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Day 78, Cocktail 80

Tiki week continues tonight with another new cocktail.  But before we can drink, we need a glass to put it in!  If you are a regular reader, you’ve already read my rantings regarding cocktail glasses.  However, when it’s tiki time, the rules get thrown out the window and cool, retro tiki barware takes center stage.  Most of my tiki recipes can be served in one of these fun glasses – I have a set of 6 of the center fellow while his two friends are one offs.  Half the fun of tiki glasses (the not drinking from them half) is in acquiring them.  I never buy my tiki glasses “retail”.  Rather, thrift shops, rummage sales, flea markets, craigslist and ebay are my sources, and so much more fun!  And don’t worry about them matching, finding different glasses is what makes using them so much fun at a party!

Now, about that cryptic post title.  Some of you of a certain age should remember the old Hai Karate cologne.  You know the one that drives women so mad with the desire that the unsuspecting wearer has to resort to karate chops to keep the many attackers at bay.  (Yeah, like that really happened to me!)  Well, tonight’s cocktail is named the Hai Karate is a Beachbum Jerry original from his Intoxica recipe book.

  Hai Karate

  • 2 oz amber rum
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1/8 oz maple syrup (the real stuff!)
  • 1 dash Agnosturo bitters

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with 6-7 ice cubes.  Skake well to mix and then pour (ice and all) into a tiki glass or collins glass.  Garnish with a lime or orange wedge.

A very nice tropical, fruity blend that allows the rum (in this case, Appleton Reserve) to shine through.  The maple syrup adds just a touch of woody sweetness that blend very well with this drink.  Once again, I’ve looked at a recipe and thought “you’re kidding” but it really does work!


PS – I will be doing a second tiki week in August, so if you have a favorite tiki recipe, let me know!  If I use your recipe during tiki week II you’ll win an official Twilight Lounge keepsake of your very own!

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