The Week in Tiki (Sept. 21-Oct. 4, 2015): The Hukilau passes going on sale, Hulaween is back at The Mai-Kai, Ohana flock to the sea

The Week in Tiki Get ready to book your trip to The Hukilau 2016: Tickets and rooms could be available as early as this week. The latest news also includes details on Hulaween, The Mai-Kai’s annual Halloween party. Also in South Florida, Ohana: Luau by the Sea just wrapped up its first annual gathering. Event previews include Mod-Palm Springs, Mahaloween at Trader Sam’s, and the UK RumFest. We also look back at a memorial for The Pizz, the Tonga Room’s 70th anniversary, Thee Hot Rod Luau in Huntington Beach, Dapper Day and Tiki Day at Disneyland, and Rome Rumfest. Regular features honor the artist of the week, Eekum Bookum; Northeast surf band 9th Wave; Kreepy Tiki Lounge in Fort Lauderdale; and the Cocktail Kingdom website. Cockspur Fine Rum is featured in The Mai-Kai’s Moonkist Coconut.
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Passes, special event tickets and rooms available soon for The Hukilau 2016

It’s time to gear up and make your plans for The Hukilau’s 15th anniversary event, coming June 8-12 to the historic Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel and The Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Weekend passes and several special event tickets may go on sale as early as this week, along with special room rates, organizer Christie “Tiki Kiliki” White told The Atomic Grog.

The Hukilau 2016 artwork by Shag

The Hukilau 2016 artwork by Shag.

Keep an eye on The Hukilau’s official website and Facebook page for updates.

In August, White announced the dates and some details on the East Coast’s oldest and largest Tiki weekender, including special guest Shag. The acclaimed artist will be creating a special 15th anniversary print and designing the event mug, White said, along with hosting several signings of his books and art.

But the most anticipated Shag-related activity may be “Shag’s SkyLounge,” an exclusive cocktail party in the 17th floor rotating Pier Top Ballroom at Pier 66. Built in 1965, the space-age tower has already been depicted by Shag in promotional artwork for the 2016 event. “The Pier Top Ballroom will be transformed into a mid-century modern sky lounge,” White said. “Guests will have the opportunity to actually be a part of a live Shag painting.” Shag will also be presenting a separate symposium, his first ever at a Tiki event, White said. He plans to talk about his life and times and art, she said.

Steve Yamada (left) and Jeff

Steve Yamada (left) and Jeff “Beachbum” Berry from Latitutde 29 serve up their signature T.O.T.C. Swizzle at the Tiki Tower Takeover in June 2015. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

The other signature event in the Pier Top Ballroom will be a reprise of last year’s Tiki Tower Takeover, which brought together four of the country’s top Tiki barmen for an exclusive happy hour event featuring their signature cocktails. While enjoying spectacular views of Fort Lauderdale, guests were treated to full-sized and fully garnished drinks personally mixed by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry (Latitude 29), Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove), Paul McGee (Lost Lake), and Brian Miller (“Tiki Mondays With Miller”.

For 2016, Berry is confirmed to return, White said, and he’ll be joined by five more top Tiki cocktail bars from around the world. That expands the lineup of bars (and selection of drinks) from four to six. White said the Tiki Tower Takeover and Shag’s SkyLounge will both take place on Thursday, June 9.
* Atomic Grog recap: Photos, recipes, full report on the 2015 Tiki Tower Takeover

The Hukilau's two host venues, The Mai-Kai and Pier 66, are both celebrating their 60th anniversary in 2016.

The Hukilau’s two host venues, The Mai-Kai and Pier 66, are both celebrating their 60th anniversary in 2016.

Multi-day passes will be going on sale in October, possibly this week, White said. Like past years, there will be several different price points depending on the number of days and other benefits. Prices are still being determined, she said. Tickets to the two signature events – Shag’s SkyLounge and the Tiki Tower Takeover – will also be available soon, White said. They may be offered at the same time as the passes, but it’s possible they could go on sale a bit later, she said.

The full symposium lineup (including the Shag symposium) will be announced and go on sale in January along with single-day tickets. The entertainment and band lineup will also be announced in January, along with the launch of the full website, White said. In the meantime, keep an eye on The Hukilau’s official sites and The Atomic Grog for updates and sneak previews.

