The range of Tiki is growing with the Tom Dyer Tiki tin-on-tin cocktail shaker and the very cool new range of garnish picks – and now to make sure once you have shaken up your Tiki cocktail you have somewhere equally as Tiki to put it in, Beaumont have a launched a brand new range of Tiki Mugs!
Hand crafted in ceramic, these colourful and quintessentially Polynesian mugs depict everything that Tiki culture is about – tropical themes from the island nations of South East Asia. Thankfully the Tiki drinking vessels are made from ceramic and not from wood or bone as it is believed the original versions were – although they definitely didn’t call that Tiki. The term Tiki came from an American man called Donn Beach who ran a restaurant called Don the Beachcomber and served 30 different drinks, in many different vessels although nothing like the Tiki mugs we recognise today – hollowed out coconuts and pineapples is as close as it would have got.
As you can see from some of Beaumont's designs, many of the mugs depict typical Polynesian wood carved totems and stone statues, such as those found on Easter Island Although the original totems were believed to keep away evil spirits I’m afraid you wont get quite the same service from our mugs – in fact you could say they attract spirits, particularly those of the rum variety.
For the perfect accompaniment to the new range of Tiki mugs, look no further than the pineapple and skull garnish picks. Your Mai Tai will never have looked better than when it is served in a tropical bird Tiki mug, or a Pina Colada in an open top coconut. The new Tiki mugs come in all different sizes, so whether you are making tall or short cocktails there is something to suit your needs.
Delicately hand crafted and made from a strong ceramic, although we have been testing these in the dishwasher and they have been fine – we recommend that you hand wash them in warm water to ensure they keep looking their best for as long as possible.
The original Zombie
Courtesy of Donn Beach himself, why not put together an original Zombie cocktail to try out your new Tiki mug:
Make certain that you use only fresh ingredients and good rums.
20 ml fresh squeezed lime juice
14 ml ODK falernum syrup
42 ml gold Puerto Rican rum (Bacardi Gold or better, for example)
42 ml gold or dark Jamaican rum (Myers’s Dark, for example)
28 ml 151-proof Lemon Hart Demerara rum or Hamilton 151 Demerara rum
1 teaspoon grenadine
6 drops Pernod (or any absinthe as a substitute)
1 dash Angostura bitters
14 ml Don’s mix (2 parts white grapefruit juice to 1 part ODK cinnamon syrup)
Pour everything into a blender with 3/4 cup of crushed ice and then blend at high speed for only 5 seconds, otherwise you will over-dilute the drink.
Pour into a tall glass. Add ice cubes to fill.
Garnish with a mint sprig and a straw and enjoy.