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Martin and Rebecca Cate, founders and owners of Smuggler’s Cove (the most acclaimed tiki bar of the modern era) take you on a colorful journey into the lore and legend of tiki: its birth as an escapist fantasy for Depression-era Americans; how exotic cocktails were invented, stolen, and re-invented; Hollywood starlets and scandals; and tiki’s modern-day revival, in this James Beard Award-winning cocktail book.
Featuring more than 100 delicious recipes (original and historic), plus a groundbreaking new approach to understanding rum, Smuggler’s Cove is the magnum opus of the contemporary tiki renaissance. Whether you’re looking for a new favorite cocktail, tips on how to trick out your home tiki grotto, help stocking your bar with great rums, or inspiration for your next tiki party, Smuggler’s Cove has everything you need to transform your world into a Polynesian Pop fantasia.
Make yourself a Mai Tai, put your favorite exotica record on the hi-fi, and prepare to lose yourself in the fantastical world of tiki, one of the most alluring—and often misunderstood—movements in American cultural history.
Martin Cate and his wife, Rebecca, are the proprietors of San Francisco's Smuggler's Cove, one of the nation's top tiki bars. Here, the duo share not only the recipes for many of the bar's potent potables, but also the history and lore of one of cocktailing's most iconic trends. Beginning with profiles of Ernest Gantt, aka Don the Beachcomber, and Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron, the two bar owners who created and defined tiki culture, the Cates walk readers though the evolution of the genre as well as the iconic style and music that has personified tiki from its peak in the 1950s, through its decline at the end of the 1960s, to its resurgence in the '90s, as well as the genesis and evolution of Smuggler's Cove. Even readers who don't care one whit about who came up with tiki mugs are sure to appreciate recipes for drinks such as Don the Beachcomber's Port Au Prince, a lime-pineapple-rum progenitor of the types of fruity rum drinks that would become tiki cornerstones, such as the zombie, as well as Cate's own creations such as the Formidable Dragon, which calls for three different rums and two types of simple syrup, among other ingredients. Tiki culture is enmeshed with rum, and the authors offer a master class on it, covering its history and many varieties, as well as digressions on coring pineapples for cocktails and where to score cocktail umbrellas. It's a terrifically fun and informative read, and the definitive resource on the topic.