Day in and day out, one of the most popular post here at Cocktail Wonk is Minimalist Tiki: What you truly need to make the classics at home.
At long last, I’ve finally heeded Mrs. Wonk’s wisdom that this article was a book needed to be written. Without further ado, we’re pleased to announce THE BOOK!
Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at
Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard
Minimalist Tiki is a hefty, no-compromises book—hardcover and in
full, glorious color, with more than 300 pages of geeking out, photos and
recipes. It weighs over 3 pounds! We hope it will sit proudly alongside the
books that inspired it. Continue reading “Minimalist Tiki – The Book! For Sale Now!”
It’s an annual Cocktail Wonk tradition to holistically examine
the last twelve month’s writings and pick the ten stories most deserving of
highlighting and after-the-fact commentary. Continue reading “The Cocktail Wonk Top Ten Stories of 2018”
Early in my Tiki education, which at that point was primarily Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari and a scattering of blog posts, I learned a mantra: Always fresh squeeze your juice! It’s not so hard with lemons, limes, and oranges, but pineapples are always a challenge. They’re cumbersome and not easily juiced with normal kitchen gadgets. Even after a budget centripetal juicer appeared, juicing pineapples was still something I sought to avoid – the juice was too frothy and the yield too low. It always felt like I was forsaking too much product in the wet, pulpy remains.
Continue reading “Passion Grove Swizzle – A Summer Tiki Cooler”
In recent years I’ve vociferously advocated for the purity and sanctity of the classic 1944 Mai Tai. This Victor (“Trader Vic”) Bergeron concoction is arguably the king of all Tiki drinks. Unfortunately, for some misguided souls, the Mai Tai is a catch-all term for whatever random collection of fruit juices, rums, and syrups are on hand behind the bar—rendering this classic one of the most abused cocktail recipes of all time. There’s no pineapple juice in a classic Mai Tai, folks!
However, it’s totally fair game to modernize a Tiki classic and name it something different. The modern Tiki world is full of innovators such as Jason Alexander, Daniel “Doc” Parks, and Justin Wojslaw, who day in and day out push Tiki’s boundaries while retaining respect for the classics. While I don’t put myself in their league, I do occasionally have a decent idea that ends up good enough to share here.
Continue reading “The Reverend’s Tai – A Pineapple Twist on the Mai Tai”
As an avid Tiki-hound home bartender, I am always seeking out the next unusual recipe twist that gets me excited. And while Tiki draws from a very broad palette, there’s really only so many combinations of citrus, syrups, spices, and rum you can concoct before you’re essentially riffing on variations of the classics. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
Continue reading “Jungle Doctor – The Jungle Bird Goes to Med School”
At this point in my Tiki journey, it’s much harder to come across a flavor combination I haven’t encountered before and which knock my socks off. The Banana Life, from the crew at San Francisco’s Pagan Idol, is the first drink I’ve had in a while that accomplishes this feat.
Continue reading “The Banana Life – A Pagan Idol Original Tiki Recipe”