Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Save the Date...and Save the Whales!

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If you haven't already seen a slew of other boozeblogs alerting us to the fact that tomorrow night (9/3) we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Thursday Drink Night, then here's the highlights:

~ TDN has been going on for a year, and we're celebrating!
~ There'll be a bunch of prizes awarded in a number of categories!
~ Jeff Berry and Martin Cate will stop by!
~ It's open to everyone, so don't be a wallflower!
~ Oh, and the theme is "tiki".


Speaking of tiki...

I've had this recipe kicking around for a while now. It came with a tiki mug I bought from the Queequeg Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai., which is an organization of fine, upstanding tiki freaks. I'd been meaning to make it for some time, and I finally rounded up most of the ingredients, so make it I did. Here's the recipe:

Queequeg's Harpoon

1 oz. Lemon Hart Demerara Rum (80 proof)
1 oz. Gosling's Black Seal rum
1 oz. Hurricane rum
.75 oz. lime juice
.75 oz. Queequeg's Blood*
.5 oz. simple syrup
.5 oz. club soda

Shake all (except club soda) w/ 8 oz. crushed ice. Pour into Queequeg MS Society mug. Add club soda. Garnish with cranberries and pineapple chunks on a bamboo spear. Repeat as necessary.

*Queequeg's Blood (cranberry syrup)

2 parts dried cranberries
1 part water
1 part cranberry juice (NOT from concentrate)
.5 part sugar
.5 part brown sugar
1 pinch whole cloves
1 three-inch cinnamon stick

Boil everything together at low heat, stirring constantly for 40 minutes. Let the mixture cool. Remove cinnamon stick. Blend mixture in blender until consistent. Strain multiple times through cheesecloth to remove particles. Bottle & enjoy!


Now the first problem I ran into was not having Hurricane rum, which is a small-batch, aged, slightly overproof gold rum that isn't exactly a commonplace item. Tiki guru extraordinaire Jeff Berry told me suitable substitutes would be something like a gold Puerto Rican (such as Bacardi 8) or amber Cruzan rum.

But because I like to ask people for advice and then not follow it, I subbed Old New Orleans Crystal rum and thought it worked fine. I also left out the club soda because it didn't really seem necessary.

The second problem I ran into is that even on paper, the "Queequeg's Blood" looks like a pain in the ass to make. I made it, and rest assured, it is. Plus, when I made it (using a "1 cup = 1 part" ratio), it yielded a paltry 3-4 oz. of liquid. So I came up with a recipe that's a lot less labor intensive, yields much more usable end product, and tastes the same in my opinion:


Queequeg's Blood (ver. 2.0)

1.5 cups dried cranberries
1.5 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
.5 cup brown sugar
15 whole cloves
2 three-inch cinnamon sticks

In a medium saucepan, bring everything to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.. Lower heat, and simmer lightly for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool, strain and bottle. Yields approx. 2.5 cups liquid.

So when all this tinkering was concluded, I ended up making this:


Queequeg's Harpoon (12" dance remix)

1 oz. Lemon Hart Demerara rum (80 proof)
1 oz. Gosling's Black Seal rum
1 oz. Old New Orleans Crystal rum
.75 oz. lime juice
.75 oz. Queequeg's Blood (ver. 2.0)
.5 oz. simple syrup

Shake everything with cracked ice and strain into double old-fashioned glass or tiki mug filled with crushed ice. Garnish with cranberries and pineapple chunks on a bamboo spear.


So instead of punching holes in an innocent sea creature, gather up your giggle water and make a few of these. If that still doesn't satisfy your bloodlust, there's always Deadliest Catch.

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danazia said...

Well..Dr Bamboo, nice to meet you. Anyone that makes me giggle when I read their blog, I have to introduce myself. The world is way too serious otherwise. I have a question for you..... I am the Mai Tai queen. Love to make them and drink them. On Sunday we are having a large dinner party and my famous mai tais are expected to make an appearance. BUT! That is all I would be doing, is making mai tais all night, and I don't want to. Do you have a recipe for a mai tai punch or something that I could mis up before hand? Thanks!

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well played, good sir. queequeg's harpoon is well worth the effort, and a hearty huzzah to the fraternal order of moai for their creation of said cocktail.

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Danazia- Thanks for visiting! Glad my words & pictures gave you a chuckle.

Check out these links:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=19848&forum=10

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=14167&forum=10&start=0&hilite=bulk mai tai


They both have good bulk Mai Tai recipes and methods for scaling up your own. Let me know how it turns out!

J$- It *is* a fine drink. Those Queequeggers know what they're doing up there. :-)

Tiare said...

Doc, very cool and lovely drawing as usual.Next year in Nola i`m gonna ask you to draw one of those lovely cast iron balconies for me;-)

Queequeg's harpoon looks very nice and some day i`m definetily going to make it.I have never yet made any cranberry syrup.

I also leant something completely new here as well - about crab fishing.I had no idea it was that dangerous.

Mai Tai queen? we must be related;-)

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