Along with passes and tickets, White announced the special hotel room rates at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 for The Hukilau guests. Info on how to reserve your room will be announced along with the multi-day passes, White said. Prices will be $129 for a marina view, $149 for a tower balcony, and $169 for a tower junior suite. The June event will be noteworthy not only because it will mark The Hukilau’s 15th year. It will also commemorate 60 years since the opening of both Pier 66 and The Mai-Kai, site of The Hukilau since its second event in 2003. This will be the second year at Pier 66. Expect special tributes and events dedicated to both landmark venues along with new features such as poolside parties, DIY Tiki craft projects, a fashion show, and more.

Official sites: TheHukilau.com | Facebook: Page and Group | Twitter | Instagram
Atomic Grog coverage: Shag to help toast The Hukilau’s 15th anniversary in 2016
* 2015 recaps, photos: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday/Sunday

The Mai-Kai hosts seventh annual Hulaween on Oct. 30

Fort Lauderdale’s iconic Tiki establishment, The Mai-Kai, has announced its seventh annual Halloween party for Friday, Oct. 30. “Hulaween 7 – Night of the Zombie” will feature a costume contest with cash and special prizes, drink specials and Appleton Rum giveaways, plus three sets of classic roots and rockabilly tunes from Slip and the Spinouts.

Slip and the Spinouts perform at Hulaween 2014 at The Mai-Kai. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

Slip and the Spinouts perform at Hulaween 2014 at The Mai-Kai. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward)

The party takes place in the restaurant’s nautical-themed Molokai bar, kicking off with happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. with most specialty drinks and classic Polynesian appetizers half-priced. A playlist of retro Halloween tunes will segue into the live music around 7 p.m., with the costume contest taking center stage around 10. The party continues past the witching hour. Look for a full event preview coming soon.

The Mai-Kai was recently named the best Tiki bar in the world by Critiki.com users in a tally of the website’s ratings. Over more than a decade, the site’s 6,000 members have registered 50,000 ratings of more than 850 Tiki bars, restaurants and hotels around the world on everything from drink quality to decor. The Mai-Kai scores highly in most categories, topping the overall list with a 9.8 rating (out of 10).
* Mai-Kai named top Tiki bar on the planet (SouthFlorida.com)
* Mai-Kai Restaurant named best Tiki bar in the world (Fort Lauderdale Daily)
The Mai-Kai: Official site | Facebook page
2014 Hulaween recap, photos:
* A ghastly good time at The Mai-Kai’s sixth annual Hulaween party

New event lures Ohana to the sea

Ohana: Luau by the Sea

Members, friends and followers of the Fraternal Order Of Moai flocked to Fort Lauderdale for the first ever Ohana: Luau by the Sea on Oct. 1-3, the region’s impeccable weather enhancing the good vibes. As if influenced by some mystic Tiki gods, the region’s hot, humid and rainy weather eased for the weekend, giving the event’s visitors the perfect backdrop for their festive fun.

Early arrivals gathered Wednesday night for happy hour at The Mai-Kai, the beloved Polynesian restaurant that was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places. On Thursday, registration started as guests checked into the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport hotel. The kick-off party was hosted by the nearby Kreepy Tiki Lounge (see Tiki bar of the week below), featuring a carnival sideshow theme along with special cocktails from sponsor Pusser’s Rum and live music from South Florida’s The Zoo Peculiar and Jangle Leg.

Live Tiki carving demonstration by DeTiki on Friday, Oct. 2. (Ohana by the Sea Facebook photo)

Live Tiki carving demonstration by DeTiki on Friday, Oct. 2. (Ohana by the Sea Facebook photo)

On Friday, registration started early as guests arrived to pick up their swag bags, mugs and other merchandise. The limited edition event mug was crafted by PopTiki of Colorado. Things escalated quickly at noon, when organizers of the Miami Rum Festival hosted a “rumposium” and tasting challenge. Guests sampled five different rums in a blind tasting and were challenged to name them. But Ohana cannot live on rum alone, so there were other activities throughout the day, including a poolside carving demonstration by Deland’s DeTiki and ukulele lessons from Tony Baloney. A seminar, “Exploring Mid-Century Nautical Tiki,” was presented by FOM member and Tiki historian Mike Skinner. Souvenir photos were also being offered by Go11 Media.

