Teal This is Over

Teal This is Over

Feeling a little blue during quarantine? Or maybe you just want to get your QuaranTiki on with a brightly hued Ladies Who Tiki colored drink.

In any case, this tropical cocktail embodies true escapism, and we could all use that right now – even if it’s just escaping to our living rooms.

Drink this azure beauty, “Teal This is Over,” then we can finally gather at our favorite Tiki bars or events.

For the white rum, we used Huntington Beach’s Surf City Still Works Surf Rider Rum. Distilled from superior Virgin Islands sugar cane, it features notes of banana, pineapple, papaya, mango, and coconut. This lovingly crafted small-batch rum also features artwork from Huntington Beach resident, McBiff.

  • 2oz White Rum (Surf Rider Rum)
  • 1oz Coconut Rum (Blue Chair Bay)
  • 1oz Coconut Cream (Homemade, but any will do.)
  • 1oz Pineapple Juice
  • .75oz Blue Curaçao (Giffard’s)
  • .75oz Lime Juice

Shake and serve with plenty of crushed ice in a Hurricane Glass. Enjoy.

If you happen to mix this cocktail up, please post a picture and tag us and use the hashtag #TealThisIsOver. (Because we really can’t wait until this is over.)

How To Help Our Ohana During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The villagers (Zombie Village, San Francisco) have set up a Go Fund Me page.
The villagers (Zombie Village, San Francisco) have set up a Go Fund Me page.

We know things are a little crazy out there for everyone right now and we hope you’re all okay and safe at home. To ensure the safety of their staff and patrons many of our favorite tiki bars and restaurants have had to close their doors, often not knowing when (or if) they’ll be able to reopen. Our friends in the hospitality industry are doing their part to help flatten the curve for the Covid-19 pandemic but it’s especially difficult for bartenders and servers who often work paycheck to paycheck or rely on tips. A handful of places are still keeping the tiki torches glowing through take-out food orders (and cocktails, in some cases thanks to some swift changes in regulations), while others are pushing online mug sales, and gift certificates or have started fundraisers for staff. If you’ve ever enjoyed a delicious beverage in any of these fine establishments or are an admirer from afar and can afford to lend a hand, here’s how you can help our Ohana during this difficult time. 

Archipelago – Washington, DC

If you’re local, the team is working behind the scenes to offer take out food, beer, wine, and cocktails (yes, you read that right!). They have single drinks ($10) or party size ($45) for a Mai Tai, Mojito, Piña Colada, and a special cocktail called If the Phone Don’t Ring. The takeout food menu is available via Uber Eats or text 202-627-0794 for more info. The staff at Archipelago has also created a Venmo account for donations. Find them under the username @archipelago-staff and donate.

Max’s South Seas Hideaway – Grand Rapids, MI

Max’s has reopened for takeout and delivery service. They are now selling food, cocktail mixes, and a “takeout tiki party” to support their employees while giving guests an opportunity to create a mini vacation for their families. Each order includes leis, Max’s swizzle sticks, cocktail napkins, and ice.  http://www.maxstiki.com

Hidden Harbor – Pittsburgh, PA

Hidden Harbor is selling “just-add-rum” mocktails in both individual portions and in 32 oz. crowler cans that serve four (just add long straws!), along with select tropical food dishes. Order online and pick up “Tiki To-Go” food & mocktail sales next door at their sister restaurant, The Independent, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. every day until further notice. Don’t live in PGH? You can still support them by purchasing a gift card or merch online via their webshop. Their tiki space robot and Marquesan mugs are both currently on sale while supplies last. http://www.hiddenharborpgh.com/merch

Hidden Harbor is selling “just-add-rum” mocktails.

False Idol –  San Diego, CA

The team at False Idol and Consortium Holdings is selling a special social distancing relief t-shirt and 100% of the profits are being donated to their staff. You can also support them by purchasing a gift card or other items from their online shop. Per their website, proceeds from gift certificates to any of their locations go directly to team members who have lost their jobs due to the closures. https://consortiumholdings.com/product/sixfeetplz/

VenTiki – Ventura, CA

The Steepleton’s, VenTiki’s loyal patrons, have set up a Go Fund Me fundraiser they are calling the Ventiki Ohana campaign. The goal is simple – to raise funds to help the staff pay their bills during the Coronavirus crackdown. The patrons are encouraging people to donate what you would normally spend during a visit to VenTiki. https://www.gofundme.com/f/ventiki-ohana

Trader Vic’s – Emeryville, CA

The bar is closed until further notice but is still providing food through DoorDash and discounts on gift cards. If you’re local, you can also place an order by calling (510) 653-3400. To purchase a 20% off gift card that can be used for full value at a later date please email either faith.nebergall@tradervics.com or Mishan.stinson@tradervics.com

