Surf Girl

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Happy Monday to y’all! I feel like I’m about to give birth to a cocktail baby cause I’ve been working on this set of drinks for so long! Pumped for two reasons today:

  1. We’re over 1/2 way through Tiki The Snow Away and guess what y’all? We just had our first snow in Brooklyn. PHEWWWWWW, I was getting nervous that there would be no snow to Tiki Away!
  2. Surf Girl. I’ve been working on this set of cocktails for a long time now and am finally ready to share them with y’all. Grab your boards, the above ingredients and a Surf Girl Tiki mug!

If you want to share a tropical drink during the month of January, use the hashtag #TikiTheSnowAway on Instagram and Twitter, or tag u/homebargirl on reddit.

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As you can probably tell, Surf Girl the drink is inspired entirely by Surf Girl the Tiki mug. I found these two vintage beauties awhile ago and knew I had to make a concept drink with them.

Look how serene and majestic these Surf Girls look riding those unending waves. Look at their fish friends!

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To me there were a couple of goals for this concept drink:

  1. Make a drink worthy of and consistent with the mug: this meant that the drink had to be blue and foamy so the top of the drink would look like a cresting wave.
  2. Make it tropical and delicious: It’s no secret that  Denizen Aged White Rum is my favorite white Rum. I have used it consistently for a while now and truly love all of the banana, tropical fruits, and hints of funk that it offers. With Denizen White in place, I wanted to build a set of ingredients that compliment the base spirit.
  3. Therefore, my base trio for all Surf Girl drinks is Denizen Aged White Rum, Senior Blue Curaçao (only the good stuff!), and Coco Lopez.

 

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If you note the texture of the drink, it’s blended and this is crucial to achieving the overall effect of a Surf Girl on the wavvves. I’m also keeping all of the garnishes the same for each Surf Girl variation to achieve a cohesive line of Tiki drinks.

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Here are your cast of characters: to the Surf Girl trio we add Smith & Cross Navy Strength Jamaica Rum, Pineapple Juice, and Lime Juice.

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I mean damn, right? Doesn’t this mug deserve a line of concept drinks?

Surf Girl

  • 1 1/2 oz Denizen White Rum
  • 1/2 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 1/2 oz Smith & Cross Navy Strength Jamaican Rum
  • 3/4 oz Pineapple Juice*
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Coconut Cream
  • ~8 oz Crushed Ice*
  • Garnish: Tiki umbrella, Maraschino Cherry, Pineapple chunk

Combine ingredients and blend for around 7 seconds. Pour in a 10 oz Surf Girl Tiki Mug and garnish.

*I think I have stated this before (or it’s generally understood in the Tiki world) but it’s critical that you use unsweetened, nothing added, just straight-up Pineapple juice. I like Lakewood Pineapple cause it’s literally juiced Pineapple.

**Amount is approximate cause I don’t have crushed ice. I crack all my ice from cubes and the shards might be a bit larger than yours if you’re using a crushed ice machine.

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Maybe it’s the Cali beach girl within but I am FEEEEEELING this.

Cheers to you and all your party people during Tiki The Snow Away!

 

Red Sunset with Templeton Rye

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Happy National Bootlegger’s Day to all you scoundrels and scallywags. To celebrate, I’ve made a Tiki The Snow Away drink with Templeton Rye and yes, it’s REALLY DAMN TASTY.

If you want to share a tropical drink during the month of January, use the hashtag #TikiTheSnowAway on Instagram and Twitter, or tag u/homebargirl on reddit.

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Today, January 17th marks the birthday of Templeton Rye and its most famous patron, Al Capone. Back during Prohibition, an enterprising group of farmers from Templeton, Iowa began secretly making some really killer Whiskey. Soon afterwards, “The Good Stuff” as it was called by those in the know, made its way into the hands of Al Capone whose bootlegging network helped Templeton reach many a dry mouth.

Since it’s Winter and I’m in total-Tiki mode, I thought I’d pay homage with a Tiki-Rye drink. The inspiration for this cocktail comes from Blood Oranges (SEASONAL Y’ALL) and how well they pair with Rye Whiskey.

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The sun sets in a vibrant hue, enticing us to drink up and celebrate the night.

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Here are your cast of characters: Templeton Rye, Jägermeister (such excellent spice), Cinnamon Bark Syrup (goes really well with Blood Orange), the aforementioned Blood Orange, Lemon Juice, and of course a Luxardo Maraschino cherry.