Transportation was provided to The Mai-Kai, where the party got serious at the mecca of Tiki bar culture. Cutback Surfband performed in The Molokai lounge before and after dinner, while guests savored the 58-year-old landmark’s one-of-a-kind cocktails. Attendees had front-row seats for The Mai-Kai’s famous Polynesian Islander Review, the longest-running authentic South Seas stage show in all 50 states. The Mai-Kai also offered a special drink for the event, The Ohana Grog, plus a flight of rums from sponsor El Dorado. [See menu]

Happy hour in the The Molokai bar at The Mai-Kai on Friday, Oct. 2. (Ohana by the Sea Facebook photo)

Happy hour in the The Molokai bar at The Mai-Kai on Friday, Oct. 2. (Ohana by the Sea Facebook photo)

Saturday offered no rest from Friday’s fun, with such daytime poolside activities as Tiki Bingo, the Ohana Marketplace, plus the charity gift shop and silent auction, which raise a large portion of the money for Fraternal Order Of Moai charities. Besides those mentioned above, this year’s sponsors included Cockspur Fine Rum (see Rum of the Week below), Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum, Rhum Clement, Richland Rum, Tiki Club Rum, Cherry Heering, Orgeat Works, Re’al Ingredients, Barritt’s Ginger Beer, Royer Corp., Frankie’s Tiki Room, Tiki Magazine & More, Tortuga Tile Works, Fashiontramp Fashions, and Cats Like Us.

The event reached its climax with the Saturday night Ohana Luau dinner and show. The eclectic entertainment included exotica tunes from Tampa’s Stolen Idols, a Taiko drumming performance by South Florida’s Roy and Malia Anderson (aka Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid), and sizzling surf tunes from Deerfield Beach’s Skinny Jimmy Stingray and 9th Wave from Connecticut (this week’s Band of the Week). And for those still up for more on Sunday, there was a bonus tour of Fort Lauderdale’s of South Florida Distillers, producers of the award-winning Fwaygo Rum.

The Fraternal Order Of Moai is a social organization that connects like-minded devotees of Polynesian Pop to a network of events and fellow Tikiphiles across the country. FOM events are typically fund-raisers for local and worldwide causes. Proceeds from Ohana: Luau by the Sea (along with sister event Ohana: Luau at the Lake in upstate New York) benefit the Easter Island Foundation, with the goal of providing scholarships for the citizens of Rapa Nui.
* LuauByTheSea.com | Facebook page | Twitter | Ohana app

EVENT PREVIEWS: Mod-Palm Springs, Mahaloween, UK RumFest

Mod-Palm Springs

Organizers of the third annual Mod-Palm Springs are counting down to the Oct. 8-11 event at the Caliente Tropics resort. Presented by Shag the Store and Rory “Wildsville Man” Snyder (the man also behind Tiki Caliente), Mod-Palm Springs is a showcase for the mid-century style of Palm Springs and acclaimed artist Shag. Special events include tours of Shag’s desert hideaway and a “Cocktail Climb” with Shag aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. [Check for tickets and availability] In addition to live music (Martini Kings, Jimmy Psycho Experiment, Marty Lush and Brassiere ’66, Tiki Tronic, Fono 66, The Outta Sites, The Do-Its), the event is known for its festive room parties hosted by SoCal scensters including Zen Tiki Lounge and Bootlegger Tiki. Shag also designed the official event 2015 mug, which is being produced by Eekum Bookum (see Artist of the Week below)..
* Official site | Facebook pages: Event | Room crawl

The MahaloWeen mug is inspired by Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. (Disney Parks Blog)

The MahaloWeen mug is inspired by Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. (Disney Parks Blog)

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel will host the second MahaloWeen on Oct. 12 and 13. For $150, guests will receive two drink tickets, a commemorative kukui nut lei, a Tiki print, a special edition Jack Skellington Tiki mug (available only to attendees), and the chance to buy the standard mug. The artists who created the print and mug will also be on hand to autograph their pieces. Space is limited. Last year’s event sold out, so reservations are encouraged. There are two seatings per day, 6 and 8 p.m. While last year’s inaugural event had some logistical problems, it sold out and was considered a success. Missing from this year is an Imagineering presentation like the one last year that revealed details about the upcoming Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney World. [Exclusive Atomic Grog coverage, photos]
* Check for tickets | Event info | Tiki Central discussion

