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Pumpkin Spiced Rum warms up the holidays

October unleashed an onslaught of pumpkin spiced drink and food items. The news jokes daily that the pumpkin spice craze must be stopped. But I say bring it on, find more ways to use it. I infused rum with fresh baked pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. It definitely leans on the desert end of the […]

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Mixing it up with towering talents of tiki cocktails at The Hukilau

When most people think of “tiki drinks,” what unfortunately comes to mind is neon-colored, overly sweet drinks festooned with outlandish garnishes. These drinks are far removed from their origins as fresh, well-balanced, complex cocktails as originally conceived by Don the Beachcomber, Trader Vic Bergeron and others. Along with the drinks, it seems like everything connected […]

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Recipe: Our punch was a hit at bridal showcase

It was great to meet everyone at the Sophisticated Bridal Showcase event on Sunday, where many future brides and guests sampled our punch. A punch is a great way to serve a crowd, whether it’s at a wedding or a party. It can supplement cocktails being made at the bar, and it offers an excuse […]

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Straw Hat Barmen cocktail wins margarita challenge at Florida Key Lime Pie Festival

The Straw Hat Barmen took up the challenge to create two cocktails for the Florida Key Lime Pie Festival cocktail competition on Saturday, both made with a sponsor’s ingredient: KeKe Key Lime Pie Liqueur. Both were delicious, and the margarita recipe took first prize in the margarita challenge! The Barmen made their cocktails in front […]

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The Five Minute Margarita Lesson

With Cinco de Mayo on our horizon next week, a quick lesson on the drink a majority will be ordering and/or mixing. As with many other cocktails, the history and actual creator of the margarita has been clouded by time. Some argue a wealthy Texas socialite invented it; others claimed it was a concocted by […]

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Bar Essentials: Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup is basically defined as a liquified form of sugar. It is used to sweeten cocktails. It can also be used to sweeten your tea, coffee, or other cold drinks like lemonade. Simple syrup is an essential for the well stocked home bar. It is a necessary ingredient in many cocktails, including the Daiquiri, […]

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Gin Fizz for the Doubtful Drinker

Gin has been said to be “a drinker’s drink.” A lot of people can’t stand the taste of it, and others realize it’s an acquired taste after one has delved deeper into cocktail culture. I stand up to the challenge of creating yummy gin drinks all can enjoy. A sort of Gin Renaissance has come […]

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