May27

Are You a Lurker?

Scorpion Bowl

It’s de-lurking day again! The day where all you shy, non-commenting imbibers get to introduce yourself and, if lucky, win yourself something. Last year we had an overwhelming number of new posters poking their heads out from behind the tiki bar. Can we do better this year?

How do you know if you’re a lurker? Well, for a start, I used to be one. And according to my stats, 75% of you still are.

Let us imagine together …

You are sitting at your computer sipping a tasty concoction, one of your standbys, and going through your list of bookmarked cocktail blogs. You scan headlines looking for new posts, noting interesting drinks, and if something really catches your eye, you’ll skim through the post.

During this process, you’ll probably find a new cocktail that you haven’t tried or an interesting post that you could add some insight to. You make a mental note and move on, telling yourself you’ll come back when you have more time. Or maybe you’re shy and don’t often post in the comments, if ever.

If the above sounds familiar, you’re a lurker. And it’s time to scroll down to that comment box and de-lurk.

Make my tummy all warm inside like a Scorpion Bowl (see recipe below), and say hello.

How Do I De-Lurk?

  • Post a comment.
  • Tell me who you are.
  • Tell me what your favorite drink is, and post the recipe.
  • Say anything else you want.

To encourage all you lurkers out there to comment, I’ll be giving away a copy of Beachbum Berry’s Sippin Safari’ to three of you. You have to be a first-time poster to win, and your drink has to be tasty. Regular posters, make sure to chime in and greet the newcomers.

Steve Crane’s Scorpion Bowl

  • 1oz lime juice
  • 2oz orange juice
  • 2oz gold Puerto Rican rum (used Bacardi 8 or Cruzan Estate Dark)
  • 2oz gin (used Tanqueray)
  • 1oz cognac (used Salignac)
  • 1oz simple syrup
  • 3/4oz orgeat syrup
  • 8oz crushed ice

Blend with vigor for 3 seconds, pour into an enormous glass and add crushed ice to fill. Garnish with whatever suits your fancy; poisonous flowers preferred.

Source: Bob Esmino, Steve Crane’s former bar manager, via Jeff “Beachbum” Berry

(I used a lemon round because I accidentally used lemon instead of lime… equally delicious!)

If you imbibe even one of these delicious monsters, and you’re still to shy to post, all hope may be lost. The Bum kindly sent me this “secret” recipe for the Scorpion Bowl recipe comparison I’m working on. I’ll have much more detail in an upcoming post, but I wanted to give you a treat while you waited.

Mahalo!


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  1. gertNo Gravatar says:

    Okidoki then: I’m gert, and I used to be a lurker. I like to make drinks in the comfort of my own home, for myself, my partner and our friends. I’m interested in “classic” cocktails and I really like the Manhattan, Bijou or a Japanese (with home made Orgeat). Every now and then I try a “faux tropical” drink and I was extremely pleased with the first ever batch of Falernum I made. I’m currently reading Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari and Gary Regan’s The Joy of Mixology. Both are awesome books!

    Manhattan: 2oz Bourbon, 1/2oz sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters (I use Angostura)
    Bijou: equal parts (1oz) gin, Chartreuse and sweet vermouth, and a dash of orange bitters
    Japanese: 2oz Brandy, 1/2oz Orgeat, dash of bitters

    As you may have guessed, I really like bitters :)

  2. Hi, my name’s Chris, and I’m a lurker. *Hi Chris!* I’m a twentysomething in Wisconsin, I work for a third party medical billing company, and I love all things Tiki. I just bought several of Beachbum Berry’s books, mainly because I’ve been tasked with coming up with Tiki drinks for my friend Kevin’s Independence Day party… we’ve settled on the 1950 Zombie recipe, the Blue Hawaii, and the shrunken Skull…and then for a non-rum drink, I’m using a lemon frappé recipe I found somewhere with Hendrick’s Gin and Danny Devito’s Limoncello, plus some fresh lemon juice and lemon seltzer, plus a squirt of pineapple mango syrup.

    I just like experimenting and mixing crap together, really. Oh, and I really want to make falernum and pimiento dram, one of these days…

    Will that suffice for delurkifying?

  3. I’m not sure if I’ve commented here before or not so I’ll de-lurk just to be safe. *HI*

  4. PaulNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not a lurker, but I’m bad at replying to your e-mails–does that count?

  5. RaniNo Gravatar says:

    Hi I’m Rani. I was the one who came second on the ‘Mixology Monday logo’ competition and here I am ‘de-lurking’. I have been checking out your blog for a few months now and thoroughly enjoy it.

    Funnily enough the first drink I tried was and is my favourite, the Sidecar. I was introduced to this cocktail through Robert Hess’ ‘Cocktail Spirit’. Since then I’ve tried a number of variations of the cocktail (the French recipe, the recipe from Death & Co’s website etc) only to find that the British 2-1-1 is my favourite variation. I also make sure to use cognac made with Grande and Petite Champaign grapes as I find this reduced the ‘spiciness’ of the drink.

    Other drinks I enjoy are the Gin and Tonic, the Mai Tai, and the Zombie. Although I’ve had difficulty finding the ingredients for the Mai Tai and Zombie here in Australia.

  6. KevinNo Gravatar says:

    Hi there!

    I’m Kev and I’ve been following Kaiser Penguin for some time on and off. I particularly enjoy your features on recipe comparisons. I work in Melbourne’s only classic style Tiki Bar down here in Australia.

    My favourite recipe at the moment is probably a classic Ti Punch made with a nice earthy Agricole Rhum – Quartered lime and raw sugar muddled with a healthy slug of agricole stirred in crushed ice. Mmmm…

    Cheers,
    Kev
    http://tikiloungeandbar.com

  7. I didn’t even know that I am a lurker.. but now that I have admitted it it feels great. I feel relived. Anyway.. I am Fred from the far away country of Sweden. I love to sip a traditional Mai Tai or a simple, ice cold daiquiri variant. Simplicity is beautiful.

    Thanks for a great site. Mahalo!

  8. Morgan WeberNo Gravatar says:

    Rick,

    I confess to being a lurker…I don’t lurk for any good reason, and I’m just lazy at commenting. I do follow your blog closely though and click on over here when my reader says you’ve got a new post up. Favorite drinks right now? Definitely the Red Hook or The Darb. Keep up the good work.

    Morgan
    http://www.drinkdogma.com

    Ps. Your pics are awesome man.

  9. BenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi! I’ll freely confess to being a lurker.

    Here’s a nice cocktail that I threw together for a jungle-themed party a few months back. It definitely tastes like the jungle. I call it “The Pineapple”. Not very creative, I know…

    1 oz. light rum
    1 oz. banana rum
    2 oz. orange juice
    1 oz. sweet and sour mix (a la Jeffrey Morgenthaler)
    1/2 oz. pineapple juice
    a dash grenadine
    two dashes Angostura Bitters

    Step one, hollow out a pineapple (the larger, the better). This both makes a cup that lends some pineapple flavor, and also gives you a lot of juice and pineapple chunks. And it looks cool.

    Stir everything with ice, strain into crushed-ice-filled pineapple, and stick a straw and some pineapple chunks in there. Enjoy!

    Ben

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