Monk's Uncle:
The Monk’s Uncle
Version 1

2 Oz Appleton 21
3/4 Oz Frangelico

mix with a small amount of ice and serve

Simple, luscious, delectable and so damn easy...
Well Chip (Arctic Wolf) told me he was using Appleton 21 in the drink and i thought: "Well Appleton 21 is an amazing Rum it deserve a little more work than that..." So i came up with these sexy touches:

The Monk’s Uncle Version 2

2 Oz Appleton 21
3/4 Oz Frangelico
1/4 -1/2 Oz Lemon Juice
1 Egg White

Dry shake to emulsify add ice and shake till chilled, strain into chilled cocktail glass, flame foam with 50/50 Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters and Goslings 151.

Now that drink looks awesome, i love the burnt meringue on the top and the smell of the flamed bitters with the rich, pungent aromas of Appleton 21 are amazing, but . . .it is not really any better than the super simple one that Chip and i just 'happened' upon.

So try The Monk's Uncle (either one)and trust me when i tell you it works great with almost any 'aged' rum. i like mine with a lemon twist-- for the record-- unless you are making version 2 then a little juice inside.

Here is Chip's review of Appleton 21 and the cocktail...