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Any Tiki Bourbon drinkers here?
Freaky Torch
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Joined: Jul 25, 2013
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From: Mai Kai country
Posted: 2013-07-28 12:16 pm   Permalink

I have a tradition called Tiki Friday. After a hard week's work I light my two tiki torches in the backyard and listen to music while I drink my favorite beverage: Wild Turkey Bourbon. Is anyone else here a bourbon fan? I like a lot of different kinds of booze like Myers's rum, Plymouth gin, most tequillas, and lots of different beers...even dry red wines but I'm not a huge fan of fancy mixed drinks; especially if they are overly sweet. I used to make Manhattans but I eventually realized I like straight bourbon (with two ice cubes) just as much. Can tiki coexist with bourbon and beer? Those are my go to Tiki Friday drinks. Is anyone else here a bourbon and beer guy like me?

 
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Sunny&Rummy
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Joined: Jun 13, 2013
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From: Melbourne, FL
Posted: 2013-07-28 12:35 pm   Permalink

Crappy Kool-Aid and booze drinks that most people think of when you say 'Tiki Drink' are really nothing like a properly made classic Donn Beach and TRader Vic cocktails. Most of them have depth and balance and not just sickly sweetness.

But I like my whisky/whiskey as well, and of course I won't pass up a good beer. I usually prefer rye to bourbon (certainly in a Manhattan), but I quite like sipping a nice bourbon as well.

If you want to try a good (and strong) tiki drink that uses bourbon, try a Tropical Itch. Most recipes include dark Jamaican and overproof rums, bourbon, passionfruit juice, orange Curacao and bitters. Had Ohana's version pf this last week at Disney's Polynesian Hotel last week (they call it the Backscratcher) and it was pretty good.


 
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Freaky Torch
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From: Mai Kai country
Posted: 2013-07-28 12:40 pm   Permalink

Interesting. I'll have to try that. I was visiting the Polynesian two weeks ago...I wish I knew about that drink then.

 
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happy buddha
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Joined: Sep 13, 2008
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Posted: 2013-07-28 12:50 pm   Permalink

So what exactly is Tiki about your Fridays? The torches?

'Fancy' and 'overly sweet' are two of the most common fallacies about true tiki cocktails. Do yourself a favor and actually mix one up (using better rums than Myers). I bet you'll be leaving that bottle of wild turkey on the bottom shelf next Friday...


 
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Freaky Torch
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From: Mai Kai country
Posted: 2013-07-28 1:00 pm   Permalink

I doubt it but I'll try some suggestions.

 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-07-28 1:18 pm   Permalink

Trader Sam's serves a rather potent Shipwreck on the Rocks which is bourbon based. When you order it the lights dim, thunder, rain and lightening effects go off and a large ship in a bottle sinks. It's quite impressive.
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Freaky Torch
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From: Mai Kai country
Posted: 2013-07-28 1:27 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-28 13:18, tikilongbeach wrote:
Trader Sam's serves a rather potent Shipwreck on the Rocks which is bourbon based. When you order it the lights dim, thunder, rain and lightening effects go off and a large ship in a bottle sinks. It's quite impressive.





Too bad they don't have a Trader Sam's in WDW. I live in Florida.


 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-07-28 1:28 pm   Permalink

Here's a youtube video of it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJGZZdaUkEs



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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-07-28 1:32 pm   Permalink

I like a nice "Old Fashioned" as much as a good Mai Tai
but it is all about the quality booze.


 
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Freaky Torch
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From: Mai Kai country
Posted: 2013-07-28 1:35 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-28 13:28, tikilongbeach wrote:
Here's a youtube video of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJGZZdaUkEs





That was really cool! Thanks for sharing it.


 
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Freaky Torch
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From: Mai Kai country
Posted: 2013-07-28 1:41 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-28 13:32, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
I like a nice "Old Fashioned" as much as a good Mai Tai
but it is all about the quality booze.




I'm 45 so I've been drinking for a while. I've tried all kinds of booze and I agree with you about quality to a point. I've tried some premium bourbons and I was disappointed; I didn't like them any better the WT101 and they were about twice as expensive. For me there is a ratio of price to enjoyment and Wild Turkey perfectly fits that formula. I don't really want to like a super premium liquor because I can't afford it anyway. Happy Buddah also mentioned I'd need a better rum than Myers...I'm not interested in buying above price point.

[ This Message was edited by: Freaky Torch 2013-07-28 13:41 ]

[ This Message was edited by: Freaky Torch 2013-07-28 13:42 ]


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-07-28 1:58 pm   Permalink

You have not had a good "Tiki" drink like a good Mai Tai
until you have had it with real good rum

it is the difference of a McDonald's Hamburger to an aged Steak
one might argue it's all beef? but that person probably has no taste.

I myself think the quality & taste of the new whiskey's to be very good.



 
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thePorpoise
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2013-07-28 2:08 pm   Permalink

where are you located in FLA, Freaky Torch?

 
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Freaky Torch
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From: Mai Kai country
Posted: 2013-07-28 2:16 pm   Permalink

I like steak a lot but I've never had an aged steak. Yet I also like a McDonald's hamburger from time to time. I don't believe you have to spend top dollar to enjoy a drink. If that is required then it's not for me anyway. Bringing it back to bourbon, I've had cheap ones like Old Crow or Ten High and I don't enjoy them as much as I do Wild Turkey. Yet I've spent more than WT money on so called "good" bourbon and enjoyed them less than the WT. My point is, I know what I like. I also know what I'm willing to spend. Fruit juice in my drinks is not really what I like, no matter how good the liquor is. Simply put, I like to taste the booze in my booze.

 
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Freaky Torch
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From: Mai Kai country
Posted: 2013-07-28 2:17 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-28 14:08, thePorpoise wrote:
where are you located in FLA, Freaky Torch?



Fort Liquordale~


 
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