While I spend most of my time in the kitchen, baked goods aren’t the only thing that I make. I make salads, pasta dishes, steaks and tiki drinks. Yes, you heard that right: tiki drinks. Tiki drinks just might be the original craft cocktail, since they were invented in the 1930s and made with only fresh juices, homemade syrups and a variety of high quality spirits (and rum, of course). Those original drinks are a far cry from the premixed beverages served up in the 1970s and they are really making a comeback into the world of cocktails right now.
If you want to try you hand at making some of these tropical concoctions, check out a new tiki-centric blog I’m working on – Modern Tiki – add my newest book Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar to your wish list, because it is now available for pre-order! Together with experienced bartender and mixologist Robert Sharp, I have been working on this book for quite some time, putting together a collection of new and classic tiki recipes that everyone will enjoy – especially if the last time that they tried a “tiki” drink was back in the 1970s.
The official release date is June 1st, so we still have a few months to go, but that is no reason not to get your orders lined up now!! Here is the description from the publisher.
Tiki cocktails are a tasty mid-twentieth-century American classic, but their popularity suffered when syrupy drink mixes hit the scene. Now it’s time to welcome them back: Food blogger Nicole Weston and mixologist Robert Sharp have brought back the fresh taste of tiki drinks, banishing the artificial syrupy sweetness of mixes for fresh fruit juices, high-quality spirits, and homemade syrups. They offer a taste of the past with traditional recipes that honor the flavors of the Caribbean, South Pacific, and the Hawaiian Islands that first inspired the tiki cocktail. Including original recipes inspired by Asian and South American flavors, Tiki Drinks is a hybrid of the old and the new; the concept may be vintage but the drinks are fresh. Drinks include delicious updates of Jamaican Milk Punch using fresh cream of coconut, Siren’s Elixir with fresh-squeezed lemon and guava juice, and a Hawaiian Queen Bee with locally sourced honey and garnished with juicy, fresh-cut pineapple. Of course, what’s a tiki drink book without a little Hawaiian lore and style? Tiki Drinks has that, and much more. 75 color photos
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