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Announcing the First Annual Zombie Taste-Off at Tiki Oasis IV!
martiki
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From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2004-04-12 11:28 am   Permalink

Aloha to all!

It's time to decide: Which Zombie is king?

Here's my idea: Each mixology team will choose one of the many recipes/attempts to duplicate the Zombie and bring all the ingredients necessary to produce 5-10 of their drink. Each team will present their drink in small tasting glasses and people will sample each one and rate them on slips of paper. Votes will be tallied and the favorite formula will be announced. Remember that this is not a contest between mixologists, but rather a contest of recipes to see which Zombie is the overall crowd pleasing champ. We can do this on Saturday at Oasis, maybe late afternoon. I'll offer my room, or maybe we can find a bigger space at Caliente Tropics. Shouldn't take more than an hour.

What do people think? I'm just in the planning stages, so let me have some feedback. (I can see SCDs bullet-points already.) Don't worry about not choosing your favorite recipe- it's just about trying as many as possible. So don't feel bad about picking some "Shag Party" Zombie recipe or something.

Post to this thread your team name and which recipe you'll be bringing. DON'T commit to this unless you'll be there and will bring everything you need for your recipe.

I'll get the ball rolling: Team Martiki will be presenting the Don The Beachcomber Zombie from Intoxica. Think your recipe can stand up to the challenge? Bring it on!


 
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Iuka Grogg
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Posted: 2004-04-12 11:52 am   Permalink

Martiki, you got something here! Great idea. I'll be there with my tongue and taste buds intact. Let me figure out which recipe to present. Just please don't schedule this bonanza during The Maikai Gents' set!

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Swanky
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Posted: 2004-04-12 1:10 pm   Permalink

It could get a little costly. Why not keep the crowd down a little and ask a dollar or three to taste and vote? Then divide all the money amongst the mixers to cut their costs. Imagine if your recipe calls for El Dorado 12 year and Lemon Hart 151 and so on. Or get Otto in on it and get a time and space and make it a full on competition with money prizes. I don't know. I just like to see such things be subsidized for those making drinks, and at a low cost so people can try and everyone is happy.
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mrs. pineapple
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Posted: 2004-04-12 10:56 pm   Permalink

I'm in for $5 as a taster. I can't promise I'll be coherent by the end, but I'll slur some kind of recommendation after a few tastes...mmmmmmm pineapply, yummmy....ssssgoooodddddd, burp. YEAH! YOU GOT ANY CHIPS, MAN????
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Unga Bunga
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2004-04-12 11:07 pm   Permalink

I have a $100, no make it $200, betting that Mrs. Pinapple will make it past the 10th round of tasting.
Most of you will be gone by the 5th.
You kick ass Mrs. P !


 
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Doctor Z
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From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
Posted: 2004-04-13 01:08 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-04-12 11:28, martiki wrote:

Team Martiki will be presenting the Don The Beachcomber Zombie from Intoxica. Think your recipe can stand up to the challenge? Bring it on!




Well, that's the one I woulda used...


But there are other Zombie recipes you say? Hmmm...

This is going to be an interesting contest!
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martiki
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
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From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2004-04-13 08:18 am   Permalink

Well, we've already had two threads discussing the various Zombie recipes:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic-new.php?topic=3892&forum=1

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=727&forum=1&start=0

There's gotta be at least seven or more out there. I know I've got these versions:

-Intoxica by Jeff Berry
-Trader Vic's Book of Food and Drink -1946
-Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide -1947 (same)
-Tiki Drinks by Adam Rocke
-The World's Best Bartenders' Guide by Scott/Bain
-Hawai'i Tropical Rum Drinks and Cuisine by Don The Beachcomber by Bitner/Beach
-The Bartender's Guide by Peter Bohrmann
-The New New York Barternder's Guide by Sally Ann Berk
-and of course The Grog Log by Jeff Berry

Swanky, you raise some valid concerns, but here's my thinking. I don't want to open this tasting up to all of the Oasis guests. That would be madness, and I know (all too well) how people get when there's free booze. It would also require each person to buy a lot of booze to feed that many people. This is by TC members for TC members. If you make five regular Zombies, then pour them into tasting sized samples, you'd get about 30 tasters. That would probably be enough for this, and would use maybe 5-8 ounces of a Lemon Hart 151 for example, leaving you with plenty of extra. (Extra Lemon Hart has never been a problem for me). So you'll go home with most of your investment. I also don't want to offer a cash prize, because while mixology skills are required, the contest is about the drink, not who makes it. Each team could put out a tip jar which would offset the costs somewhat. I guess I just want to keep this a little on the small side and not make a big deal out of it- martiki's taking a break from big event planning for a bit, and needs this vacation to work through some SF Crawl PTSD issues.