Zombie Village – San Francisco, CA

Due to the Covid-19 situation, all of the Villagers are now “temporarily unemployed” and they’ve started a fundraiser to help the staff. All donations will be evenly distributed to each member of the team. https://www.gofundme.com/f/zombie-village-team-relief-fund 

Pagan Idol – San Francisco, CA

The staff at Pagan Idol have also started a Go Fund Me to help employees be able to make ends meet and pay rent while the bar is closed. Your donation will go directly to them and be divided equally among staff. https://www.gofundme.com/f/nfmr2n-pagan-idol-staff-relief-fund 

Forbidden Island – Alameda, CA

Like many of the tiki bars on this list, Forbidden Island is currently closed. You can support them by purchasing apparel, mugs, and gift cards on their web shop or bidding on rare mugs on their Facebook group. You can also donate directly to the staff via their Go Fund Me page. https://forbidden-island-retail.myshopify.com/ & https://www.gofundme.com/f/i-love-fi

The Mermaid – Los Angeles, CA

Support The Mermaid staff and get some cool merchandise by purchasing one of their donation packages on Go Fund Me. Get a shirt ($25), hat ($30), mug ($50) or all three items ($100). https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-the-mermaid-staff

Tonga Hut – Los Angeles, CA

Tonga Hut’s Marie King has started a virtual tip jar. No donation is too small, and every dollar will go to their bartenders, bar backs, and security. https://www.gofundme.com/f/tonga-hut-noho-virtual-tip-jar-relief-fund

Tiki-Ko – Bakersfield, CA

If you would like to support Tiki-Ko and their bartenders while they are closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic you can get gift cards to use when they are able to safely reopen, purchase a limited edition Tiki-Ko glaze Ofrenda mug by Tiki Diablo or leave a virtual tip on their Go Fund Me for. They are currently offering $25 gift cards for $20. https://tiki-ko.com/shop & https://www.gofundme.com/f/tikiko-ohana

Three Dots & Dash – Chicago, IL

This iconic Chicago tiki bar is offering 40% off its online store through March 24th. The sale includes mugs, enamel pins, and t-shirts. If you’re local, they are also selling mugs and rums on-site by private appointment, message them on Instagram to schedule a time to shop.  https://shop.threedotschicago.com/collections/all

Lost Lake – Chicago, IL

Leave a tip for the staff at Lost Lake via the link below and they will sign you up for a twice-weekly newsletter with cocktails to make at home, recipes from their kitchen, Q+As with Lost Lakers, and maybe even a crossword. Every cent will go directly to Lost Lakers. https://www.gofundme.com/f/lost-lake-loves-you

The Inferno Room – Indianapolis, IN

Purchase a discounted gift card (they are currently 20% off) or mug to help support the staff at The Inferno Room. 40% of gift card proceeds and 100% of Ebay sales are being donated directly to employees.  https://theinfernoroom.com/shop/ & https://www.ebay.com/usr/crisco667?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

S.O.S Tiki – Decatur, GA

Donate to the Go Fund Me for S.O.S and as thanks, they will send you a card in the mail, and once this whole thing clears, you’ll be able to flash the card at any of their establishments and receive a treat from them, plus a “Fight Club” nod of appreciation, and maybe even a fist-bump. 100% of the proceeds will go to their staff, starting with those who need it the most. https://www.gofundme.com/f/all-fcks-given

Otto’s Shrunken Head – New York, NY

The staff at Otto’s have found themselves in an unprecedented situation. Some are home self-isolating with some symptoms, and some are trying to adjust to the new normal. All have financial burdens that must be dealt with and the team has set up a fundraiser to help. https://www.gofundme.com/f/otto039s-staff-fund

Chopper Tiki – Nashville, TN

Chopper Tiki is temporarily closed but you can order a gift card for later use to support them during this time. https://www.toasttab.com/chopper/giftcards

More Links: The Atomic Grog has a long list of other ways you can support tiki bars.

Women in Rum Take Over Trader Vic’s Emeryville

Women in Rum Take Over Trader Vic’s Emeryville

It’s no surprise that the world of tiki has transcended from what it once was in the 1950s. While many of the aesthetics remain, such as bamboo, palm fronds, hibiscus flowers, and of course delicious tropical cocktails; the world of tiki is developing into a much more inclusive community – with a high-level focus on rum, and what comprises these beautifully garnished drinks.

This transition was evident at Trader Vic’s Emeryville on April 7th, 2019.