Rum Experience Week and UK RumFest

Thousands of rum enthusiasts from around the world will gather Oct. 17-18 in London for the ninth annual UK RumFest. Some 400 different rums will be showcased at the ILEC Conference Centre in Earl’s Court for spirits professionals and novices alike. In addition to tastings, RumFest will feature seminars, classes and workshops by some of the top professionals in their respective fields. Also on tap will be live on-stage demos showcasing rum pairings, cooking demos, cocktail competitions and more. RumFest will coincide with the first Rum Experience Week (Oct. 12-18), featuring additional rum-focussed events all over London that bring together bars, chefs, distillers, brands and rum lovers. Considered the world’s premiere rum festival, UK RumFest is organized by noted rum expert and “ambassador” Ian Burrell. Last year, RumFest hosted the world’s largest rum tasting, which earned it a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
* Official site | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube
* Press coverage: The Spirits Business | A Mountain of Crushed Ice

EVENT RECAPS: Memorial for The Pizz, Tonga Room 70th anniversary, Thee Hot Rod Luau, Dapper Day and Tiki Day at Disneyland, Rome Rumfest

The Pizz is remembered at Don the Beachcomber on Sept. 19. (Facebook photo)

The Pizz is remembered at Don the Beachcomber on Sept. 19. (Facebook photo)

Friends and admirers of The Pizz, the legendary California lowbrow and Tiki artist who died Aug. 30 (see story), gathered at a memorial event Sept. 19 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach. “The Pizz was totally into Tiki art, so Don’s is the perfect place for a memorial for him,” event organizer Ed Boswell told the Long Beach Press Telegram. “He would’ve loved it.” You can still contribute to The Pizz Memorial Fund, a GoFundMe effort to benefit his widow, Yuki

The Tonga Room in San Francisco turned 70 on Sept. 23 with a “Tiki Chic” party that packed the world’s longest-running Tiki bar and restaurant. The Tonga Room opened in 1945, just a month after VJ Day, in the basement of the historic Fairmont hotel. From the very beginning, the hotel’s former pool was the centerpiece of the restaurant with its hourly rainstorms and floating barge for performers. It did not get its full-blown Tiki decor until 1967, however. In recent years, the Tonga Room survived a potential sale of the hotel and now looks better than it has in years after a $1 million renovation.
* The Tonga Room: Looking good at the age of 70 (San Francisco Chronicle
* Official website | Facebook | Tiki bar of the week

Curse of the Tiki 2

Thee Hot Rod Luau was a success in its first year out of the gate on Sept 26 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach. The an all-day festival, organized by Spike Marble of The Hula Girls, included live bands (Agent Orange, The Hula Girls, The Rayford Bros., Pat James and the No Names, Buddy Lee and the Dungaree Dogs, Outerwave, The Mai Tais), DJs, a car show, a pinup contest, artists and vendors, plus more. Spike and The Hula Girls will be back at Don the Beachcomber on Oct. 30 for their second annual Curse of the Tiki exotic variety show, with guests the Jimmy Psycho Experiment, burlesque and sideshow performers, plus more. Also at the venerable restaurant, don’t miss the next next International Tiki Market Place on Saturday, Oct. 10.
The Hula Girls blog
* Full photo recap of Thee Hot Rod Luau
* Preview of Curse of the Tiki 2

The Tiki Day group photo. (From Facebook)

The Tiki Day group photo. (From Facebook)

