Patti and Gwen were out shopping Saturday when Gwen texted me “Patti wants to know if the bar is open?”. Of course the Twilight Lounge is open! If I’m awake (even at 2 pm on a Saturday afternoon) then the Lounge is open.
So when the girls arrived I busted open a couple of tiki cocktails on them. Hey, it was sunny and almost 40, which passes for spring around these parts. I could see the tiki torches in mind, and in a few short weeks I’ll see them for real around the Patio Lounge and Swim Club.
My first cocktail was the Trader Woody, which is yet another TikiBar TV recipe (and is pictured above).
- 2 oz dark rum
- 1 oz amaretto
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz orange juice
- dash of lime juice
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake to combine and chill. Strain into a tiki glass and add cracked ice to fill the glass.
For this drink I used my Appleton Estate V/X rum and the Disaronno amaretto. It’s a nice, basic tiki style drink with the rum and pineapple being the dominant flavors. There’s a bit of nuttiness that normally would be provided by orgeat in this thanks to the amaretto. By the time I was done with this I was thinking mai tai junior.
The second cocktail is courtesy of Beach Bum Jerry’s Intoxica recipe book. Called the Cesar’s Rum Punch, it was created by Joseph Cesar, the head bartender of the Grand Hotel Oloffson in Haiti in the 1960′s. During its heyday in the ’70′s you could find Mick and Bianca Jagger, Michael York and other assorted celebrities at the bar. Your first Cesar’s Punch was on the house, accompanied by the warning “You won’t like it here.” Let’s see how we like it at the Twilight Lounge!
Cesar’s Rum Punch
- 2 oz dark rum
- 2 oz lime juice
- 1 oz grenadine
- 1/8 oz bar syrup
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with ice cubes. Shake, shake, shake to mix and chill. Strain into a tiki glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, lime and orange wheels speared together with a mint sprig.
The original recipe called for Rhum Barbancourt, which I did not have, so I substituted in my Appleton Reserve V/X. I’m not sure that it makes that much difference as this has an almost overwhelming lime presence at first, followed by the fruitiness of the grenadine and then the rum. And when I say overwhelming, I mean it. This was in your face lime taste, although there was enough grenadine and bar syrup to tone down the sour component of the lime. Overall, a fun drink, and it does break the typical tiki flavors of rum and pineapple.
After two tiki drinks the girls and I were in the mood for something different, and the night was still young (who am I kidding, it was still afternoon!). So for the next two drinks you’ll just have to wait for the next post!