Created by Vic “The Trader” Bergeron, Trader Vic’s opened in 1973, overlooking the San Francisco Bay and Emeryville Marina. With its tropical interior and exotic cocktails, it was the perfect venue to host a book-signing for the author, Shannon Mustipher on her successful new cocktail book, TIKI: Modern Tropical Cocktails, and hold a Tiki panel from prominent women in the rum and Tiki community.

Eve Bergeron, host and granddaughter of Trader Vic himself, brought together these women in Tiki, including our fearless leader, Michelle Perez!

Taking the stage of the panel was Shannon Mustipher, the Beverage Director for Glady’s Carribean in Brooklyn, and now the first female African-American bartender to create a cocktail book; Suzanne Long, founder of Longitude in Oakland and one of the only female rum experts in the world who has appeared in numerous symposiums and cocktail events such as Tales of the Cocktail, the Beverage Academy at Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco, Hawai’i Cocktail Week, and Tiki Oasis (just to name a few). Jeanie Grant, bar manager at Pagan Idol in San Francisco and the 2018 Tikitender champion (she won using Rum Fire overproof rum!); Humuhumu Trott founder and creator of Critiki, who has also appeared in symposiums at Tiki Kon, the Bar Institute, Hale Pele, and at her own home tiki bar, Balhi Ha’i. And of course, Michelle Perez, founder of Ladies Who Tiki who has hosted numerous meetups across the US, winner of Best Tiki Drink at Tiki Caliente 9, and has hosted rum sponsored room parties at Tiki Oasis, Tiki Caliente, and her own home bar, the Hollywood Lanai.

The panel of women answered questions about everything from rum to Tiki’s former days of cultural appropriation and to where they feel Tiki is headed today: A more inclusive community of people appreciating more than appropriating and completely revolutionizing this facet of Americana culture with a more modern approach.

Jeanie Grant told Ladies Who Tiki directly, “What I found most inspiring about the event was seeing how many people care about continuing the Tiki movement with a modern view. This view includes well-crafted cocktails, transparency in rum and the creation of an inclusive environment for all people. Being in a room full of people eager to talk about these aspects of Hospitality affirms that I am on the right path.”

When the panelists were asked what the new trend in rum was, there was a resounding agreement that the future lies in Rhum Agricole – a cane juice rum originally distilled in the French Caribbean islands from freshly pressed sugar cane juice rather than molasses. The term ‘Rhum’ is used to distinguish the fact that it is a sugar cane rum since most rums are distilled from fermented molasses. Rhum Agricole typically comes from Haiti, Martinique, and the Guadaloupe islands of Marie-Galante, Grade-Terre, and Basse-Terre, and throughout the Caribbean including Trinidad, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Grenada. Sugar cane is specifically grown for the production of Rhum Agricole, and the fields are managed and controlled like vineyards. Distillers first ferment the raw cane juice with wild, indigenous yeast to create a sugar cane wine, which they then distill into a raw, funky, and flavorful spirit that’s more vegetal than sweet. So when someone says they think rum is too sweet and they don’t like it, have them try a good Rhum Agricole.

From Mustipher’s new beautifully constructed book published by Rizzoli, a quote from the mixologist herself, “Mixing a fantastic cocktail requires a balance of art and science – knowledge of ingredients, flavors, and technique, and the skillful application of all three, Before being tasked with creating a rum-focused bar at Glady’s Carribean, I’d had very few craft cocktails made with rum, Tiki or otherwise. The latter I regarded with skepticism: While the restaurant’s interior – trimmed by jewel-toned formica, adorned with lush foliage, and energized by upbeat island music – created the perfect setting, I knew one of the challenges the bar would face was the perception of rum being too sweet, and Tiki as tacky.

It’s clear that bartenders in Tiki are changing this mindset with their new cocktail inventions and twists on some of the classics. “I made it my mission then to present bright, crisp, and nuanced drinks to not only debunk these clichéd notions but to show rum as an exemplary mixing spirit.” (7 Mustipher, Shannon. TIKI: Modern Tropical Cocktails. 2019)

As the panel continued on and Mai-Tais were sipped, it was a powerful moment to be surrounded by these female movers and shakers within rum and Tiki. It truly showed that women in this community are rocking the industry and they’re not stopping.

If you missed the opportunity to buy Shannon’s book in person, you can still purchase it online through Amazon. The layout is easy to follow and it’s the perfect size to prop open for mixing up delectable cocktails. The gorgeous photography is done by Noah Fecks.

“The key to making a truly special cocktail is to engage all the senses, and this is the heart and soul of Tiki.” – Shannon Mustipher.