Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hella Bitter on Kickstarter

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This is very cool; Benjamin is collecting funds to make a big batch of is bitters recipe. Sign up if you’d like to take a chance on a bottle. I’m in!

Hella Bitter Citrus Cocktail Bitters by Benjamin Ahr Harrison


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Miehana with Flaming GarnishThe Miehana is my go-to umbrella drink; it’s yummy, easy to make and is fruity without beating you over the head with the rum. It’s a modern invention, not an old-school Tiki-drink but I like it.

Combine the following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice

1 ounce of fresh lime juice
1 ounce of orange juice
1 ounce of unsweetened pineapple juice
1 ounce of Grand Marnier
1 ounce of gold Virgin Islands rum
1 ounce of coconut-flavored rum

Shake well and pour, unstrained, into a double old-fashioned glass or a Miehana mug (crafted by TikiFarm but only available on ebay currently). Add ice as needed to fill glass. Alternately, you can make one-and-a-half and fill a hurricane glass!

Flaming garnish is inspired by the out-of-print book, Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Living. I’m working on a separate post just about the flaming garnish. Short story is leave a bit of bread on the counter overnight and douse it with lemon extract (found with vanilla extract with spices at your grocer).

Recipe from Beach Bum Berry Remixed.

Seriously, if you attempt a flaming garnish please be safe; have an Multi Purpose Fire Extinguisher on hand.

South Seas Zombie

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South Seas ZombieThis recipe is from the South Seas restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii circa 1970. Not your standard Zombie recipe but a very nice version. Plenty of rum and fruit in this one, no surprise there!

Combine the following in a shaker ⅔ full of ice

1 ounce of orange juice
1 ounce of unsweetened pineapple juice
½ ounce of fresh lemon juice
½ ounce of sweet Italian vermouth
½ ounce of orange curaçao
1 ounce of dark Jamaican rum
½ ounce of light Puerto Rican rum

Shake well and strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Float

1 ounce of dark 151 proof rum atop the drink

Recipe adapted from the out-of-print Beachbum Berry’s Intoxica!, if you’re interested you may want to order his updated book Beach Bum Berry Remixed

The garnish here is from one of my favorite (also out-of-print) books, Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Living; it is made from skewer of candy Lifesaver Gummies. You can get the 6-inch Bamboo Skewers and the LifeSavers Gummies (Pack of 18) from Amazon.

Note: I do have a nice collection of tiki mugs but I really like how the rum drinks look in a clear glass so they don’t get used very often.

Sutton Cellar’s Brown Label Vermouth

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Sutton Cellars Brown Label VermouthI was recommended this Vermouth on first visit to a  Whole Foods. I was lost and asked if they had Vermouth and was blown away when the answer was, “Well, My favorite is over here.” I will always be sucker for high-quality, hand-crafted Vermouth and, sadly, am still surprised when I find people who feel the same.

Sutton Cellars Brown Label Vermouth is a yummy Vermouth. It’s sweet smelling and tastes of gingerbread.

really liked it in a “wet” vodka martini (3 of vodka, 1 of vermouth) with olive garnish. In a Hendrick’s Gin martini I thought the flavors conflicted unpleasantly.

I really like the Sutton Cellar’s Brown Label. My only gripe is that I wish it was available in half bottles so I needn’t worry about the open bottle turning funky. I do my part but can only drink so many Martinis.

Find this at Whole Foods stores or order it from the winemaker.