Sunday, May 21, 2006

Today's featured drink: Maiden's Downfall

I like to dabble in mixology, especially when it involves vintage cocktails from the old tiki establishments. Or contemporary recipes from current tiki establishments. Or any drink with alcohol in it that is vaguely tiki-esque. I like the tiki drinks!

Most of the books that I have are still in print (Jeff Berry's books, Don The Beachcomber, Ted Haigh's Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails) and it wouldn't be right and proper to post those recipes since those guys went to all the hard work to find and compile them and publish a book. But now I'm working my way through an old out of print book so anything there is fair game for me to share.

The book is Hawaii Kai Cookbook by Roana and Gene Schindler. It was published in 1970 and you can usually find a copy on Ebay for pretty cheap. I haven't been terribly impressed by most of the drink recipes but this one is quite nice, if a bit on the sweet side. You guys and gals that love the lip puckering tart drinks might want to steer clear of this one. I really like it though. Directly from the book:

Maiden's Downfall

Virgins beware! This arouses the beast in any man.

2 ounces grapefruit juice
1 ounce lime
3/4 ounce orgeat
1 teaspoon sugar [ed - or .25 oz sugar syrup]
1 3/4 ounces vodka
1/2 cup shaved ice
dash of bitters

Mix all ingredients, except bitters, in blender over 1/2 cup shaved ice. Blend! Pour into 16-ounce glass over ice cubes. Add dash of bitters. Garnish with pineapple spear skewered with red and green maraschino cherries, 1/2 slice orange, and parasol placed into and 8-inch straw. Serves 1.


Blogger Reggaexx said...

I'm diggin' the drink recipes - the Maiden's Downfall definitely puts me in the mood for the excellent musical selections! Keep it up Kono - you gotta great thing going! Thanks

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