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Cheapest/Easiest Tiki Drink for a Large Party
heylownine
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Posted: 2009-10-24 10:51 pm   Permalink

Personal experience says the Miehana recipe scales well by the pitcher. I have no reason to doubt it's ability to scale to a punchbowl.

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hiltiki
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Posted: 2013-10-24 08:29 am   Permalink

Just wondering if anyone had any new ideas for a punch style drink for about 20 people. this is for Halloween but doesn't have to be theme oriented.
Oh and easy to make yes but doesn't have to be a cheap drink.

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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2013-10-24 09:01 am   Permalink

I'm tossing in a suggestion based on some testing done last night at my home bar with a friend. He is also looking for something inexpensive and tasty to serve for a large group coming to his home in the next few weeks.

The "Fink Bomb" from Frankie's Tiki Room is relatively simple and flavorful. It is made with pineapple juice, Midori melon liqueur, coconut rum, and a gold rum float over ice. We took a road trip and found three versions of melon liqueur at Total Wine -- Midori $20, DeKuyper $12, and another low-end brand for $7. We decided to test with my Midori and also bought a bottle of the $7 liqueur. We made two cocktails and for both we used Cruzan coconut rum (very reasonable at around $13/bottle) along with Diplomatico gold rum for the float and swapped out only the melon liqueur.

Our conclusions were:
1) The low-end melon rum was sweeter and not as rich and thick as Midori, but we thought it would work well for non-experienced drinkers. The Cruzan coconut offered a good combination of flavor and low price and worked very well. The Diplomatico could be replaced by another less-expensive gold rum, but we didn't have the guts to go too cheap all the way around. The pineapple juice came from a Dole can and held up well.
2) There is NO SHAKING and NO GARNISH involved in making the drink. Add ice, then all the liquid ingredients. It tends to "layer" and looks attractive on its own. So this was very low-effort cocktail with a pleasant pineapple/coconut/melon blend.

Better ingredients yield better taste and texture, but this is definitely EASY. And it's relatively INEXPENSIVE if you buy lower-end melon liqueur and low-end gold rum.

The recipe is in the book "Liquid Vacation" from Frankie's Tiki Room.


 
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Sunny&Rummy
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Posted: 2013-10-24 09:07 am   Permalink

Tiare at A Mountain of Crushed Ice just posted a Wray and Nephew rum pumch from the recent UK Rum Festival (see link) that looks worthwhile. I'm going to spin this up over the weekend for sure, though I will be doubling the amount of rum. It's similar to a homespun Jamaican House Party Punch I am very fond of.

http://www.amountainofcrushedice.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Rumfest-2013-JWray-recipes1.jpg


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AdOrAdam
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Posted: 2013-10-24 09:46 am   Permalink

Fog cutters - make it to the right strenght & let people add their own ice

 
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TikiHardBop
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Posted: 2013-10-24 3:44 pm   Permalink

You might want to be careful using the Wray & Nephew around "civilians". It has a taste that newbies might not like.
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2013-10-24 4:36 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-10-04 11:29, Hale Tiki wrote:
Official Appleton Estates Rum Punch:

In a punch bowl, combine
1-750ml Appleton Estate V/X
1-750ml Coruba dark Jamaican rum
1-750ml Wray & Nephew white overproof rum
2L orange juice
2L pineapple juice
1 cup lime juice
1/2 cup grenadine and several dashes of Angostura bitters
Stir to mix and add a block of ice to chill. Serve in punch cups and garnish with fresh fruit.



 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-10-24 4:39 pm   Permalink

Here is my Kraken Killer recipe which is very easy to scale up

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On 2013-03-16 21:26, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
Here is my "Kraken Killer" recipe
I think this is better then the classic "Painkiller" which I am still a big fan of.

In a Cocktail Shaker, half filled with ice

2 oz. Kraken Rum
1 oz. Cruzan Coconut Rum
1 oz. Monin Coconut Syrup (I like this much better then Coco Lopez, which is lumpy & has a chalky after taste to it)
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice

Give it a good shaking, pour into a tall glass or mug of your choice with more ice
and dust with Nutmeg.

Now enjoy the hell out of it!
Please let me know if you prefer this over the classic recipe, most people I serve this to, do....







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Sunny&Rummy
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Posted: 2013-10-24 9:09 pm   Permalink

That Appleton Estates Rum Punch that Hale Tiki shared is very good.

Tried the J Wray Reggae Punch tonight made to recipe specs and it was good but needs to be tweaked cor balance. Used up all my Wray a d Nephew but when I get some more I will try this one again with 1.5x the rum and 0.75x the Jamaican strawberry syrup.


 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2013-10-25 6:52 pm   Permalink

Thank you all so much for great ideas. I will try to make some of these drinks and decide.

 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2013-10-29 06:28 am   Permalink

When I have a decent sized group, I mix a big batch of Rum Barrels. I use Myers's instead of Demerara. Everyone likes it, it is not hard to measure. It is a big drink that you can serve in smaller glasses full of ice and make it last longer. It improves with better ingredients, but it perfectly good off the shelf. Do get decent lime juice like the not from concentrate organic bottled if you don't want to fresh squeeze.

It has the classic simple/complex feature. You can enjoy it thoughtlessly and it is good, or you can tell them it has 10 ingredients and they can think about it and taste the depth.
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2013-10-29 06:31 am   Permalink

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On 2013-10-29 06:28, Swanky wrote:
When I have a decent sized group, I mix a big batch of Rum Barrels. I use Myers's instead of Demerara.



Good suggestion, Swanky!


 
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Kill Devil
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Posted: 2013-10-29 07:21 am   Permalink

Swanky - which Rum Barrel recipe? I recall a few variations

 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2013-10-29 08:52 am   Permalink

Don's I use Tiki+ a lot and it is there too.

It's a 9 oz. drink, which is pretty huge compared to most. It is basically double a normal recipe and is less than 50% booze, which again, isn't too bad for a Tiki drink. Ice cubes can help it to melt and dilute a bit faster to help that as well.
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Longboard
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Posted: 2013-10-29 2:32 pm   Permalink

Swanky,

It's funny but your right. Newbies love Meyers just as much as a great aged El Dorado.

I never waste the good stuff on Squares anymore.

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