While I know the weather finally turned and fall is finally here, we here at CLT Remedy are always game for a tiki drink as a quick way to escape and get away.
“If you can’t get to paradise, I’ll bring it to you.” -Don the Beachcomber
Don is credited as the forefather of Tiki culture, which happens to be one of my favorite cocktail genres. When the word “tiki” is uttered, thoughts of rum-laced fruity drinks decorated with an umbrella and relaxed vibes come to mind.
The ingredients for most tiki cocktails such as my personal favorite, the Mai Tai, are tropical juices, lemon juice, orgeat (almond) syrup and rum. But if you’re not a fan of rums, other spirits can also be used. From our last trip to Asheville (find some of the deets here: 52 Hours in Asheville), we picked up a bottle of Chemist Spirits American Traditional Gin, and here’s a quick tiki recipe I came up with to transport you to some faraway island.
Pro-tip: check your grocery store’s international aisle for tropical juices (I used the Goya brand passionfruit cocktail and mango nectar).
If you are unfamiliar with Chemist Spirits, they are a small distilling company located in Asheville. Their American Traditional Gin with its bright citrus flavor lends itself perfectly to be used as a mixing booze. Here are a few pictures of their growing distillery tasting room in South Slope, Asheville. As pharmacists, we were definitely in love with this place!
This Cocktail Corner by Manny, pharmacist by night and amateur mixologist by day!