Disneyland was was the place for fashionable retrophiles to be in September, with both the Dapper Day events (Sept. 18-19) and Tiki Day (Sept. 27) drawing enthusiastic turnouts. The biannual Dapper Day, which dates back to 2011, keeps getting bigger and bigger. The Dapper Day Expo included the Fall Soirée in Disneyland, a car show, and a retro slideshow by Charles Phoenix. “In the future, I hope every day is Dapper Day,” Phoenix told the crowd. “And they’ll have one day that’s schlub day.” Disney claims more than 20,000 people attend the event, and organizer Justin Jorgensen told LAist that Dapper Days keep getting bigger. To avoid the heat, next year’s fall Dapper Day will move to November, while the spring event will move to late May. The smaller but no less passionate attendees of Tiki Day gathered in the park in their Polynesian finest for meet-ups, group rides (including a jam-packed Enchanted Tiki Room) and photos, plus a meet-and-greet at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.
* Tiki Day photos: Facebook event | Facebook page
* Dapper Day photos: Official site | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr
* Press coverage: Los Angeles Magazine | LAist | LA Weekly | Orange County Register

Appleton Rum

More than 130 rums were showcased in 30 exhibits at the fifth annual Rome Rumfest on Sept. 26-28. The first two days were open to the public while the third was for trade professionals. The event drew large crowds of rum enthusiasts and spirits professionals who also came for a variety of classes and special events. There were 20 winners announced in the international ShowRum Tasting Competition, judged by a panel of rum experts from around the world. Jamaica’s Appleton took home three awards, while Abuelo (Panama), Pitú (Brazil), and Trois Rivieres (Martinique) each won two.
* Rob’s Rum Guide: Full report, list of the winners

***** Links of the week*****
* The Bay Area’s most festive Tiki bars (7×7)
* Creating an “adventure bar” that doesn’t feel like a theme park (Tales of the Cocktail)
* The Piña Colada grows up (Eater)
* Dark ‘n Stormy maker brings trademark action (Courthouse News Service)
* Cuban rum: Battle for authenticity plays out (The Financial Times)
* Tiki mugs: A uniquely American art form (Robb Vices)
* Your beginner’s guide to Tiki bars and culture (Thrillist)
* California Rum Fest 2015 and Rational Spirits Santeria pre-launch (Cocktail Wonk)
* Great rum without rotting goat heads (The Daily Beast)
* Tiki bar revival to arrive in Portland (Maine) this winter (Portland Press Herald)
* Wauwatiki may land in Tosa before the snow flies (OnMilwaukee)
* Drink The Boot & Get Bent in 151 Bar’s subterranean Tiki den (Gothamist)

The 2015 Tiki Oasis mug, created by Eekum Bookum.

The 2015 Tiki Oasis mug, created by Eekum Bookum.

ARTIST OF THE WEEK:
Eekum Bookum

One of the most in-demand Tiki mug designers and manufacturers, John Mulder has created distinctive ceramics for many of the country’s top events (The Hukilau, Tiki Oasis, Tiki Caliente, Mod Palm Springs, Texas Tiki Week) and private clients (Kon Tiki, Kahuna Kevin, Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides). Eekum Bookum mugs are designed and sculpted in Alabama by Mulder and wife Janet in stoneware, and they’re offered only as limited editions. Mulder is also an accomplished fine artist with paintings shown in gallery exhibits across the country
* Official website | Facebook | Instagram
* See past artists of the week

Don’t miss John Mulder and Eekum Bookum handled the sculpting, painting and manufacturing of the Shag-designed official event mug for Mod Palm Springs, set for Oct. 8-11 in Palm Springs, Calif. The limited edition of 150 mugs will be available only at the event.

9th Wave

BAND/MUSIC OF THE WEEK: 9th Wave

A fixutre in the Northeast surf scene and at Fraternal Order Of Moai events, Connecticut’s 9th Wave has been churning out an eclectic mash-up of surf, exotica and hot-rod music since 1995. The band has released six full-ength albums (Victory at Sunset in 2011 is the latest) and performed across the East Coast, from New York City and Boston to Georgia and Florida. The foursome includes the usual guitar, bass and drums, plus the unique contributions of Sandy “Oceana” Rosado (flute, piccolo, organ, alto saxophone, and rhythm guitar). She and husband Mike “Staccato” Rosado (lead guitar) are the founders and directors of the North East Surf Music Alliance, a network of surf bands across the area.
* 9thWaveSurf.com | Facebook
* Buy CDs, shirts: Official band merch page
* Amazon: CDs | Downloads
* All past bands/music of the week

Catch 9th Wave: The official band of Ohana made its first South Florida appearance at the newest Fraternal Order Of Moai event, Ohana: Luau by the Sea, on Oct. 3, at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport hotel. (see recap above). The band will also be performing at Unsteady Freddie’s Surf Rock Shindig at Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York City on Nov. 7.

