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  • Kalikimaka Cocktail, Christmas Punch & Pirate Eggnog: Your Tiki Bar Christmas Drink Recipes are here!

    Posted on December 23rd, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    kalikimaka cocktailEvery year I try to find some cool new drink recipe to feature for Christmas at the Tiki Bar. Last year I shared my own age-old Eggnog recipe, an easy concoction that starts with store-bought nog and goes crazy from there. I’m adding that in at the end of this post, but first here is this year’s featured cocktail,

    The Kalikimaka Cocktail

    1 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
    1/2 oz Kraken Dark Rum
    1 1/2 oz. mulled apple cider (Apple juice will do in a pinch)
    1/2 oz. cinnamon syrup (see below)
    1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
    1 dash bitters
    Cinnamon sticks

    Throw everything in a shaker with ice and shake it up good. Rim a martini glass lightly with cinnamon, and fill the glass with the chilled booze. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy the holidays!

    Cinnamon Syrup
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup water
    4 cinnamon sticks, broken into large pieces
    Bring everything to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 8-10 minutes until sugar has dissolved, stirring frequently. Let cool. Ditch the cinnamon sticks, strain into a clean glass jar and cover. Store refrigerated for up to two weeks.

    Chris’ Christmas Punch (Non-Alcoholic)

    There’s nothing worse for kids at Christmas than to watch the adults making special drinks that they aren’t allowed to have. So here’s something that both adults and kiddies will dig…

    1 liter Ginger Ale
    2 quarts Apple Cider or Juice
    1 cup orange juice
    oranges
    apples
    cinnamon
    cinnamon sticks
    nutmeg
    ice

    In a punchbowl, combine the ginger ale, juices, and ice. Add about a teaspoon of cinnamon and a half teaspoon of nutmeg and stir well. Slice oranges into wheels and apples into small cubes and float; sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Serve ice cold with a cinnamon stick. Deee-lish.

    eggnog1And of course, the infamous Eggnog.

    Keep out of reach of children.
    1 quart good quality store-bought eggnog
    About 1 1/2 cups Captain Morgan’s or Sailor Jerry Rum
    2 oz Coconut Rum
    1 tablespoon Cinnamon
    1 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Pour the nog into a large bottle and add all ingredients (start with ½ cup of rum and keep adding to taste). Shake vigorously and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.

    Hope this helps with your holiday parties! Merry Christmas!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from under the Christmas Tree at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Alcohol-Soaked Eggnog for a Very Merry Tiki Bar Christmas

    Posted on December 22nd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    eggnog1With Christmas just a few days away I thought I’d give you kats and kittens some retro Egg Nog recipes to get your Christmas shindigs really swingin’! After all, you can’t have a retro, mid-century-style Christmas affair without a generous amount of booze flowing. And the easiest way to get your guests sloshed is with a couple of cups of good, strong, traditional eggnog. With these recipes, even the most uptight conformists will have lampshades on their heads before Santa makes an appearance. But be warned…these concoctions have been known to make some guests disappear two-at-a-time (and sometimes three) to darkened, upstairs rooms while the party is in full swing in the parlor!

    Easy: Tiki Chris’ Pirate-Style Eggnog Recipe

    I’m kind of lazy when it comes to Eggnog, so my personal recipe is the kind that uses pre-made non-alcoholic nog kicked up with some good booze and spices.

    1 quart good quality store-bought eggnog
    About 1 1/2 cups Captain Morgan’s or Sailor Jerry Rum
    2 oz Coconut Rum
    1 tablespoon Cinnamon
    1 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Pour the nog into a large bottle and add all ingredients (start with ½ cup of rum and keep adding to taste). Shake vigorously and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving. That’s it…it’s delicious.eggnog2

    A little more involved: Vintage Style Eggnog Recipe, from Rumdood.com

    Thanks to Hurricane Hayward of TheAtomicGrog.com for turning me on to this kool Eggnog recipe. Check out his blog for lots of great recipes and more…and also check out RumDood’s post with four more great winter cocktail recipes.

    “Egg Nogg:
    .75 oz Brandy
    .75 oz Rum
    .5 oz Sugar
    3 oz Whole Milk or Heavy Cream
    1 Whole Egg


    Mix rum, brandy, sugar, egg, and milk in a mixing tin.  Fill the tin with ice and shake like your life depends on it. Strain into a glass or goblet and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.”

    Christmas Yule Eggnog: A complicated but well worth it vintage recipe.

    From the Old Mr. Boston Deluxe Official Bartender’s Guide (my version is from 1979, the recipe dates back to the late 19th Century:

    Beat first the yolks and then, in a separate bowl, the whites of one dozen eggs.
    Pour them together and add:

    1 pinch baking soda
    6 oz. gold rum
    2 lbs granulated sugar (yes, that’s two pounds)

    Beat into stiff batter. Then add:

    1 qt fresh milk
    1 qt sweet cream
    2 qts blended whiskey or bourbon

    Don't forget to have a tasty Camel cigarette with your Eggnog! Santa approved!

    Don't forget to have a tasty Camel cigarette with your Eggnog! Santa approved!

    Stir. Set in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, stir again and serve in punch cups with sprinkled nutmeg on top. Fannnntabulous stuff.

    That should keep you kids hammered through the holidays. Don’t forget, you can always add more booze if it’s not strong enough!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from under the Christmas Tree at Tiki Lounge Talk

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  • Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail: The Captain’s Eggnog Grog

    Posted on December 17th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    Eggnog in a Tiki Mug, with plenty of rum. mmmm.

    Eggnog in a Tiki Mug, with plenty of rum. mmmm.

    It’s that time of year when we start drinking raw eggs with alcohol mixed into them. I don’t know who started this krazy idea, but it stuck. Now, this kat right here isn’t adverse to cheating a little when it comes to building a drink that starts off with something that takes a lot of effort to create, so my infamous Eggnog Grog is more about what you add to the Nog than how you execute the Nog’s state of being, dig?

    The Captain’s Eggnog Grog

    Two quarts good, thick, old-fashioned pasteurized eggnog, preferably fresh (not canned)
    One Fifth Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
    One Cup Meyer’s Dark Rum
    One-half Cup Coconut Rum
    About Two Tablespoons Cinnamon
    About One Tablespoon Nutmeg
    One Dozen Chocolate Chip Cookies
    One rocks glass
    Tiki Mugs
    Cinnamon Sticks
    Star Fruit

    (Note: Be mindful of the date on the eggnog…the booze will kill off most germs for a while longer, but don’t take any chances with eggs!)

    I am making my batch as I type this so bear with me. Empty the nog into a large bowl for mixing. Pour a shot of Meyer’s into the rocks glass and taste. If it’s good, add Meyer’s Rum, Coconut Rum and spices. Stir. Now add a shot of Captain to the rocks glass and taste. It should be pretttty good, tooo. Blend in Captain Morgan to nog until it tastes really good. This will be about two cupsses. Period…periodical…aly…Ev’re coupla minitz test all rums for flavor. yum. stir in allla deez rums in the bowl and tessts for flabor. Pour into a ceramic gallonon jug and refrigfferate for at least toooo days before serving it out up to yer um guestsssz. Granish with a cimminin stik and a slize of starf root.

    Merfy Chrissmiss!

    -Tiki Chris repforting from under the tree at Tiki Loonge Talk.