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  • January 22, 2018 CJ Best

    Viking Cocktails : How is this not a thing?

    Since attending a Viking themed Tiki party and having some friends visit Sweden and Norway I’ve become enthralled with my ties to the region and baffled by how little of its culinary wonder has penetrated the American landscape.

    Two of my Great-Grandparents immigrated to America from Norway and Sweden. I can still remember my Great-Grandfather singing the Swedish National Anthem at his 100th birthday.

    But besides great genetics I don’t see a lot of other imports from the Northern European countries especially in the cocktail scene. Which is a shame because there are so many fun flavors to play with.

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  • January 19, 2018 Joe Barwin

    Make a hogo-licious Appleton Rum Jungle Bird & Pineapple Negroni

    Jamaican Rum is the classic example of hogo, a term derived from a French phrase describing slightly decayed meat, "haut gout". Hogo represents a highly aromatic and heavier style of rum brimming with molasses, fruit, and funk. The name is inspired by the overripe, strong flavor and smell of that funky fruit, like an old banana whose aroma has intensified and concentrated. Counting 265 years of history and the lion’s share of the local market, the J. Wray & Nephew distillery is the hometown favorite. Its J. Wray and Appleton branded Rums offer options from affordable to super-premium, for cocktailers and connoisseurs alike.
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  • January 19, 2018 Joe Barwin

    Mix a Trader Vic approved Original Mai Tai with Lemon Hart and Coruba Rum

    The SF Chronicle has always had a talent for tiki spotting. Back in 1941 Herb Caen gushed over the original Trader Vic’s, proclaiming that “The best restaurant in San Francisco is in Oakland.” The brand would continue to grow over the 50’s and 60’s, with 25 additional restaurants opening around the world. Tiki’s fortunes faded in the 70’s, reaching something of a low point in 1989 when Donald Trump made the decision to close the Trader Vic’s at his newly purchased Plaza hotel because it had “gotten tacky.”
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  • Tiki in the Tea-tons
    January 17, 2018 Joe Barwin

    Tiki in the Tea-tons

    A very fun way to mix cocktails from scratch, and also to dress, is to start from the end, and work your way backwards. For example, my sartorial character today is nouveau poor aristocrat who has fallen from wealth but not from grace.   Or my cocktail inspiration tonight, is an imaginary drink at the Sundance Film Festival Tonga Room pop-up.
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