Hello Everyone! Welcome to the first official post for Bartending Pretty! You wanna live fancy and be inspired to make your family and friends a delicious cocktail for any occasion? Well here it comes! Let's have some cocktail fun.
I, like most cool people, have loved all things Disney since I was little and it continues to excite me still as an adult! This year marks the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration at Disneyland, so how appropriate to tie in two of my loves: Disney and drinks! On my most recent trip I was inspired by this vintage style Adventureland Tiki glass. I saw it and immediately thought “All the birds sing the words and the flowers croon. In the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room!” Pineapple of course come to mind. Which is perfect this time of year and flows continuously at The Enchanted Tiki room, but unfortunately and understandably no alcohol at Disneyland. So let's make it at home instead for any fun summer tiki themed cocktail party! I present to you The Enchanted Tiki a refreshing, tropical, herbatious and slightly smokey libation.
- 1 ½ ounce Fresh pineapple juice
- ½ ounce Fresh lime juice
- ¼ ounce John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
- 1 ounce Liquor Strega
- 1 ½ ounce Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
- Top with 2 dashes Peychaud Creole bitters
- Garnish-Fennel frond or mint sprig with a pineapple leaf
Measure with a jigger and pour all ingredients besides the Peychaud's bitters in a shaker tin. Add some ice and shake for 4-5 seconds. Then strain with a Hawthorne strainer into a Collins glass with new ice. Then put on top 2 dashes Peychaud bitters let bleed into the yellow. Lastly, to make it even more PRETTY garnish with a pineapple leaf and fennel frond or mint sprig. BTW, if you don't have a Adventureland Tiki glass don't fret! Using a clear tall Collins glass looks beautiful and will show the beautiful layers of colors it has!
A little background on my preferred spirits & inclusions:
John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum: Produced in Barbados in 1890 it is liqueur made with sugarcane, lime, almond, clove, ginger, vanilla, all spice. An essential ingredient to most tiki style cocktails.
Liquore Strega: Produced since 1860 in Benevento, Campania, Italy. The yellow color comes from saffron and has 70 herbal ingredients total. Many of the ingredients are kept secret still do this day. Definitely strong notes of mint and fennel. Strega is the Italian word for “witch”. There are many legends about the witches at Benevento dating back to the Lombard invasion around 568-774 AD. It is also a favorite liquor of mine!
Del Maguey Vida Mezcal: A Oaxacan spirit made from the maguey and agave plants. Think a smokey tequila!
Peychaud’s Creole bitters: Created in 1830 by Antione Amedee Peychaud. A Creole apothecary from the French colony of Saint-Domingue. Used originally used as a medicinal tonic. Slightly sweet with notes of anise, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.