REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – 101 Tropical Drinks – With Red, White and Blue Drink Recipes For Labor Day

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101 Tropical Drinks

101 Tropical Drinks

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118456750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118456750
  • Cover price $16.99

ABOUT 101 TROPICAL DRINKS

Fruity, fun, and oh-so-refreshing, tropical drinks have been a beach party mainstay almost since the invention of the tiki torch. Full of fresh fruit and herbs, plenty of ice, and—of course—a liberal amount of rum or other liquors, tropical cocktails are the perfect choice for a day at the beach or anywhere else where there’s heat.

If you can’t make it to the South Pacific, your backyard might suffice, especially if you’ve got the right refreshments at hand. In 101 Tropical Drinks, mixologist Kim Haasarud presents a fun collection of tropical drinks for every taste, from the original Mai Tai to the classic Piña Colada to the family-size Scorpion Bowl with its float of flaming rum. Along with all the frozen drinks and rum refreshers you’d expect, you’ll also find plenty of fruity punches as well as classic cocktails remade with modern twists, like the Guava Basil Cooler or the Blackberry-Pineapple Sidecar. If you’re in the mood for a thrill, try a Black Pepper Mandarin Margarita. Have some extra fruit on hand? Blend it up with lime and rum for a versatile Tamure Cocktail. No matter where your tastes take you, you’ll find plenty of thirst-quenching options inside.

Illustrated with mouthwatering photographs throughout, 101 Tropical Drinks is the ideal companion for turning any hot-weather occasion into a roaring good time.

Kim Haasarud is the founder of Liquid Architecture (Liquid-Architecture.com), a beverage consulting firm that creates specialty cocktails for clients such as the Four Seasons Maui, Wyndham Worldwide Hotels, Moet Hennessy, and SKYY Spirits. She conceives her signature cocktails much as an Alice Waters or a Wolfgang Puck would create a specialty dish, taking inspiration from market-fresh, high-quality ingredients. Her cocktails have appeared in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Wine Enthusiast to Cosmopolitan.

MY THOUGHTS

Did you know that there’s a holiday called National Rum Day? Yep. It was on August 16. It makes sense that a day like that would be during the summer, since rum is in so many yummy tropical drinks. I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan of tropical drinks, especially if they’re cold, sweet and fruity. 101 Tropical Drinks opens with an explanation of rums, syrups and other ingredients. Then, it’s page after page of detailed recipes for tropical drinks. Many of the recipes have lovely color photos that will likely make you thirsty enough you want to grab the drink right off of the page. Some of the drinks I’m looking forward to trying include Caribbean Cosmopolitan, Dragon’s Breath, Afternoon Delight, Jamaican Me Blue, Pink Flamingo Punch, Banana Hammock, Peach Pit, and Summer Wind.

Labor Day is almost upon us. Here are three Red, White and Blue tropical drink recipes, courtesy of 101 Tropical Drinks.

101 Tropical Drinks - summer wind drink recipe

SUMMER WIND

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 ripe blueberries, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 ripe strawberries, plus 1 strawberry half for garnish
  • 11⁄2 ounces fresh orange juice
  • 11⁄2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 11⁄2 ounces Jamaican rum
  • 1 ounce coconut cream (such as Coco Lopez) Pineapple leaf, for garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a blender cup. Blend on High for 10 seconds.Add 3⁄4 cup of ice. Blend on High for 10 to 15 seconds until smooth. Pour into a tropical cocktail glass. Garnish with the pineapple leaf, strawberry half, and a few blueberries.

101 Tropical Drinks - pina colada

PIÑA COLADA
Created in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the 1950s, this is a longstanding classic. While it can be made with a variety of rums—dark, aged, spiced, white, coconut—I like using a combination, but feel free to use whatever rums you like.

INGREDIENTS

  • 11⁄2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 11⁄2 ounces coconut cream (such as Coco Lopez)
  • 1 ounce aged rum
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • Splash of coconut milk (optional)
  • Pineapple wedge, for garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a blender cup. Add 1 cup of ice. Blend on High until smooth. Pour contents into a tiki glass or tall glass. Garnish with the pineapple wedge.

101 Tropical Drinks - blue hawaiian

BLUE HAWAIIAN
One of the few vodka-based tiki drinks.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 11⁄2 ounces vodka
  • 3⁄4 ounce blue Curaçao liqueur
  • 1⁄2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄2 ounce simple syrup (see page 15)
  • Splash of half-and-half
  • Pineapple leaf and lime wheel, for garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass fi lled with fresh crushed ice. (Or simply combine everything in a blender cup. Add 3⁄4 cup of crushed ice and fl ash blend for 5 seconds. Pour into cocktail glass.) Garnish with the pineapple leaf and lime wheel.

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