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Any Tiki Bourbon drinkers here?
Limbo Lizard
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Joined: Aug 24, 2006
Posts: 683
From: Aboard the 'Leaky Tiki', Dallas
Posted: 2013-07-28 5:59 pm   Permalink

The Mai Tai has been one of my favorite drinks for decades. I also like bourbon, but I don't really care for the Honi Honi (same recipe as M.T., except sub bourbon for rum). A couple years ago I experimented, paring back the ingredients, and settled on a simpler drink with bourbon that I like a lot. I called it a "Beau Tai" - pretty much a variation of a whiskey sour:

Beau Tai
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice (1 medium lime)
1/2 ounce simple syrup (to taste; I use less)
2 ounces bourbon
Dash of Fee Brothers Old fashioned Aromatic Bitters

Dash bitters into empty old fashioned glass. Shake other ingredients with ice, pour into glass.

In a pinch, sub Angostura bitters, I suppose. But the Fee Bros. has a more prominent cinnamon taste that really enhances the appeal for me. When I describe and offer this drink to my bourbon-drinking friends, they've always seemed apprehensive. And then they ask for another, and the recipe. They say they never would have thought lime and cinnamon could do anything but hurt good bourbon.

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Freaky Torch
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Joined: Jul 25, 2013
Posts: 20
From: Mai Kai country
Posted: 2013-07-28 7:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-28 17:59, Limbo Lizard wrote:
The Mai Tai has been one of my favorite drinks for decades. I also like bourbon, but I don't really care for the Honi Honi (same recipe as M.T., except sub bourbon for rum). A couple years ago I experimented, paring back the ingredients, and settled on a simpler drink with bourbon that I like a lot. I called it a "Beau Tai" - pretty much a variation of a whiskey sour:

Beau Tai
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice (1 medium lime)
1/2 ounce simple syrup (to taste; I use less)
2 ounces bourbon
Dash of Fee Brothers Old fashioned Aromatic Bitters

Dash bitters into empty old fashioned glass. Shake other ingredients with ice, pour into glass.

In a pinch, sub Angostura bitters, I suppose. But the Fee Bros. has a more prominent cinnamon taste that really enhances the appeal for me. When I describe and offer this drink to my bourbon-drinking friends, they've always seemed apprehensive. And then they ask for another, and the recipe. They say they never would have thought lime and cinnamon could do anything but hurt good bourbon.


That sounds like another recipe I'm going to have to try. Thanks for your input.


 
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Sunny&Rummy
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Joined: Jun 13, 2013
Posts: 456
From: Melbourne, FL
Posted: 2013-07-28 8:24 pm   Permalink

Another burbon and rye Mai Tai riff along the lines of the Honi Honi is Smuggler Cove's Bluegrass Mai Tai. Excellent drink.

1 oz Bourbon (Wild Turkey 81)
1 oz Bonded Rye (Rittenhouse 100)
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Orgeat
1 oz Lemon Juice

You could probably flip the standard proof bourbon for your WT 101 and go with a standard proof rye instead and still make a great drink.

I wholeheartedly agree with the opinion that Coruba is orders of magnitude better than Meyers. I consider Coruba to be one of the absolutely essential mixing rums, but I could happily live the rest of my life without ever tasting Meyers again.


 
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Kill Devil
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Joined: Feb 16, 2011
Posts: 248
From: Chicago
Posted: 2013-07-29 07:11 am   Permalink

I believe Hawaiian master bartender Harry Yee's "Tropical Itch" had bourbon, along with dark Jamaican and 151 Demerara.

By the way, I think we need MORE posting on this list, and we should encourage discussion, even if it occasionally involves wildly off-topic insanity like beer or bourbon.


 
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Freaky Torch
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Joined: Jul 25, 2013
Posts: 20
From: Mai Kai country
Posted: 2013-07-29 07:17 am   Permalink

The second post in this thread mentioned the Tropical Itch.

 
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AdOrAdam
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Joined: Jun 16, 2013
Posts: 393
From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2013-07-29 10:20 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-07-28 12:16, Freaky Torch wrote:
Can tiki coexist with bourbon and beer?

On 2013-07-28 12:16, Freaky Torch wrote:
I have a tradition called Tiki Friday. After a hard week's work After a hard week's work I light my two tiki torches in the backyard and listen to music while I drink...


It sounds like it does Have whatever you fancy!

I have a buddy who loves whiskey - Ive been making him different drinks & I think he has enjoyed:

Cocktail night one = Manhattan, Horses Neck, Rum Boston Sour & Rum Old Fashioned.
Cocktail night two = Hemmingway Diaquiri, Dark & Stormy, Falernum Swizzle, Mai Tai, Sazerac, Ron Zacapa 23
Cocktail night three = Beer, my Rum Punch, Cuba Libre, Navy Grog, Three Dots, Rye Old Fashioned, Appleton 12

He also tried a load more, most went down well that sort of progression might suit you?

I love Old Fashioned & Sazeracs but Im not a fan of tiki whiskey drinks.


 
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