Tempus cigars are manufactured and distributed by Alec Bradley Cigars, a relatively new brand among premier cigar companies. Founded in the mid nineties, Alec Bradley produce a full line of outstanding quality cigars. The Tempus line has been rated a “94” and recently was placed among the top 25 cigars of the year. This robusto Tempus Terra Novo (5 x 50) is medium to full-bodied with a rich semi-sweet finish. As you smoke, it reveals complex flavors of dried fruit, cedar and touches of leather and coffee. Very impressive!
Just to make sure, Don smoked one last evening. He would highly recommend pairing this cigar with El Dorado Dark Rum from Guyana. On the bank of the Demerara River, local sugar cane is crushed, pressed, and boiled to create molasses. This unique flavor creates the base for all of the El Dorado rums. El Dorado uses a wooden Coffrey Still from 1880, it is the last of it’s kind in the world and the years of delicious rum distilled in this unusually tall still imparts a unique flavor to the rum. They refresh the still with new wood, small sections at a time to preserve the essence of the rums. El Dorado also utilizes a Double Wooden Pot Still and Single Wooden Pot Still from 1732, these stills create deliciously dark and rich rums.
Enjoy this pairing outdoors and on the water! Cheers!
Alec Bradley Tempus Terra Novo $7.99 El Dorado Dark Rum $14.99
With Tiki drinks in revival, you’ll probably need a great tiki cup to go with your concoctions. What better way to celebrate summer than with a real pineapple cup in hand? Watch our instructional video tutorial showing an easy way to core a pineapple. All you need is a pineapple corer tool, a little technique, and a Tiki party to celebrate! You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is.
How to Make a Pineapple Cup
Slice off the pineapple top
Center the pineapple corer
Twist. Go almost to the bottom of the pineapple
Lift out pineapple slices with corer
Fill with your favorite tiki cocktail
Use the pineapple slices as garnishes or for a tasty snack.
Join the revival of Tiki cocktails! From Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s book, Remixed: A Gallery of Tiki Drinks, we’re featuring a new recipe called an Iuka Grogg (spelled with an “I”). Enjoy this enticing combination of lime, pineapple, and passion fruit flavors, topped off by a rich, caramel, dark rum aroma. The quintessential tiki cocktail to have all summer long! Pay us a visit in Providence, Rhode Island to browse our in-store display of Tiki drinks. Not in around RI? Learn more cocktail recipes on ourYouTube channel to look like a pro at your next get-together. Joanna, our resident cocktail expert, will show you how to make a classic Trader Vic Mai Taiand asimplified “Beachbum” BerryZombie drink.
If you haven’t heard yet, tiki parties are back! Just in time for the season of backyard shindigs and warm summer evenings on the patio, we’ve put together an instructional video on how to make your very own Zombie drink. Stop by our Providence, Rhode Island store to browse a display with all the ingredients you need for your home tiki bar. Not in the area? Visit ourYouTube channel for Mai Taicocktails and more, and be sure to watch Jo (our resident cocktail culture expert) make a delicious Zombie cocktail in the video below.
Zombie simplified by the Beach Bum
3/4 oz fresh lime juice 1 oz grapefruit juice 1/2 oz cinnamon-infused sugar syrup or Don’s Mix 1/2 oz gold rum 1 oz dark rum
Shake with ice cubes. Pour unstrained into a tiki mug. Add your favorite garnish or mint sprig!
Visit usto pick up all the ingredients you need! Just look for the large Tiki Bar display.
What’s old is new again…and tiki is back! There’s really no better way to enjoy summer outdoors and in the backyard than relaxing with a deliciously smooth tiki drink to sip. All you need are some funky tiki decorations like leis, mugs, and tiki torches, and of course, great tiki cocktails. Keep reading to learn how to create a basic home tiki bar that will last all summer long.
A Basic Tiki Bar – Rum is essential! Since rums age very quickly in heat and humidity, even a 3 year old rum is comparable to a whiskey aged 6 years, resulting in a more mellow taste at an affordable price (pictured above are El Dorado rums).Beside a dark, gold, and white rum, you’ll also need some syrups. Below are 5 that make up many classic tiki recipes. Stock up on these for a solid start onto making your own delicious drinks at home!
