What an awesome few weeks it has been! Tiki Oasis, some glorious Black Orchid Club cocktails, and me getting almost no sleep at all… you know that’s truly the heart of creativity. :)
The dark eyed beauty of Ancient Egypt beckons you! This cocktail of brandy, honey, plum nectar, brandied raisins and the intoxicating kiss of rose and anise will capture your heart, leaving you helpless to resist the magical Egyptian night.
Also, word has it that a very special Wild Card cocktail will be available this evening, featuring caramelized candied peppercorns as garnish… you truly should join me. All of this PLUS Otto’s Grotto, when Mr. Von Stroheim spins his excellent mix of jazz, lounge and exotica for your audio sipping soundtrack.
Tiki Oasis was a blast. Two of the members of the Waitiki 7, Randy Wong and Tim Mayer, were kind enough to assist me in the Cocktail Presentation and Garnish Symposium I taught on Saturday. I was also assisted by the illustrious cocktail aficionados and killer DJs Jack Fetterman and Gina of the Jungle from NYC. I couldn’t have wished for a more fantastic team, and we had a blast carving up fruit and setting things on fire. I also served up my Adventures in Paradise cocktail (featuring Zaya Rum) in the Taboo Island/Thor suite. We made tons but it was gone in under an hour! Thanks to all who attended, came by and said hello, and for everyone’s wonderful words of encouragement. Kari Hendler, thanks for your photos and it was wonderful to see you in the symposium. Thanks also to Otto Von Stroheim, for a fantastic event. Here’s looking forward to another fabulous ten years!
Here’s a recap of the last few weeks of The Black Orchid Club:
Week 6: Firecracker
Explosive and delicious, this cocktail will rock you like the immaculate percussion of the Waitiki 7 in their performance of this fantastic exotica standard. Canton Ginger liqueur explodes in flavor when paired with pickled ginger, vodka, our custom sesame syrup, fresh lemon and a fine dusting of toasted wasabi sesame seeds.
Those who solved the riddle of what all of these cocktails have in common also earned themselves the “12” cocktail, with it’s very unique garnish.
Week 7: Adventures in Paradise
The ability to serve this cocktail at Tiki Oasis with a Zaya Rum sponsorship and the assistance of Randy and Tim of the Waitiki 7, after a cocktail that was named and created in honor of their fantastic record release of last year was an honest treat. Thank you again, gentlemen, for all of your help and support last weekend. Special thanks also to Zaya Rums, for sponsoring me and Forbidden Island!
Real Madagascar vanilla, allspice, rich dark rum and pepper berries... a glorious cocktail, worthy of the stunning tune that is its namesake!
American Bourbon in a soothing sea of coconut, cinnamon and rice milk will carry you to the shimmering lush Balinese jungle. We won't fault you if you decide to never return from those lush bowers.
Perhaps you also asked about the “Party on Saturn?”
Wild Card: Saturday Night On Saturn
More fabulousness awaits, more wild cards, more fun with great vinyl spinning and one of the hottest September 1sts you’ve ever had… so come and see me tonight at Forbidden Island, 1304 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, CA.
You’ll be the thirsty one… I’ll be the redhead with the cocktail shaker behind the bar… it’ll be love at first sight, baby.
I’ll see YOU at the Island!