From the Coconut Cucumber Mojito and the Honeydew Daiquiri to the Nutty Samoan and the Tahiti Spice Tikitini, these sexy, innovative drinks from Lynn Calvo, owner of Lynn’s Hula Hut in Montauk, New York, will take your tiki experience to the next level.
Lynn has come a long way from making lemonade to earn pocket money and has been bartending since before it was legal for her to drink in the US. She operated a mobile tiki bar and traveled the world before returning to her native Montauk and she is an expert on all things tiki. From this book you’ll learn all about; tiki culture; the essential bar tools and techniques; how to make your own irrestistible infusions, purees and syrups; the best drinks for your next tropical gathering; and décor tips to create the perfect setting. One sip of these amazing drinks will transport you instantly to a seaside hammock or a sandy beach and make you feel like a born islander.
There are a ton of interesting drinks to try and instructions on how to make some fantastic sounding purees to use in them – Smoked Pineapple and Sage Puree for example which goes into the intreguingly named Mexican Snake Charmer cocktail. Or you could make your own Pineapple Vanilla Vodka, as I did, to make the delicious Tahitian Lemon Drop and the longer Mellow Yellow cocktail.
Mellow Yellow Cocktail
60ml homemade pineapple #vodka
30ml pineapple juice
5ml lime juice
Fever Tree Ginger Ale
Fill a glass with ice, add vodka and both juices. Top with the ginger ale and garnish with a vanilla pod and pineapple.
Tahitian Lemon Drop Cocktail
45ml Pineapple Vanilla Vodka
10ml triple sec
15ml lemon juice
Decorate the glass rim with sugar. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into the glass. Add a slice of lemon if you have a whim to do so; else serve unadorned.
Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Calvo calls for Tuaca (A premium amber-gold liqueur made with brandy, vanilla essence and citrus fruits and said to originate from a 16th century recipe by Lorenzo di Medici. Whisky Exchange) rather than limoncello but that is all I had.
Pineapple Vanilla Vodka
To make this flavoured vodka to use in the above two cocktails, steep a cut pineapple and a slit vanilla pod in a bottle of vodka for a week, at least. You could use tinned pineapple in natural juice rather than a fresh pineapple. It is what I did and tasted fine.
Tiki With A Twist by Lynn Clavo is available from Amazon for £11.30.
“One sip of these amazing drinks will transport you instantly to a seaside hammock or a sandy beach and make you feel like a born islander”