Some may say this guide is a bit late, but those same people have probably started or finished their shopping, unlike one lazy Kaiser Penguin I know.
If for some reason I haven’t convinced you to pick up this book yet, it’s probably your first time visiting Kaiser Penguin. Sippin’ Safari is a tiki tome like no other. Packed with exotic syrup and tale, each page offers something exciting and new.
Forbidden Island Gift Certificate
For those of you who haven’t made it to one of the coolest places on the planet, I suggest you buy plane tickets immediately (one for Kaiser Penguin too) and make the trip. And for those of you who are lucky enough to visit FI weekly, why not buy a gift certificate for a fellow tiki lover?
How’s Your Drink
Eric Felten’s new cocktail guide takes you on a fantastic journey through the history of cocktails. Every page draws you into the tale, and more importantly, the recipes are delightful. There is even a new one or two that I had never heard of.
Tales of the Cocktail Tickets
There is absolutely no reason for you not to attend Tales this year! Every moment was more intense than the last and I can’t see myself ever not attending such a fine event. Plus, the more people who come and post about it, the less I have to live-blog! Note: I don’t think tickets are available yet.
I was in Williams-Sonoma a few weeks ago and saw a boston shaker for, get this, $40. Finding good mixing glasses, julep strainers, and the like can be quite the challenge. I’ve always been happy with Webtender, and though they sell lots of stuff I’m sure you’d never want, their selection of mixing tools is quite robust.
For those of you not brave enough to make your own, there is finally a reliable source for Wray and Nephew pimento liqueur. Buy this for any cocktail lover and you will surely get a big hug. They also have a few other interesting hard-to-find spirits available.
Craft of the Cocktail Deck
Random House was kind enough to send along a few of their cookbook decks, and I was pleased to find my first ever cocktail book in a form that could withstand the stains its predecessor had. I still dig into Dale’s book every once in a while, and the deck would be a great gift to a newcomer to the cocktail world.
Zen Green Tea Liqueur
There were a few interesting new spirits released this year, and this is one of them. A bit sweet on its own, Zen gives you another tool in your arsenal of drink creation.
Do a search for Zen recipes and you’ll find vodka drink after vodka drink. Could the flavor of green tea work with anything else? I wanted to use it as a secondary ingredient instead of the main punch, and I got to work in a little St. Germain too.
Too Much Vodka
- 1/4oz Zen green tea liqueur
- 1/4oz St. Germain
- 1 1/2oz cognac
- 1oz Cointreau
- 3/4oz lemon juice
Sugared rim optional. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
My experience with absinthe is limited to 6 drops in a tiki drink, so I enlisted some insight from Erik over at Underhill-Lounge kindly offered up some expertise on recent happenings. “Lucid and Kubler are now available, with the Hangar One product coming on the 21st of December. First absinthe made legally in America since 1912.” Check out the best source on the net for more information, The Wormwood Society.
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