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  1. Yeah, buy both. One last parting shot. I vastly prefer the rum classification system as presented by Smugglers Cove, over the traditional "geographic" approach. Although rums of different nationalities have had distinctive characters attributed to them historically, frankly it can be hard to know whether a rum from any given region actually fits that historical character. Plus, these are often combined with a "color" descriptor. How "dark" is "dark", how old is "gold"? The categorical approach based first on distillation style (pot still, column still, blended,
  2. The thing I like about smugglers cove is they way they have "decoded" some of the classic recipes so they are a lot easier to make. Given the combining of ingredients to make "special syrups", like Don's mix or Don's spices, Smugglers formats recipes to avoid having to also batch these compound ingredients, instead calling for their constituent ingredients. Something like Don's Mix is cinnamon syrup mixed with grapefruit juice. Unless you're making a Zombies all night for a bar full of people, it's kind of silly to batch it to make one drink at a time. However, the Bea
  3. Well, that's your loss, but I think you've misunderstood. SC makes a "Mai Tai" syrup to replace the "Rock Candy Syrup" called for in the original Trader Vic recipe. They take a normal, rich 2:1 Demerara syrup and a tiny bit of Vanilla and a dash of salt. 4 cups Demerara / 2 cups water / 1/2 tsp Vanilla / 1/4 tsp Salt - which makes approximately 4 cups / 32 oz of syrup. The rest of the Mai Tai recipe for reference: 2 oz rum / .75 oz lime / .5 oz curacao (specifically Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao) / .25 oz Orgeat / .25 oz Mai Tai Syrup Maybe my math is wr
  4. Yeah, I'd guess this would be more like combining Coruba and Smith and Cross, and the 86pf Hamilton Demerara would be closer to the Coruba.
  5. Tonight I made a "Navy Grog" according to the Trader Vic specification as detailed in the book. Interestingly the Don the Beachcomber specs are also listed. What was crazy is how balanced it was. I don't mean to put out the whole recipe, but most of the book can be searched for on google books. .75 Lime / .75 grapefruit .25 rich demerara / .25 allspice dram 1 oz each of three different rums And these are the rums I used: 1 oz Plantation 3 star 1 oz Smith and Cross 1 oz Bacardi Extra Anejo 1.5 oz of citrus balanced by .25 oz of syru
  6. Yeah, I don't think it was as rich as that combination either, but it got me in the same ballpark, which I dug. Plus, it would be pretty easy to spike it with something richer too. I also forgot to mention, the book calls for a specific syrup blend for the mai tai, 2:1 demerara with a dash of vanilla extra and salt, which I can only guess is their replacement for "rock candy syrup" in the original. Oh, and it seems a little odd to have only 1/4 oz orgeat in the recipe. Perhaps the SC house orgeat is more strongly flavored, but the Liquid Assets Orgeat I've been using (an LA
  7. After yet another visit to a liquor store to buy new rum, I decided to go with the classic Mai Tai. The book lays out the saga of rums used in the Mai Tai historically over 3 pages, and perhaps because I was already imbibing when I would read the last paragraph or two, I kept missing the information that SC's house Mai Tai uses Denizen Merchant's Reserve Rum, and that said rum was a collaboration between Denizen and Martin Cate to fashion a rum after "Trader Vic’s Second Adjusted Formula, the formula Vic used to create his Mai Tai rum when both Wray and Nephew 15 year and Wray and
  8. Next up a "Zombie" fashioned after the 1934 specs. They do an interesting job of simplifying the ingredients, swapping Don's Mix (grapefruit juice and cinnamon syrup) for each of it's constituent ingredients. But alternatively, they change the 6 drops of Pernod usually called for 2 dashes something called "Herbostura" a 1:1 combo of Angostura and Herbsaint. I've actually found that it's a pretty useful swap. I've been making some non-alcoholic tiki things for friends (they don't mind the trace amount of alcohol from a couple dashes of bitters) and a dash or two carries a big flavor.
  9. If you can get frozen puree from a latin market, it's a manageable amount, and it's cheap. If you order the stuff from Funkin or Perfect Puree, it's a lot of puree and it's kind of expensive. I'm sure fresher would be better, but this is pretty solid. But I will say, that is still seems a hair tart, and it's definitely not that red. I tried making a mini Hurricane with it (rum/passion fruit syrup/lemon), and it was good but, it was a bit too tart and definitely not the same color as the one in the book.
  10. So, the Plantation Pineapple Rum, aka "Stiggins' Delight" is a pretty ridiculous product, but in a good way. It's delicious by itself, it's great in a daiquiri, but it's also surprisingly good in stirred cocktails. A friend who just got back from New Orleans told me about a Pineapple Sazerac on the menu at Cane and Table. He lamented not ordering it, but we quickly remedied that by making our own. We weren't sure if it was merely a Sazerac with the Pineapple Rum as the base spirit, or if there were any other swaps, but we made one that way, and it was fantast
  11. So, following the recipe in the book, I got some passion fruit puree (frozen at the latino market) and mixed it equal parts with 2:1 simple syrup. It's pretty convenient to have a source for passion fruit puree right around the corner from the house. The falernum is John D. Taylor's, which is called for by name in the book. It says a lot that an operation like SC doesn't bother to make their own. The orgeat is from Liquid Alchemist, made by a local Los Angels bartender and sold at Barkeeper. They also sell St. Vincent Orgeat, which is also made by a local LA bartender
  12. The cocktail that spawned my original query: Dr. Funk. lemon juice / lime juice grenadine / 2:1 Demerara syrup herbsaint rum dash of seltzer So as discussed above, I'm guessing the rum called for in this drink is the Hamilton Jamaica Black. This was friggin' great, and it was interesting that the herbsaint and the rums served to dry the drink out a bit. Oh yeah, and the drink mixer was full effect at this point, and ice portioning (most of the blended cocktails call for 12 oz of crushed ice) was perfect, so execution was dead on.
  13. Fun story, I can't even remember what this is....
  14. Next up was the "Demerara Dry Float, with a side of 'Danger'" lime juice /lemon juice passion fruit syrup / demerara syrup / maraschino rum / float or side of overproof demerara rum I believe we made this with El Dorado 12, but I can't remember (occupational hazard). Again, something that would've been served better by using the milk shake mixer. Still pretty good.
  15. Next I tried the Saturn on recommendation from a friend. gin / lemon juice passion fruit syrup / falernum / orgeat So, this was just ok, but I think my passion fruit syrup is on the tart side, plus this was before the mixer arrived, so the under-dilution did it no favors. I'm gonna try it again soon, and I'm guessing it'll probably be better the second time around.
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