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Jungle Bird

Tiki time, all the time. Last drink was a simple drink, this time its time for something a little more complex. Enter the Jungle Bird. Not sure how many more drink samples I can make before selecting the winning game beverage for the party. I’m starting to really like this Smugglers Cove book. Pick one up for yourself!

I’ll take suggestions on what to bring to the party…

  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 0.5 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 ounce Demerara syrup
  • 0.75 ounce Campari
  • 1.5 ounce dark rum

Fill a shaker with ice, add everything inside and give it a shake. Serve onto a Collins glass filled with ice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Sweet start, pineapple forward, but seconds later the bitter flavor of the Campari sits on your palette.
  • It’s an interesting mix of flavors, I simultaneously like it and am unsure of it… So confusing.
  • If you are a Campari fan in the mood for a sweet tiki cocktail, you should sign up for the Jungle Bird.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 3/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • I take a sip… Enjoy the sweet pineapple goodness… Then the Campari comes along to challenge my taste buds… So I take another sip and goodness returns.
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When thinking of a quick and easy cocktail, I often fall back on a simple one-plus drink… Usually my standby, a Makers and Coke. So when flipping through the Tiki drink book I was excited to find a new beverage in this category – the Bombo.

It combines two of my favorite things, rum and sugar! On a more serious note, it’s an ideal sipping drink, especially if you have some quality aged rum on hand as the mixer.

  • 2 ounces Aged rum (Ron Zacapa Soledad Reserva 23)
  • Demerara Syrup

Fill a cocktail shake with ice, pour in the ingredients and stir until chilled. Pour into an ice filled Collins Glass. Garnish with fresh nutmeg.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Is a tasty sweet cocktail, the Demerara flavor makes this almost have the flavor of a rum and coke, but it’s cleaner.
  • A good rum is your friend here – don’t waste this drink on your mixing rum!
  • Sweet, short, and ice cold – a good combo.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Devilishly simple, delectably good.

Halekulani Cocktail

The tiki experiment continues. Researching drinks it is amazing the variety of ingredients included in tiki recipes. Almost as impressive is the care with which contents are selected. I mean, you can’t just call for simple syrup, you must use the demarera version for added punch. It makes it challenging to stock a bar with everything, but overall the effort rewards you with some fun tasting, and generally very strong, beverages.

  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 0.5 ounce Demarera syrup
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Throw everything in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a Martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Lots of juice and lots of sugar in here – this is in no way a diabetic friendly drink.
  • You have to like sweet, but leaves you with a tart finish.
  • No one will ever guess that there is liquor in here unless they watch you make it… Or drink more than one.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 2/10 (but it’s hiding)
  • Sweetness: 10/10
  • In the tradition of a good tiki cocktail… Lots of juice and plenty of liquor to sneak up on you!