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Serious Eats: Tiki 101: A Beginner's Guide
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Joined: Mar 31, 2009
Posts: 417
From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2014-04-05 12:37 am   Permalink

Serious Eats has a Tiki 101 up on it's site. Thoughts?


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Joined: Jun 23, 2006
Posts: 464
From: Stuart, Florida
Posted: 2014-04-05 06:44 am   Permalink

It's an interesting treatment and named appropriately. The author lays down all the basics and points the beginner in the right directions. For those of us active in this forum it's a little Ho-Hum because we already know everything as stated in the writing but to the beginner, this may be a real eye-opener and I'm sure, get more people interested in Tiki.

Nicely done in my opinion.
I bet you feel more like you do now now than you did when you came in.


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Joined: Jun 16, 2013
Posts: 630
From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2014-04-05 10:18 am   Permalink

I agree its a nice article but not so much use I think:

Why do articles always jump to the $100 mai tai? Yes, perhaps it is the 'king' of tiki drinks but if some said 'go spend $100+ to get started' Id blanch at the idea.

My practical advice to 'get started' would be:

Buy a PR style rum & a dark Jamaican rum (e.g. Flor De Cana & Coruba), some lime & some sugar. Whatever else you have you will need these ~ approx $40?

Google 'sugar syrup'. Make. Google 'Daiquiri' & 'Planters Punch, One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak'. Find drink recipes, make & enjoy. This can be skipped but if you make a few classics you'll appreciate the balance in later drinks.

Buy the Tiki+ app or Beachbum Berry Remixed ~ total cost $5 to $25?

Browse the recipes. Pick up some new ingredients (eg. lemon, orange, passionfruit syrup, orgeat, Coco Lopez, falernum, etc) required to make a drink you fancy - $10?

If you enjoyed that, repeat purchase citrus fruit, continue browsing the recipes & occasionally new buy ingredients...

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