But...none of this will much matter if no one else signs up for the contest, so let's see some names soon. Remember, the object is to offer as many different recipes as possible. Don't feel like you have to offer your favorite. In fact, some of the lesser known recipes have fewer and less expensive ingredients.

mahalo!


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CheekyGirl
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Joined: May 21, 2003
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2004-04-13 1:29 pm   Permalink

Sounds like a great idea to me!

Well, I've already started collecting booze for the Oasis, so I'm ready willing and able to volunteer to be a "mixologist" and/or "team player", etc. for this event.

I'm in for whatever is decided in terms of volunters, participants, etc., this sounds great!

Humm...any ladies up for an all girl team? "The Sarong Sistas"

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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2004-04-15 10:27 pm   Permalink

I have an idea. Get the teams together and mix it up! Then, have all the vendors do the sampling. I'm sure you will all get better deals on products if "they're all buzzed!" Like noon time!
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martiki
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Posted: 2004-04-16 10:32 am   Permalink

Well, the "great idea" has yielded 0 teams so far, so here's the last bump up the thread before I call this off.

 
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mrs. pineapple
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Posted: 2004-04-16 11:11 am   Permalink

we'll just crawl to room 211 and drink all your booze then. Oh wait, we'd have done that anyway...

we're putting a tip jar in our room for AIDS ride pledges. It's a secret what you'll get for your tips though....
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PiPhiRho
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Redondo Beach
Posted: 2004-04-16 11:40 am   Permalink

Great Idea! I'm in. I'll either mix my own recipe or I'll pick one of the others. Gotta find my copies of Grog Log and Intoxica. I also have a bottle of Laird's Applejack (horrid stuff!) that I can bring along.



 
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CheekyGirl
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Joined: May 21, 2003
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2004-04-16 7:09 pm   Permalink

Martiki! Damn! This is a great idea I don't want it to go by the wayside. I'm an organizational freak, so I offer my services, help, etc. Here's my idea which I respectfully offer:

Zombie Recipes

Someone that has access and/or has Zombie recipes: Please type them out and post them--ingredients and all.

Teams

Anyone interested please 1) post and confirm that you will be a Team Leader and chose several friends to help with the mixing--prior to the event. A recipe should be assigned by the Event Coordinator, and the team should bring all necessary ingredients.

Judges

If you'd like to be a judge, post that you want to be a judge. The Event Coordinator will write down all the submissions, pull names from a hat and inform the lucky winners.

Costs

There were a couple of suggestions about cost absorption on this thread. I know you can't sell booze without a license, but a donation or entry fee should be okay. Everyone should probably pay a reasonable amount, say $5 including judges and people who want to sample--all the entries. Teams can give an estimated cost expense and proceeds can be divided fairly accordingly--some items are more expensive than others.

Event Coordinator/Coordination

1) confirm participation of judges (who & how many
2) confirm participation of team/team leaders (who & how many)
3) randomly assign recipes to team leaders (since this is not a contest, it shouldn't matter what team is making what)
4) choose time and location for the event 5) Post and/or announce and/or make flyers as notification of event
6) provide and/or assign someone to:
a) bring chips/crackers for judges to cleanse palates between taste tests
b) if necessary arrange for folding tables or other mixing surface
c) identification tags and/or hats for Official Judges
d) prepare score sheets and bring pen & penclis for Judges
e) plastic cups for samples (suggest 6 oz cups -- for 3 oz samples
f) identification labels for drinks (suggest color coding dots)
g)assign someone to collect $5 for those participating & to reimburse mixing teams fairly

Of course, as you've mentioned none of this is possible without volunteers to judge/teams and submit recipes.

Well, that's my 5 bucks worth. I'm willing to put my moola where my mouth is and 1) be a team leader 2) bring a 6" table, if deemed necessary and/or help with whatever is required Martiki!

Sorry about being long-winded....but I think this would be great fun!


 
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CheekyGirl
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From: Like Oh My Gawd..San Fernando Valley
Posted: 2004-04-16 7:11 pm   Permalink

I just saw how long-winded I was up there -- someone hit me in a head with a rock!

 
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Posted: 2004-04-17 12:52 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-04-16 10:32, martiki wrote:
Well, the "great idea" has yielded 0 teams so far, so here's the last bump up the thread before I call this off.



Maybe because it's a little like Tiger Woods asking everyone if they're up for a round of golf.

I know it's supposed to be a contest of recipes and not mixing skills, but I, for one, am much too humble and shy to parade my pathetic mixology "skills" in front of The Amazing Martiki. Maybe if I were drunk first.....wait, is there a drinking contest before yours I can be a judge at?
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