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  • Warm Kona Sunrise: Your Weekend Tiki Bar Cocktail Recipe

    Posted on February 17th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    kona-sunriseThis coffee drink is sort of like an Irish Coffee that decided to vacation in Hawaii. The liquors blend nicely together with strong Kona coffee, and will have you warmed up in no time on a cold February night. Of course if you live in the sub-tropics like ol’ Tiki Chris does, you can serve it cold on a hot February night.

    3 to 4 oz. Kona Coffee
    1 oz. Vodka
    0.5 oz. coffee liqueur
    0.5 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream
    splash cream to taste
    splash Sambuca
    Whipped Cream

    Starting with the coffee, pour all ingredients into a coffee or Tiki mug and stir gently, then top off with a splash of Sambuca and cream. Add whipped cream (real, not Cool Whip!) and sprinkle a little nutmeg on top. This is a great drink to have with rum-based desserts.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the Coffee Shop at Tiki Lounge Talk, the swingin’ Tiki blog for Tikiphiles and Retro Hep Cats!

  • Flaming Kona Coffee Grog: Your Tiki Cocktail for the Weekend

    Posted on December 10th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    flaming-kona-coffee-grogNothing says “Tiki” like a flaming skull full of Hawaiian coffee and 70%-alcohol rum. Just watching the tanned girl in the sarong pouring that blue flame of 151 into the mug from two feet above in the darkened corner of the Tiki Bar is enough to get my engine revving up something fierce. And once that hot concoction goes down…man, oh man! Heaven, Daddy-O.

    Flaming Kona Coffee Grog

    There are several recipes floating around for this coffee cocktail. The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale makes an incredible version, but they guard their secret recipe like gold (even if I could find it, I wouldn’t post out of respect for them). But I think Beach Bum Berry’s recipe really hits the spot. Maybe not the easiest drink to make, but hell, if they were easy, they would be really be exotic. Here it is:

    “3 teaspoons coconut cream
    ¼ oz Grand Marnier
    twist of orange peel
    twist of lemon peel
    2 whole cloves
    ¾ oz 151º Demerara rum
    hot black Kona coffee (except no imitations)
    cinnamon stick

    Turn out the lights, except for enough lit candles to set the mood. Warm cloves, peels, Grand Marnier and rum in a Pyrex dish (or that fancy little pitcher made for such drinks) and ignite. Place coconut cream in Tiki skull mug, then add hot coffee and stir. Carefully spoon the flaming mixture on top; play with the flame a little to make a good show, and stir with cinnamon stick. Make sure you put out the flame before serving to already-drunk friends.

    -Tiki Chris P reporting from the darkened corner of the mysterious Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, South Florida