When sailing the seven seas its customary to pick up a few items along the way.  Stopping in Barbados you will want to grab a few grapefruit, an accidental cross breed between a sour orange and the pomelo.  Along your journey someone grabbed a few coconuts and tossed them below deck for later.  Upon arrival on Trinidad you come across the final ingredients needed to mix Bitter Harbor.  Lemons and bitters round out this inviting drink that is both bitter and sweet with a sunny disposition.    1 ounce Lemon juice  2 ounces Grapefruit juice  1 ounce silver rum (Plantation three star, Selvarey or Cane Run work best)  1 ounce satsuma, mandarin or orange rum (Gran Marnier is a good substitute)  3/4 ounce Coconut rum (at least 30% alcohol by volume, NOT Malibu)  2 dashes Angostura bitters  Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake lightly.  Strain into a large glass filled with ice and garnish with lemon wedge and grapefruit peel torched for burnt aroma.  Add small amount of simple syrup ONLY if drink is too sour.       

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              You know a drink is good when things go blurry.  Kalani enjoyed several Bitter Harbor cocktails when we first tried the final recipe on episode 397 of ZTL podcast.  

When sailing the seven seas its customary to pick up a few items along the way.  Stopping in Barbados you will want to grab a few grapefruit, an accidental cross breed between a sour orange and the pomelo.  Along your journey someone grabbed a few coconuts and tossed them below deck for later.  Upon arrival on Trinidad you come across the final ingredients needed to mix Bitter Harbor.  Lemons and bitters round out this inviting drink that is both bitter and sweet with a sunny disposition.

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Russian Troll

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POG GROG

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California Sunrise

California Sunrise

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Puka Shell

Puka Shell

We receive a lot of requests for simple cocktails with just one exotic ingredient.  Many people don't mind searching for one hard to find ingredient but prefer to keep it to just that one item.  We can understand.  The Puka Shell will impress with simplicity and an exotic touch.  Made with Ōkolehao, the ancient Hawaiian spirit distilled from ti plant.

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Cherry Bonzai

Cherry Bonzai

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Island Fruitcake

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What is a fruitcake?  That question is harder and harder to answer as each generation comes into adulthood.  Those of us in our 40's, 50's 60's and even more silver of generations know that it is a baked good of sometimes evil and sometimes joy.  Dense.  Heavy.  Spiced.  Fruity.  What if a cocktail imparted only the better notions of said baked good?  That is what My Tropical Fruitcake tries to be.  Two parts spice and three part fruit is what makes My Tropical Fruitcake a miracle in mixology.  Stirred together these liquors and spiced rum become something reminiscent of the forbidden cake of your darkest holiday dreams. 

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Scurvy Killer

Scurvy Killer

The Western diet has actually become so void of nutrition that incidences of scurvy have increased in the past several decades.  Uh oh!  No fear, we have the cocktail for you.  The Scurvy Killer is packed with vitamin C and is enjoyable over and over.  See your medical professionals help for dosing information before taking Scurvy Killer.  LOL!

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Jamaican Witch Doctor

Jamaican Witch Doctor

When Winter ailments get to you its easy to turn to alternative methods of healing to find any relief.  A person can only take so much stuffy nose, sore throat and aches and pains.  Granny was never shy about putting a spot of rum or bourbon in some concoction that was said to soothe a pesky cold or just plain good on a cool day.

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Island Time Tea

Island Time Tea

Regardless of what troubles you in life this BIG drink is meant for warm days and nights.  This is a base recipe drink, meaning you can interchange a few of the ingredients without messing it up and create your own personal favorite.  Try replacing black tea with Earl Grey.  Or change out the limoncello with mango or passion fruit rum.  Maybe switch the brown sugar for agave or honey?  Make this drink you own.

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Burnt Bourbon

Burnt Bourbon

Every bar should have one or two drinks that walk away from their usual theme or clientele.  Burnt Bourbon is about as far from a tiki dink as you can get while still pleasing folks who truly enjoy good spirits.  An average bourbon and some smokey mezcal pair perfectly with pressed apple cider and cardamom.  Serve this to impress your relatives at Thanksgiving or any holiday.  Sip.  Savor.  Enjoy.  

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Agua Suja

Agua Suja

Its been known for centuries that drinking alcohol can be safer than water.  Allegedly.  Consult your physician before testing this theory.  Then, mix up Agua Suja and celebrate the Summer 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Jeneiro.  Ward off Zika virus and most other vectors that could otherwise dampen your trip to paradise.  

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