Do you have “Beachbum Berry Remixed” yet? You don’t? Well go get it! We’ll wait right here.
You have it now? Great! Now let’s get on with these fantastic drinks that you can make with gin!
Gentleman Dave likes his gin. Gentleman Dave was also recently in Hawaii. Therefore, it seemed like a logical choice to combine this very British spirit with Polynesian Pop! Enter the Beachbum and these two great drinks.
First up is the Honolulu Cocktail. This couldn’t be simpler and answers the question, “What would a tried and true gin drinker drink in a Tiki bar where most of the drinks are made with rum?”
The Honolulu Cocktail
by Jeff Berry from “Beachbum Berry Remixed” possibly from the Brown Derby in Hollywood, California, USA circa 1940.
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce orange juice
1/4 ounce pineapple juice
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 tsp powdered sugar (do NOT substitute granulated)
1 dash Angostura bitters
Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice, then shake everything with ice cubes. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Isn’t that something? Like a Tom Collins Plus. Or a gin Screwdriver. It’s a little drier than your average tropical cocktail, but it’s sure to please the gin drinker in your group.
Next up is the big one, and we mean BIG! Like "8 1/2 ounces of liquid" big. This is the Bali Bali from the Bali Ha’i at the Beach in New Orleans. You may have to prepare a little shopping list for this one but it is definitely worth the extra work.
by Jeff Berry from “Beachbum Berry Remixed” from the Bali Ha’i at the Beach, New Orleans, circa 1950’s.
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce fresh orange juice
1 ounce unsweetened pineapple juice
1 ounce dark Jamaican rum
1 ounce light Virgin Islands rum
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Cognac
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce falernum
1/2 ounce passion fruit syrup
Shake well with ice cubes. Pour unstrained into a tall glass.
We know we’ve said this before but . . .HOLY MACKEREL THIS IS A GREAT DRINK! There is nothing not to like about this cocktail. First of all it’s huge! Over a cup of drinking pleasure for you. It’s not super sweet, it’s fruit juice sweet. The booze in it can’t overpower the fruit juice flavours. They get along together like a house on fire. Sure, you can’t drink a bunch of these, but why would you want to? Have one and see where it takes you. I’m guessing it takes you to a sun kissed shore where palm trees sway and sea birds slowly circle overhead.
See you next time for our 50th Episode!
Is it always easy to do the right thing? Of course not.
A while ago, a listener left a comment on our blog page (as we would like you to do too) wondering if we could do some easy drinks for newcomers to the world of cocktails. We gladly obliged and did a few shows that featured drinks that were very easy to make and only had a few ingredients.
This is not one of those shows.
Was it the right thing to do? Of course. Is it always easy doing the right thing? Of course not! It’s practically killing us just to be gentlemen! But we do it. We do it for you. These two drinks are going to require a little prep work from you. One of the drinks only has 3 ingredients. One of them is rum. You’ve got rum. If you don’t, you know where you can get it. You also need lime juice. Get the limes while your out getting your rum. The final ingredient is butter syrup.
Uh oh. You don’t have butter syrup do you? Neither did we. This is that prep work we were talking about. This is the ONE hard part in the Cold Buttered Rum by Dave Arnold and found in his mind warping book Liquid Intelligence.
We could explain to you the concept behind it all, but we don’t know it ourselves.
You know who does? This guy. Click on the YouTube clip below and he’ll walk you through we we had to do
Here’s the recipe for the syrup and the drink
-by Dave Arnold and found in his book, Liquid Intelligence
200 grams water
150 grams melted unsalted butter
200 grams granulated sugar
3 grams Ticaloid 210 S
10 allspice berries, crushed
1. Heat the water and infuse allspice berries for 5 minutes at a simmer, then strain out the allspice
2. Hydrate the Ticaloid 210 S in the allspice water using the hand blender
3. Add the melted butter and blend until smooth
4. Add the sugar and blend until smooth
Store outside the fridge until needed
Cold Buttered Rum
-by Dave Arnold and found in his book, Liquid Intelligence
2 ounces spiced rum
1 Fat ounce (1 1/8 ounces) of butter syrup
1/2 ounce freshly strained lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker
Add ice and shake for about 15 seconds
Double strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass
Check out that creamy, buttery goodness! The kicker in this drink is that little bit of lime juice. The citrus cuts through all the richness and reminds you that you are drinking a rum drink after all. The lime juice kind of elevates the whole experience and takes the drink beyond just a sweet creamy drink. You will LOVE this drink. Go get your Xanthan Gum and Gum Arabic right now!
This is what Wikipedia has to say about our next drink, Coquito!
"Coquito is a coconut-based alcoholic beverage traditionally only served in Puerto Rico, similar to eggnog, hence it is sometimes called Puerto Rican eggnog. It is always made with rum, coconut milk, sweet condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves"
We know it’s not Christmas right now, but the pairing of these two creamy rum cocktails was too good to pass up. There are recipes all over the internet for this classic holiday treat. We chose the one from Allrecipes.com and we are glad we did. Now like we said . . . there is a bit of prep work.
Coquito Recipe (approximately 10 servings)
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (14 ounce) can cream of coconut
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup white rum
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In the top of a double boiler, combine egg yolks and evaporated milk. Stirring constantly, cook over lightly simmering water until mixture reaches a temperature of 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).
The mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Transfer mixture to a blender, and add cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rum, water, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla. Blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into glass bottles and chill overnight.
Jiminy Christmas! Forget your regular old egg nog. The Puerto Ricans have got it going on! You'll never go back to that store bought swill again. It will be all Coquito all the time from here on end. We promise you. We know what some of you are thinking. You don't like coconut. We don't like it either! (Except Fred) Don't give it a second thought. It's in there but it's not overpowering in any way. Make this for a crowd in the summertime and see what they think. Say it's Christmas in July!
As we said in the show, the world may be losing yet another of it's mid century tiki palaces. This time Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach may be on it's way out. Check out this video tour posted by one of our favourite YouTubers, Justin Scarred.
And finally, the Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure have been featured in print! The spring issue of Indulge Magazine is out, and the Gents are featured in an article about podcasting. Our big thanks go out to the Peace Arch News for inviting us to be a part of there great magazine.
If you don't happen to live in the White Rock/ South Surrey area of BC, you can have a peek at the electronic version right here. Peace Arch News eEdtions Please give it a read.
Until next time, keep on drinking!
And reading . . .
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