For a holiday that is all about drinking, most of the cocktails consumed during St Patrick’s Day are shockingly terrible! Some blame Irish whiskey as challenging to work with because of its strong flavor profile. Others point out that the day is often more fixated on extreme inebriation than it is on the best cocktails you’ve ever had. But I think they are all wrong. Irish whiskey is a fantastic spirit to build a cocktail with and can be infinitely drinkable if done cleverly. The most elegant cocktails often use only a few ingredients, perfectly balanced for a unique and satisfying experience. And the emerald is just a such a cocktail. The bonus of only using a couple ingredients? They remain simple cocktails to make, even when celebrating at the height of inebriation.
This fantastic cocktail is a great lead up to the infamous drinking holiday that is St. Patrick’s Day. With a healthy dose of Irish whiskey, this twist on a whiskey sour is sure to get you into the festive spirit. Even with the blizzards crushing the northeast of the United States. But how can this drink be celebrated on Tiki Monday? Well the answer lies in its source of sweetener: orgeat syrup. Orgeat syrup is a staple in the tiki world, providing a flavorful, almondy backbone to popular cocktails like the Mai Tai. And while the inclusion of orgeat syrup may not alone make this Cameron’s Kick truly tiki, we are going to let that slide in the interest of enjoying this amazing concoction.
The classic lemon drop is a wonderfully sophisticated yet supremely approachable cocktail. This seasonal riff on the classic is all that and more. Though lacking the sour notes of the lemon drop, the blood orange is the star of this cocktail. Fully embracing the sweet acidity of the blood orange, this vibrant cocktail is as visually stunning as it is delicious.
Thanks to New Orleans, a city know for the debauchery that is Mardi Gras and its amazing cocktail scene, we have yet another rendition of the classic planters punch. This time, we throw rum aside for some good ol’ american bourbon and a bit of french brandy. Although it differs considerably from the original punch recipe, this Mississippi Planter’s Punch is a wonderful chance to explore a tiki cocktail with an old school New Orleans twist.
When it comes to beers, coffee stouts are routinely some of my favorites. Beer isn’t as cheap an ingredient as many liquors. But sometimes the flavor profiles just beg to be used in a cocktail. Like the seasonal 865cc Coffee Stout from the good folks at DuClaw Brewing Company. Hands down the best coffee stout I have ever had the pleasure of drinking, the smooth deep notes of coffee and malt blend beautifully with the oak from the bourbon and velvety smoothness from the inclusion of the egg. Eggs can be a controversial cocktail ingredient due to health risks, but the alcohol should kill off any bacteria that could cause you harm. In this case, the sheer brilliance of this cocktail and amazing flavor profile is well worth any risk you may incur.
In recent years, the moscow mule has become one of the most popular cocktails. The wonderful copper mugs that started as a marketing ploy by Smirnoff have become a requisite item for any home bar and ginger beer brands have flourished. But as it turns out, mules aren’t the only family of drinks that use ginger beer. The buck is a traditional American cocktail that is essentially a mule, but usually uses a brown spirit like whiskey or rum. This “Bulliet Bourbon” Kentucky buck is a wonderful and potent cocktail which is likely to become your new favorite ginger beer cocktail.
We covered the classic brandy crusta several weeks ago. The brandy crusta is a wonderful cocktail that many argue led to the creation of the more famous Sidecar. But as brandy is an oaked spirit, you may have wondered how it’s brown brethren like aged rum and bourbon might perform in the crusta. The verdict? The bourbon crusta is amazing! The sweet notes of caramel blend with the oak and fire of the rye to make a lovely twist on the crusta concept. Bourbon Crusta 1½ ounces Cognac 1 teaspoon Orange Liqueur 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon simple syrup rim with sugar garnish with 1″ curl of lemon peel Begin by filling a cocktail or coupe glass with ice. Then set the glass aside to chill. Now fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the bourbon, orange liqueur, bitters, lemon, and simple syrup. While Learn More
Hailing from the Caribbean island of Jamaica, the port antonio is perfectly balanced tiki cocktail that makes excellent use of the spicy liqueur falernum. Falernum has been featured in a number of the other tiki cocktails on broke and thirsty and is one of my favorite tiki ingredients. Furthermore, falernum is perfect for making tiki cocktails feel winter appropriate with warm notes of clove and allspice. This port antonio balances the falernum with the acidity of lime and sweet coffee liqueur. This rum forward tiki cocktail is not to be confused with another rum based cocktail also called the port antonio which features a generous portion of grenadine. Far less fruity and with expertly balanced sweetness, this port antonio is sure to be enjoyed no matter what the season.
Tiki cocktails often inspire innovation and variations. It is one of the aspects of tikidom that make it so rewarding to explore. In addition to delicious cocktails of course. Well occasionally innovation gets a bit carried away, and we find variations on a variation with variation. The Mississippi Planter’s Punch #2 is just such a cocktail. Hailing from Fant’s Restaurant in Coral Springs, Florida, this tiki spectacle improves on both the classic Planter’s Punch and the Mississippi Planter’s Punch to create a ridiculously fruity concoction. While certainly over-the-top fruit is the biggest flavor in this juicy cocktail, lovers of spirits will enjoy the balance achieved with a wonderful mix of rums and bitters.
We have seen a classic planter’s punch cocktail before, so why cover a second version? Well planter’s punch is one of those tiki cocktails that has spawned such an array of variations that many of them need to be appreciated in their own right. Think of planters as a sort of martini of the tiki world, the type of cocktail that can harkon back to the original – at least in name – while exploring a myriad of flavors and characters. This fine edition is brought to us by the great Don the Beachcomber himself. Don had a twofold innovation for this drink. First, he added a splash of club soda to add bubbles and lighten the drink a little. Then, he added a honey mix to give more depth and character to the punch. All told, this is a fantastic tiki cocktail that isn’t as fruity as many planter’s Learn More