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Since this is the reddest drink I’ve ever made, and I’ve got the Cherry positioned like a setting sun in the circular sky, the name “Red Sunset” hit me like a flash. If only all drink names were so easy and so…obvious.

Red Sunset

  • 2 oz Templeton Rye
  • 1/4 oz Jägermeister
  • 1/4 oz Cinnamon Bark Syrup
  • 1 oz Blood Orange Juice
  • 1/4 oz Lemon Juice*
  • Garnish: Blood orange wheel, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry speared with Tiki Umbrella.

Combine ingredients over ice and short shake. Strain into double rocks glass or short Tiki mug over crushed ice and garnish.

*Needed the extra tart-acidity to balance the sweetness of the Blood Oranges.

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Cheers to you and yours on National Bootlegging day! May your Templeton Rye drinks be tasty!

 

Gregorian Grog

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Howdy, has anyone gone outside and had their eyelashes freeze yet? Been caught in a snow drift? Gotten a bloody nose from the dry-as-hell air? Fear not, for we have Tiki The Snow Away drinks to give you life here at  Home Bar Girl. FEAR NOT Y’ALL.

If you want to share a tropical drink during the month of January, use the hashtag #TikiTheSnowAway on Instagram and Twitter, or tag u/homebargirl on reddit.

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The inspiration for today’s drink is that totally fabulous, amazingly spiced, magical Sukkah Hill Spirits Besamim Liqueur. If you haven’t tried it or read my review, just know that it’s like if your grandma put all of her baking spices in a Liqueur. Hell yes to that. I wanted to put it in a Tiki drink cause Sugar Cane Spirit + Spices + Citrus = hot damn.

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Here are the ingredients: Besamim Liqueur, Batavia-Arrack van Oosten, Denizen Merchant’s Reserve (currently my fave Rum), Pineapple Juice, and Lime Juice. I wanted to put Besamim with the Arrack cause I knew that they’d make an unstoppable combo. I was right. I’ve added Merchant’s Reserve for depth, viscosity, and funk.

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Grab yer Tiki umbrellas, Pineapple chunks, and Luxardo Maraschino Cherries!

If you’re asking, “Grrrrrl, what’s with the name of this drink? Are monks going to come after me in the night and haunt me after I drink this?” POSSIBLY. I WON’T DENY THAT IT’S POSSIBLE! (Good luck with the hangover if you have too many.)

But seriously now, History! In the 16th century, English and Dutch sailors were trying to out-do each other in South East Asia. In the 17th century, they found a strange spirit called Arak/Rak/Arrack, distilled from sugar cane and fermented with red rice. They started making Punch with it and the predecessor to the “cocktail” was effectively born. I have named this drink in honor of the Gregorian period, the thrust of English Naval exploration.

Gregorian Grog

  • 1 1/2 oz Sukkah Hill Besamim Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz Batavia-Arrack van Oosten
  • 1/2 oz Denizen Merchant’s Reserve Rum
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • Garnish: Pineapple, Maraschino Cherry, Tiki umbrella

Combine ingredients over ice and short shake. Double strain into rocks glass or short Tiki mug and garnish.

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16th-21st Century cheers to all y’all! Happy Tiki The Snow Away to youuuuu.

 

 

Café Paraiso

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Good Monday to y’all in deepest darkest January! If you, like me, partied a little too much this weekend, then you probably need a coffee. You probably need a coffee-cocktail. You probably need a Tiki coffee-cocktail. BOOM.

If you want to share a tropical drink during the month of January, use the hashtag #TikiTheSnowAway on Instagram and Twitter, or tag homebargirl on reddit.

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I am writing this to y’all at midnight with temperatures outside below 20° F here in ass-cold Brooklyn. The irony that I’m about to post an iced coffee Tiki drink is not lost on me. But hey, isn’t that what Tiki The Snow Away is all about?

In the world of the make believe, we have found our joy.

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Here are your cast of characters: DD’s Spiced Denizen Rum, Espresso, Coco Lopez, Piña, Lime, and some tasty nutmeg.

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This is both my first time making a Tiki coffee-cocktail and my first time photographing the “Nudie Mug”. Isn’t it a nice Nudie Mug? How luscious her currrrrves. How excellently sculpted her handle. Thank you Nudie Mug.