Kreepy Tiki Lounge in Fort Lauderdale. (Facebook photo)

Kreepy Tiki Lounge in Fort Lauderdale. (Facebook photo)

TIKI BAR OF THE WEEK:
Kreepy Tiki Lounge

Named one of the best 22 Tiki bars in the country by Condé Nast Traveler, Fort Lauderdale’s Kreepy Tiki Lounge has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a casual adjunct to Kreepy Tiki Tattoos (est. 2008 by artist Jackson Valiente). Over the years, the bar had its ups and downs as retro lounge and punk-rock bar, also known as 5 Points Lounge and the Monterey Club. But things got serious over the past year when the venue moved beyond beer and wine with a liquor license and full-blown redesign. The decor is full-on Tiki, with a bit of Día de Muertos mixed in for good measure. The retro vibe matches the tattoo shop, a longtime hub of South Florida scenesters into lounge, swing, pin-up, rockabilly and other vintage styles. Live entertainment is still a staple, with a surprisingly eclectic schedule that includes jazz (every Wednesday), swing, punk, comedy and burlesque. But the big surprise is the cocktail menu, created by mixologists from Miami Beach’s acclaimed The Broken Shaker and perfectly executed by co-owner Ayme Harrison and her team of bartenders using homemade bitters and syrups, hand-squeezed juices, and top-shelf spirits. The menu is small but potent, featuring new takes on classics (Jet Pilot, Pain Killer, Dark & Stormy, Tropical Itch, Mai Tai, Scorpion, etc.) and new creations such as the Gumbo Limbo, a tribute to the South Florida chapter of the Fraternal Order Of Moai. Recommended: Any of the five drinks featuring Smith & Cross Jamaican rum. [See menu]
* KreepyTikiLounge.com | Facebook page | Twitter | Instagram | Tiki Central discussion
* Kreepy Tiki Lounge makes Condé Nast list of best Tiki bars in U.S. (New Times)
* Blended bars: S. Florida watering holes that serve up more than drinks (Sun-Sentinel)
* Revenge of the Tiki IV: 23 bands, pinup girls, vintage cars, and more (New Times)
Update: Kreepy Tiki will close on April 1, 2017
* See past Tiki bars of the week

The Beachbum Berry Collection from Cocktail Kingdom.

The Beachbum Berry Collection from Cocktail Kingdom.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:
Cocktail Kingdom

One of the world’s premiere suppliers of premium barware to both consumers and professionals, Cocktail Kingdom endeared itself to Tikiphiles when it joined forces with tropical drink historian Jeff “Beachbum” Berry for an ongoing series of distinctive products. Essential items include the Swizzle Cup, Pearl Diver Glass, Navy Grog Cone Kit, and Skull Bar Spoon, not to mention Berry’s monumental sixth book, Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them. If you poke around the Cocktail Kingdom site, you’ll find all manner of cool products, from an authentic swizzle stick to Japanese jiggers to a Lewis ice bag and mallet. There’s also a wonderful collection of books, reflecting owner Greg Boehm’s family business (publishing). If you’re in New York City, check out the Cocktail Kingdom showroom at 36 W. 25th St.
* CocktailKingdom.com (UK site) | Beachbum Berry barware
* Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
* See past websites of the week

Don’t miss: Cocktail Kingdom is sponsoring The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown, hosted by Emeril Lagasse, at the New York City Wine & Food Festival on Oct. 17.

