I’d like to think it’s tiki time all the time – I mean, who wouldn’t? But all of a sudden our tiki mugs, volcano bowls, bamboo straws and ice crushers are practically running out the door. It could be the warm weather or perhaps it’s just that every time you turn around, someone is talking tiki.
Either way I suppose living in the Great White North does make tiki a somewhat seasonal phenomenon, and with that said, I would love to know what people are drinking this tiki season. There are so many recipes for the same drink, we’d love to hear about your favourite versions. Please share your recipes below (and sources for them, if you know what they are).
For a great Mai Tai recipe, check out this Grid TO article by Christine Sismondo (aka my hero and cocktail guru).
For a fast and easy Tiki drink, I’ll share what I call the Suffering Bastard Sno-Cone Pitcher. As someone that is often stuck making drinks inside while all the other kids play outside, I have adapted the Suffering Bastard recipe from Difford’s Encyclopedia to make a blender version that feeds a number of people (yep, I said feeds, what can I say, I don’t cook a lot) and doesn’t require crushing a ton of ice.
It also goes a long way so it has less alcohol than the average drink, perfect for when the hot sun and booze start making people a little woozy – they won’t know though, that will be our little secret. Enjoy tiki fans!
Suffering Bastard Sno-Cone Pitcher
6 oz white rum
3 oz fresh lime juice
1-1/2 oz triple sec
1-1/2 oz simple syrup (2:1)
3/4 oz orgeat syrup
Put all ingredients in a blender, fill with ice up to 8 cups. My blender has a 6 cup capacity but I fill it to the top as there is a lot of space between the ice. Blend on Sno setting or on high for 1 minute or until sufficiently slushy. Serve in a tiki mug of your choice (or a chilled rocks glass) garnished with a lime wedge. (We especially like our Google-Eyed Tiki Rocks Glass for this drink. Just saying.) And if you have a little umbrella on hand, well, who doesn’t love a drink with a little umbrella in it?
If you don’t have an awesome blender you might want to give your ice a few good smacks in a Lewis bag before blending to break up the ice a little.
~Donna (of The Crafty Bartender)