HAPPY NEW YEAR & welcome to Tiki The Snow Away 2016! We made it through the Holidaze and now we’re gonna brighten up this dreary month with some fabulous Tiki drinks!
Before we get this party started, Imma answer some questions you may have:
A. What is Tiki The Snow Away? Last year, I’d had way too much Egg Nog, it was snowing constantly, and I was like, “screw these heavy drinks, I’m only going to have citrusy Tiki drinks for a month!” I decided to bring it back cause what’s more fun than Tropical drinks in January?
If you post a Tiki drink on Instagram or Twitter during January, use the hashtag #TikiTheSnowAway and I will re-post my fave drinks. If you post a Tiki drink on reddit, tag me and I will re-post them in a couple of roundups.
B. What kind of produce do you need? Fresh fruit. Now, I know this is a winter Tiki party, but you should be able to get Limes and Grapefruit from your local grocery store. It also means that you can use BLOOD ORANGES! WOOOOOO!
If you can’t find any good Pineapples to juice, I would recommend getting a bottle of unsweetened Pineapple Juice.
*Note: If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, I know it’s summer so, go wild with your fruit selections.
RUM BUM BUM BUM BUMMMMMMMMMM
C. What sort of Spirits & Liqueurs will you need? RUM. You’re going to need a lot of Rum. You’ll also need Blanco Tequila, Mezcal, and really any spirits you’ve got from the Caribbean/Central/South American regions. Since these are Tiki drinks, I’d also recommend the three liqueurs shown in the above photo. Allspice Dram is packed with a Jamaican spice set, Falernum is a lime/vanilla/spiced liqueur, and of course regular or Blue Curaçao.
DD’s Spiced Rum
D. Will I need anything else? Glad you asked. Orgeat is a super important Tiki ingredient. (How else will we attempt to make the greatest Mai Tai in the world?) I’m also going to be using Coco Lopez in some of my drinks. Cinnamon Bark syrup is absolutely essential to winter Tiki and so is Spiced Rum. I tend to loathe pre-made spiced Rum, so I created an easy batch of my own.
DD’s Spiced Rum
- 6 oz Denizen Merchant’s Reserve Rum (sub Jamaican Rum)
- 2 oz Plantation Barbados 5 Rum (sub a smooth aged Rum)
- 1 1/2 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
- 1 oz Cinnamon Bark Syrup
Combine ingredients in a bottle and agitate gently so all ingredients are integrated.
Tiki garnishes are the best!
E. Anything else? Anything at all? You’ll also need fun Tiki garnishes. Go wild! Grab those Tiki Umbrellas, Pineapple spears, plastic monkeys, swirly straws. FUNNNNNN is the goal here.
Hope y’all have a blast. #TikiTheSnowAway is the best way to spend your January!