Cockspur Fine Rum

RUM OF THE WEEK: Cockspur Fine Rum
Also known as Cockspur Five Star, this traditional gold rum is the flagship brand from the venerable Barbados distillery established in 1884. Of course, Barbados is considered the birthplace of rum (circa 1600s), and Cockspur proudly upholds this legacy. This is a proto 80-proof, molasses-based mixing rum, slightly aged in American Oak barrels. It features both column still and pot still rums, but don’t expect a complex sipping rum. It works best in cocktails, where the sweet and spicy notes can play off other flavors, especially fruit.
* Cockspur official site | Facebook | Twitter
* Related rums of the week: Plantation Barbados 5-year-old Grande Reserve
Mount Gay Eclipse | The Real McCoy 5
* See all past rums of the week

The Mai-Kai's Moonkist Coconut featuring Cockspur Fine Rum. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, September 2015)

The Mai-Kai’s Moonkist Coconut featuring Cockspur Fine Rum. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, September 2015)

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: Moonkist Coconut
(From The Mai-Kai, Fort Lauderdale; 1959 recipe reinterpreted by The Atomic Grog)

* 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
* 1 ounce rich honey syrup (2 parts honey to 1 part water)
* 1/4 ounce falernum (Fee Brothers recommended)
* 1 1/2 ounces coconut milk
* 1/2 ounce coconut cream (Coco Lopez or Coco Real)
* 1 1/2 ounces light Puerto Rican (or Virgin Islands) rum
* 3/4 ounce gold Barbados rum (Cockspur Fine Rum)
* 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
* 1 cup (8 ounces) crushed ice
Pulse blend (in a top-down mixer if available) for 5-7 seconds. Serve in a hollowed-out young coconut or specialty glass with more crushed ice.

Creamy, spicy, sweet and exotic, the Moonkist Coconut is a quintessential Mai-Kai cocktail. The rum, bitters and falernum shine through the creamy coconut to provide a distinctive flavor kick. The recipe calls for gold Barbados rum, and Cockspur Five Star works very well.
More on the Moonkist Coconut
* Back-story, review and recipe notes from The Atomic Grog
* See all past cocktails of the week

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming events

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

***** In Florida *****
* Oct. 30 – Hulaween, The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale. [Atomic Grog coverage]
* April 15-17, 2016 – Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. [Atomic Grog coverage]
* June 8-12, 2016 – The Hukilau, Fort Lauderdale. [Atomic Grog coverage]

***** On the Eastern Seaboard *****
* Oct. 17 – The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown at the New York City Wine & Food Festival.
* June 23-26, 2016 – Ohana: Luau At The Lake at The Tiki Resort, Lake George, N.Y. [Atomic Grog coverage]

Tiki Caliente

***** Across the U.S. *****
* Oct. 8-11 – Mod Palm Springs, Palm Springs, Calif. [Atomic Grog coverage]
* Oct. 30 – Curse of the Tiki Variety Show, Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach
* Dec. 4 – Midwest Rum Fest, Louisville, Ky.
* April 14-17, 2016 – Viva Las Vegas
* May 12-15, 2016 – Tiki Caliente, Palm Springs, Calif. [Atomic Grog coverage]
* July 8-10, 2016 – Tiki Kon, Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash. [Atomic Grog coverage]
* Aug. 18-21, 2016 – Tiki Oasis, San Diego, Calif. [Atomic Grog coverage]

***** Worldwide *****
* Oct. 3-4 – German Rum Festival, Berlin.
* Oct. 17-18 –
UK RumFest, London.
* Nov. 6-7 – Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival, St. Maarten.

Keep us informed: If you have news or events to report, simply e-mail theatomicgrog@gmail.com and let us know what’s happening, along with any appropriate links. Feel free to send photos and flyers. You can also send a message via the Facebook page. If you post news or updates on a regular basis, let us know how to follow you (website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

About Hurricane Hayward

A professional journalist and Florida resident for more than 30 years, Jim "Hurricane" Hayward shares his obsession with Polynesian Pop and other retro styles on his blog, The Atomic Grog. Jim's roots in mid-century and reto culture go back to his childhood in the 1960s, when he tagged along with his parents to Tiki restaurants and his father's custom car shows. His experience in journalism, mixology, and more than 20 years as an independent concert promoter make him a jack-of-all-trades in the South Florida scene. A graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, Jim is a longtime web producer for The Palm Beach Post. In his spare time, he has promoted hundreds of rock, punk, and indie concerts under the Slammie Productions name since the early 1990s. In 2011, he launched The Atomic Grog to extensively cover events, music, art, cocktails, and culture with a retro slant. Jim earned his nickname by virtue of both his dangerous exotic drinks and his longtime position producing The Post's tropical weather website.
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