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The Hukilau presents The Master Mixologist Rum Barrel Challenge - Official thread
TikiHardBop
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Posted: 2011-05-25 09:45 am   Permalink

Tell me about it. My ingredient list includes the tears of a virgin, clippings from Beachbum Berry's beard and a blooming corpse flower garnish.
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2011-05-27 12:12 am   Permalink

I prefer the Bum's Beard Tincture since it dilutes a bit easier than the clippings.

 
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TikiHardBop
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Posted: 2011-05-27 09:33 am   Permalink

And that's on the liquor store shelf right next to the Montanya rum?

As an aside, TornadoTiki found herself in Colorado yesterday during her storm-chasing adventures and she failed to find any Montanya rum in the two liquor stores she tried in Greeley!


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2011-05-27 5:34 pm   Permalink

Let's hope The Hukilau provides Montanya with a springboard to nationwide dominance. I suppose craft rums are like craft beers. They're always going to be a little hard to find.

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2011-05-29 11:23 am   Permalink

We interrupt this thread with an important announcement:

We have a new competitor joining the Master Mixologist Cocktail Challenge: Joe Desmond (aka Leisure Master) will replace Ken Kanaka, who won't be able to make it to The Hukilau this year.

The obligatory bio:

Joe is head barman at New York's Famous Rhum Rhum Room, which exists only in his imagination (and among a growing circle of friends). He and his wife, Nicole, are veterans of six Hukilaus and are hopeful their many Mai-Kai "research" trips serve them well.

Aloha and welcome aboard Joe!



 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2011-06-02 5:22 pm   Permalink

Our master mixologists have created some bad-ass Barrels for next week's contest. Get ready for:

The Powderkeg
Jack Sparrow's Rum Barrel
The Rhum Rhum Barrel
Admiral Vernon's Flagship
The Rain Barrel

Don't miss the excitement Thursday night at the Bahia Cabana on the main stage, immediately following performances by The Intoxicators and The Tikiyaki Orchestra.


 
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TikiHardBop
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Posted: 2011-06-02 6:21 pm   Permalink

The Rain Barrel sounds like a winner to me!

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2011-06-03 2:48 pm   Permalink

We stand corrected:

The Rhum Rhum Barrel will actually be called the Moon Barrel.

Check back after the contest for all the recipes!


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2011-06-10 5:10 pm   Permalink

The Hukilau crowns a Rum Barrel Master Mixologist

The Hukilau kicked off with a bang as five tropical drink mixologists created their own take on the classic Rum Barrel, squaring off live on stage at the Bahia Cabana Beach Resort.

Using predetermined sponsor rums and mixers, plus other ingredients of their choice, they each had seven minutes to make one fully-garnished drink plus samples for the judges. Hosted by author and tropical drink historian Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, the contest was a combination of cocktail seminar and Tiki party, with colorful drinks made in rapid-fire precision by the contestants and passed around the judging table.


Many rum barrel samples later, the judges tally their votes

Judging the contest were some of the top rum authorities in the world: UK Rumfest organizer Ian Burrell, San Francisco bar owner Martin Cate, journalist and author Wayne Curtis and New Orleans rum historian Stephen Remsberg. The Rum Barrel Challenge judges (aka the Rum Rat Pack) will also be participating in Beachbum Berry's "Rumposium" special event on Saturday, June 11, at The Mai-Kai.

The Rum Barrel Challenge was sponsored by Montanya Rum and Fee Brothers, and both products were incorporated into all the drinks. Judges rated each drink on its originality, creativity, adherence to the theme, use of the required ingredients, taste (including balance and use of rums), and presentation.

After 90 minutes of mixing and a lot of repartee, the judges reached a verdict. The winner of the Master Mixologist Cocktail Challenge is ...

Joe Desmond of New York's Famous Rhum Rhum Room (Joe and wife Nicole's acclaimed home bar) with his creation, The Moon Barrel. His grand prize was a custom-sculpted, hand-carved muddler by South Florida Tiki carver Tom Fowner. He also received a Mai-Kai gift certificate.


Joe Desmond (with wife Nicole) accepts the grand prize, a custom sculpted mudder

Joe edged out the defending Master Mixologist champion, Grady Johnson, who came in second with his Admiral Vernon's Flagship. The other runners-up were Blair Frodelius, Pablus, and George Jenkins.

Check out our blog for more photos plus all the drink receipes:

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2011/06/10/the-hukilau-crowns-a-rum-barrel-master-mixologist/


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GatorRob
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Posted: 2011-06-10 6:09 pm   Permalink

Thanks for posting the results Jim, for those of us not there. Guess I'm off to mix up Joe's (congrats on the win Joe) Moon Barrel. That is, as soon as I figure out what the hell Peach Lambic beer is...

 
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suzanne
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Posted: 2011-06-10 6:21 pm   Permalink

Awesome! Congrats Joe and Nicole!

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-06-11 01:35 am   Permalink

Congratulations Joe and Nicole, a crowning achievement after so many years dedicated to the science of rums and their cocktails. And not a small feat with a limited palette of sponsor rums, I bet. What a rewarding acknowledgment by such a distinguished panel of rumologists!

 
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WestADad
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Posted: 2011-06-11 07:20 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-05-24 18:18, pablus wrote:
One of my ingredients has to be...... a quarter ounce of sea water filtered through snow leopard skin.




Damn, can't help you. My sea water is filtered through leopard seal skin.

Sorry!



 
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The Granite Tiki
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Posted: 2011-06-11 07:26 am   Permalink

Way to go Joe!!!!

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2011-06-11 08:31 am   Permalink

One of our distinguished judges, Wayne Curtis, has posted a great blog on the event:

http://slowcocktails.squarespace.com/dispatches/2011/6/10/hukilau-report-moon-barrel-takes-tiki-drink-competition.html?printerFriendly=true




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