It’s Time for a “Paid Vacation”

This summer has been a hot one. As the mercury rises, we often reach for summertime classics like margaritas, mojitos and mules.

But this summer I encourage you to give Tiki a try.

If an artless, artificial, sugary mess is the first thing you think of when you think of Tiki, you’re not alone. Tiki drinks have gotten a bad rap. Short cuts run rampant: fresh juices often get replaced by sugary mixers and finer liqueurs are foregone in favor of cheep booze. But, made properly, these tropical drinks can achieve the pinnacle of balance: soury-sweet accented by bitterness and spice.

How does one accomplish such righteous flavor equilibrium ? Weird ingredients, that’s how. I’ve seen recipes calling for such foreign concoctions as Pimento Dram and Falernum. Retro standbys like Benedictine, Cherry Heering, Orgeat Syrup and Curacao are also known to make appearances.

The most often bastardized members of the Tiki family tree include the Mai Tai, Scorpion Bowl, Fog Cutter, Blue Hawaiian, Zombie and Singapore Sling. But fear not. The art of Tiki is making a comeback, thanks to the efforts of this master:

So here is my offering to Jeff “Beachbum” Berry. You may note that the recipe calls for Orgeat Syrup. Though the mixology movement gets off on hand-crafting its own ingredients, I suggest using the prepared stuff. I like Collins brand.

In the course of developing this beverage, many rejects were drunk.  On to the cocktail. You’re welcome.

Paid Vacation

  • 1 ounce Gold Rum
  • 1 ounce White Rum
  • 3 ounces Pineapple Juice (refrigerated is better than the nonsense in the cans.)
  • 1 ounce Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (FYI if your lime is plastic it’s not fresh.)
  • ¾ ounce Orgeat Syrup
  • ¼ ounce Apricot Brandy

Pour all ingredients into an iced shaker and shake vigorously until frosty. Strain into a large glass filled with crushed ice. (Hurricane, Piña Colada or even a larger highball glass all work well.) Garnish with one of those famous little umbrellas and a lime.

Sit back, relax and enjoy. Few things in life are better than a paid vacation.

A vacation worth looking forward to

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