Tigers – Blind Tiger Piper Cubeba

There is always a new gin to try. This time, it is a handcrafted gin from Belgium, which carries a special pepper in its name. Apart from that, the name is also a reference to the prohibition. For a ticket, you could see a “blind tiger” in the back room and apart from that an assortment of alcoholic beverages. Some left over cream, gave me the idea to mix a Ramos Gin Fizz twist with the Blind Tiger Piper Cubeba Gin.

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How to Make a Real Tiki-Fire – High Fire

A lot of Tiki drinks use fire. However, it does not do the trick to just pour 151 rum over a sugar cube. For a real Tiki-fire you need a secret ingredient. On top of that, I decided to come up with a Vulcano Bowl style drink using rum and cognac. It basically means that this is a combination of the Champs-Élysées and my own White Bird cocktail.

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Put the Hurt on Me – Chateau de Laubade V.S

Tiki drinks have to be a little crazy, but when it comes to bitter ingredients you mostly find Angostura Bitters or Campari in historic recipes. Nevertheless, the trend of using Amaros in cocktails does not stop at Tiki drinks. Yet, what happens when you use three of them in one recipe? You definitely need something to balance all that bitterness and I found that in Armagnac and strawberries.

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The Captive Mind – Capreolus Siegerrebe

I am always in search of extra ordinary eau de vies. This time I found a special grape eau de vie from a small boutique distillery in England. Besides the current trend grape Siegerrebe, the eau de vie also comes from one of the most renown eau de vie distillers in England. Although it is made to be enjoyed neat, I also  thought of a cocktail which hopefully honours the effort that went into the production of this special eau de vie.

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