Café Paraiso

  • 2 oz DD’s Spiced Rum
  • 1/2 oz cold Espresso (sub Cold Brew Coffee)
  • 1/2 oz Coco Lopez (sub Coconut Cream)
  • 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • Garnish: Tiki Paddle, freshly grated Nutmeg

Combine ingredients over ice and short shake like a rocket. Strain into Tiki mug over crushed ice. Grate nutmeg on top and garnish with Tiki Paddle.

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May these chilly times be filled with enough Café Paraiso to wake you up and give you life!

Tiki The Snow Away Daiquiri

It’s #NationalDaiquiriDay and I decided to feature this post because Havana Club 3 Year is basically THE Rum for Daiquiris! Cheers!

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Woo! The first week of Tiki The Snow Away is nearly over, so I thought we’d take a “shift break” and celebrate the weekend with a round of Daiquiris!

If you want to share a tropical drink during the month of January, use the hashtag #TikiTheSnowAway on Instagram and Twitter, or tag homebargirl on reddit.

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I’ll be using Havana Club 3 Años for my drink cause I brought it back from Mexico with the sole intent of making classic Daiquiris. Soon Havana Club will be coming to the USA under the brand Havanista and I will try to let everyone know as soon as I hear of its arrival!

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Here’s what you need: Your fave white Rum/Rhum/Cachaça, Cane Sugar Syrup/Simple Syrup, Lime Juice.

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I’m pretty pumped about this Lime wheel, I think I’ve finally achieved the perfect cut!

The following specs are typically my preferred way to have a Daiquiri. I like ’em rather tart, so if you know you don’t want to go as tart as I, use 2:3/4:3/4.

Home Bar Girl’s fave Daiquiri

  • 2 oz Havana Club 3 Años (sub your fave white Rum)
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz Cane Sugar Syrup (sub Simple syrup)
  • Garnish: Lime wheel

Combine ingredients over ice and shake it like a rocket. Strain into chilled coupe, garnish with Lime wheel.

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Weekend Daiquiri cheers to all y’all! Keep the Tiki The Snow Away posts coming! I’ve been reposting a bunch on Instagram.

Mayan Macao

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Mooooving and grooooving right along with Tiki The Snow Away in these frigid times. Today’s drink uses Blood Orange (seasonally topical!) and Corralejo Tequila Blanco for a super refreshing winter Tiki drink!

If you want to share a tropical drink during the month of January, use the hashtag #TikiTheSnowAway on Instagram and Twitter, or tag homebargirl on reddit.

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Blood Orange: so beautiful, so much tastier than regular Orange! Don’t even deny it, it’s totally true.

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Here are your cast of characters: Corralejo Tequila Blanco, El Señorio Mezcal Joven, Ancho Reyes Liqueur, Pineapple Juice, and the aforementioned Blood Orange.

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Mayan Macao

  • 2 oz Corralejo Tequila Blanco
  • 1/2 oz El Señorio Mezcal Joven (sub any Espadin Mezcal)
  • 1/2 oz Ancho Reyes Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Garnish: Pineapple Spear Bunny Ears, Pineapple chunks, Sword

Combine ingredients over ice and short shake. Double strain into collins glass or tall Tiki mug with ice, and garnish.

*if your Blood Oranges are not sweet enough, you may need to add 1/4 oz Simple Syrup. Taste and see!

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Salud to you and all your Tiki friends!

Sunken Cannonball

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Alright y’all, Tiki The Snow Away is poppin, so I thought I’d weigh in with my first drink. If you want to share a tropical drink during the month of January, use the hashtag #TikiTheSnowAway on Instagram and Twitter, or tag homebargirl on reddit.

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Here are your delicious Luxardo Maraschino Cherry cannonballs, drowning in a pool of 151.

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Here are your cast of characters: DD’s Spiced Rum with Denizen Merchant’s Reserve, Hamilton 151 Demerara Rum, Grand Marnier, Lime, and Pineapple.

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Sunken Cannonball

  • 2 oz DD’s Spiced Rum
  • 3/4 oz Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • ~1/2 oz Hamilton 151 Demerara Rum
  • Garnish: Lime shell, 3 Luxardo Maraschino Cherries, 151 Rum in the shell

Combine ingredients over ice and short shake. Strain into rocks glass or short Tiki mug over cracked/crushed ice. Add Cherries and 151 Rum to the Lime shell and garnish.

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Cheers fellow Tiki lovers!