*”Way back when, grenadine was made from freshly crushed pomegranate seeds…But over the years, this bold concoction has devolved into a cloying, artificial taste. Naturally, our version is the exception. Our Authentic Grenadine uses only pomegranate and pure cane sugar – no high fructose corn syrup – to produce the originally intended result: a pleasantly sweet pomegranate flavor as bold and potent as its distinctive red color.” – Stirrings
Why All the Syrups? Well, in tiki drinks you are using several types of rum to create a cocktail with many dimensions of flavor. The syrups bind the sometimes disparate tastes in tiki drinks together, to create a smooth and sometimes deceptively strong cocktail. Yes, you will have to invest in a few new ingredients for your bar to recreate these vintage concoctions, yet the magic and fanfare you create by serving a Mai Tai in a festive tiki mug make a little bar stockage worth the while.
Basic Bartender Tools – Having a few basic bar tools will not only make you look like a pro, but help you construct great cocktails with ease. We first recommend investing in a cocktail shaker. Good cocktails are cold cocktails! Another great investment are ounce measuring cups, like these pictured in the photo below, to the right of the tiki statue.
Tiki statues add to the tropical party atmosphere!
Easy, quick, and does all the hard work for you! Make an amazing edible punch bowl, create garnishes from the perfectly round pineapple slices, and add some extra fun to your Tiki party! What better way to celebrate the return of sunny, summer days than a glass of grog served in a pineapple?
Nothing better in a cocktail than freshly squeezed juice! This handheld reamer gets every last drop out of your limes for a perfect Mai Tai.
Tiki Party Decor
Having a tiki party is pretty easy! Now that you have a basic bar, you’ll just need fun decorations to match the cocktails. Pick up variety of tiki mugs in which to serve your fabulous drinks, and choose colorful garnishes or straws. Leis can be party favors and an accessory for guests to wear.
Whether your tiki party is in the backyard, patio, or porch, luau themed decorations will set the celebratory atmosphere. Add grass luau skirts to the tables, get tiki torches for lighting, and sprinkle in fun accents like wooden tiki statues, hula girls, tropical flowers, and foliage.
Classic Tiki Recipes
Have the recipe for a Mai Tai, Zombie, and Iuka Grogg on hand! We’ve made a free printable tiki drink recipe card to make home bar-tending a little easier. Click below to download the PDF file, and then print it on your home printer. For extra vintage flair, print it on ivory card-stock!
If you are having trouble opening the recipe card, make sure you have a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader, available here for free.
Though we’ve helped you out by picking classic tiki drinks to start out with, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry also has a extensive library of recipes. Download Jeff’s app, Tiki +, if you’re looking to expand your tiki drink repertoire. Take a simple backyard cocktail hour to the next level with over 150 recipes in the palm of your hand!
Visit Our Store
Pay us a visit at our Providence, Rhode Island store and stock up on your grenadine, orgeat, demerara rum, and tiki bar essentials. Once you have these basic building blocks for a quality tiki bar, the possibilities for different tiki drinks are deliciously endless. Just look for the large tiki display, we’ll have everything you need! Cheers!
Tiki is back! Summer has arrived, and so has Mai Tai season! Along with featuring Tiki party ideas and bar basics in our Providence, Rhode Island store, we’ll be offering a series of easy Tiki drink recipes on this blog and on our YouTube channel. Watch Joanna’s video below to learn how to make a your own Mai Tai at home!
MAI TAI by Trader Vic
INGREDIENTS 1 oz fresh lime juice 1/2 oz orange curaçao 1/4 oz orgeat syrup 1/4 simple syrup 1 oz dark rum 1 oz gold rum
DIRECTIONS Shake well with plenty of ice. Pour unstrained into an awesome Tiki mug. Add your favorite garnish!
Visit us to pick up all the ingredients you need! Just look for the large Tiki Bar display.