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Chill Out with Some Classic Summer Fun

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Tiki drinks are a call to have fun. That’s what Jake Corney, head bartender at Bohanan’s Bar, 221 E. Houston St., had in mind when developing the following libations, including variations on a pair of tiki classics, the Mai Tai and Fu Manchu. So, get out the torches, the leis and the island music, and let the good times roll.

All of these drinks can be made as punches, if you’d like; just multiply the quantity by the amount you wish to make. Just remember that adding ice to the punch bowl can water down your drinks. Corney suggests getting a large block of ice for the punch bowl because it will melt more slowly; otherwise, leave the ice for the glasses. And don’t be afraid to play around with the recipes to suit your tastes.

La Florida

La Florida

1 ½ ounces lime juice
¾ ounce Italian vermouth
3/8 ounce white creme de cacao
3/8 ounce orange curaçao
3/8 ounce grenadine
1 ½ ounces white rum

Shake lime juice, vermouth, creme de cacao, orange curaçao, grenadine and rum with ice. Serve in tiki glass.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Jake Corney/Bohanan’s Bar

Joe's Volcano

Joe’s Volcano

¾ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce orgeat (see note)
2 ounces Goslings Rum
1 slice orange
1 egg white
Club soda
1 dash Angosturra bitters

Shake lemon juice, orgeat, run, orange and egg white in a dry shaker. Add ice and re-shake. Serve in tiki mug. Top with soda and a dash of Angostura.

Note: Orgeat is a sweet syrup made with almonds.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Jake Corney/Bohanan’s Bar

Mai Tai

Mai Tai!

1 ounce lime juice
½ ounce orgeat (see note)
½ ounce orange curaçao
1 ounce aged rum
1 ounce white rum
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash Peychauds bitters
Freshly ground nutmeg

Served over cracked ice in chilled double old fashioned glass. Dust with freshly ground nutmeg.

Note: Orgeat is a sweet syrup made with almonds.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Jake Corney/Bohanan’s Bar

Gee Punch

Gee Punch

1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce grapefruit juice
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce falernum (see note)
1 ounce dark aged rum
1 ounce white rum
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash Peychaud bitters

Mix juices, falernum and rums. Pour into a chilled pilsner glass filled with crushed ice. Bitters go on top.

Note: Falernum is a sweet syrup used in tropical drinks. It has cloves, allspice, nutmeg and ginger among its flavors.  Substitute a simple syrup and maybe add a splash more white rum if you can’t find it.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Jake Corney/Bohanan’s Bar

Fu Manchu

Fu Manchu

1 ounce lime
3/8 ounce simple syrup
3/8 ounce creme de menthe
3/8 ounce orange curaçao
¼ ounce triple sec
2 ounces white rum

Serve in a tiki glass.

Makes 1 cocktail.

From Jake Corney/Bohanan’s Bar

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