Your Weekend Tiki Bar Drink Recipe: The Bali Hai Ball, and Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon

tiki-bar-drinksIt’s Happy Hour at the Tiki Bar!

That’s right kats and kittens, you get two for the price of one this week at the Tiki Bar! One I found while looking for something completely different, one I found while looking for a use for some aging cream of coconut. First, lets hit a very groovy Tiki Bar Cocktail,

The Bali Hai Ball

Even the name is great. I found the recipe at a very hip site, Tiki Drink…here it goes…

1 oz vodka
1/2 oz light rum
1/2 oz banana liqueur
1 oz pina colada mix
1 oz pineapple juicetiki-drink

Shake it up with ice in a shaker and serve in a tall Tiki Mug or Highball glass and garnish with all the fruit you can find. And I don’t see any reason why you can’t add a little cream of coconut in there, too.

I found the second recipe on a book reader site, This is taken directly from their site. Check it out, there’s some fun stuff there. (Click here to see the entire post)

“Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon

A recipe for a drink named after Hemingway’s novel Death in the Afternoon was published in the 1935 cocktail book So Red the Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon by Sterling North and Carl Kroch. Here’s that recipe–

Add one jigger of absinthe to a champagne flute
Add iced champagne until it attains the proper opalescence.
A small amount of sugar or Gomme syrup can be added to round it out, especially when using a verte absinthe.

Here’s Hemingway’s note on the drink’s origin–

This was arrived at by the author and three officers of the H.M.S. Danae after having spent seven hours overboard trying to get Capt. Bra Saunders’ fishing boat off a bank where she had gone with us in a N.W. gale.”

Hemingway House in Key West, Florida

Being a Floridian who frequents Key West, I’ve been to Hemingway’s house down there (a hell of a place) and of course to his old watering holes. I can tell you I’ve never seen this on any of the drink menus, or even heard it murmured among the locals. I guess the whole Absinthe thing keeps it from being commercially viable.

A few mentions…

For my South Florida fans, the Broward County Fair finishes up this weekend, with a classic car show on Saturday and rides open through Sunday. Check it out at

Also next Saturday, December 11, the City of Hollywood, FL will be having a Hawaiian Holiday at the ArtsPark. This is a free holiday-themed Polnesian show that will feature entertainers from Hollywood-based Ohana Arts. More info here.

With any luck, my Tiki lady & I will be at both events. I’ll be the guy in the Hawaiian shirt. Come up and say Aloha!

-Tiki Chris reporting from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar for Tiki Lounge Talk, the interwebs’ b-lounge for Tiki Culture fans and Retro Hep Cats, Daddy-O!

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