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The recipe for Trader Sam's Gorilla Grog?
jj69
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Posted: 2017-01-24 8:17 pm   Permalink

I know it's officially a closely guarded secret, but I've seen some discussion of reverse-engineered recipes online. Just wondering what people here consider the recipe that is closest to the original?

Here's the one I'm working with at the moment, which I found somewhere online:

1 oz Passion Fruit juice
1 oz Orange juice (no pulp)
1 oz Guava juice
1 oz Pineapple juice
1 oz Lemon juice
.5 oz. B.G. Reynolds Orgeat
.5 oz. B.G. Reynolds Falernum

I'm told Trader Sam's does use the B.G. Reynolds brand syrups, and I think I have the other ingredients correct. Just not sure about the proportions.

Anyone know more?


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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2017-01-25 01:01 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-01-24 20:17, jj69 wrote:
I know it's officially a closely guarded secret, but I've seen some discussion of reverse-engineered recipes online. Just wondering what people here consider the recipe that is closest to the original?


Anyone know more?
JJ, I know it needs rum. : ^)
Please post more
Mahalo
Btw, might be a bit too much Lemon juice, Im gonna mess with your recipe-should be fun.


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jj69
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Posted: 2017-01-25 5:40 pm   Permalink

> JJ, I know it needs rum. : ^)
> Please post more
> Mahalo
> Btw, might be a bit too much Lemon juice, Im gonna mess with your recipe-should be fun.


I've actually been trying to recreate Sam's "Shrunken Zombie Head" drink. The recipe I have (which I believe is from one of the recipe cards given out at the "Behind the Scenes" events last fall) is as follows:

- 3 oz Gorilla Grog
- .75 oz Bacardi 8 Year rum
- .75 oz Appleton Reserve rum
- .5 oz Gosling 151 rum

The Bacardi 8 Year was technically discontinued late last year, so if you like it, grab it while you still can.


 
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jj69
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Posted: 2017-01-25 5:43 pm   Permalink

One thing I don't understand (and keep in mind I'm new to Tiki) is that the recipe I posted above makes a drink of just 5 oz! Is that considered a full sized drink? These tiki mugs are big - maybe 16 oz, and I realize there is a LOT of ice in each drink, but how could 5 oz of liquid possibly fill the whole glass? Do the bartenders add extra Grog to complete the drink, or am I missing something?



 
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Posted: 2017-01-26 10:42 am   Permalink

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The Bacardi 8 Year was technically discontinued late last year, so if you like it, grab it while you still can.




Holy crap - I had no idea. Gonna clear out the local tonight, then.


 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2017-01-26 2:08 pm   Permalink

This is the second time I've heard Bacardi 8 being discontinued but haven't seen anything in Google search results. Can anybody confirm?
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jj69
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Posted: 2017-01-26 7:43 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-01-26 14:08, kkocka wrote:
This is the second time I've heard Bacardi 8 being discontinued but haven't seen anything in Google search results. Can anybody confirm?




Perhaps it's regional? I'm in the northeast.


 
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heylownine
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Posted: 2017-01-26 9:30 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-01-26 14:08, kkocka wrote:
This is the second time I've heard Bacardi 8 being discontinued but haven't seen anything in Google search results. Can anybody confirm?




If it's been discontinued, no one told the Bacardi marketing team. It's still listed on their website, unlike the maligned Bacardi 151. I know that you can't simply rely on a corporate site for completely accurate information, but I haven't seen evidence that Bacardi 8 had been discontinued.

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Posted: 2017-01-26 11:30 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-01-25 17:40, jj69 wrote:
> JJ, I know it needs rum. : ^)
> Please post more
> Mahalo
> Btw, might be a bit too much Lemon juice, Im gonna mess with your recipe-should be fun.


I've actually been trying to recreate Sam's "Shrunken Zombie Head" drink. The recipe I have (which I believe is from one of the recipe cards given out at the "Behind the Scenes" events last fall) is as follows:





Mahalo JJ..


 
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Posted: 2018-01-02 01:43 am   Permalink

I visited in November and the bartender told me they use B.G. Reynolds syrups.

 
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blacksheep uncle
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Posted: 2018-01-24 3:37 pm   Permalink

When I came up with that Gorilla Grog recipe I had a hard time with the lemon juice quantity too, I went up and down with it until a Krakatoa tasted about right, 1oz of lemon seemed do the trick for me, but 1/2oz seems to work too.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2018-03-04 11:00 pm   Permalink

Since the official recipe apparently hasn't been leaked we may never know for sure but here's what I have used in my Krakatoa Punch. Like you JJ, I found it somewhere on line and I'm not sure where
1 oz Passion Fruit juice
1 oz Orange juice
1 oz Guava juice
1 oz Pineapple juice
2 oz Lemon juice
.25 oz. Orgeat
.25 oz. Falernum
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blacksheep uncle
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Posted: 2018-04-12 3:06 pm   Permalink

I think that was my reverse engineering.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=45752&forum=10

And I think that if you use good, fresh lemon juice 2.oz may be a bit too much, when I was doing the initial work I had crummy dried-up lemons.

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kkocka
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Posted: 2018-04-13 09:51 am   Permalink

Reminder there's no sign of orgeat in Gorilla Grog - falernum, yes, but no orgeat.
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Posted: 2018-05-07 07:36 am   Permalink

Thanks for sharing this! I'll have to gather the juices and give it a shot.

 
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