Tiki Bar classics – the Mai Tai

The cocktails served in Tiki bars will vary, but are mostly based around different rums, served with fresh fruit juices and liqueurs. Many are colourful, including ingredients such as Blue Curacao, and the drinks are usually adorned with umbrellas, fresh fruit and other kitsch accompaniments. Drinks can often be served in Tiki mugs, coconut shells, scorpion bowls and similar vessels, making the whole experience fun and light hearted.

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Adventures in Queens

I had read about a chilled-out speakeasy called Dutch Kills, promising a ‘There Will Be Blood’ atmosphere and a great range of traditional cocktails. Intrigued, we jumped off the train at Queens Plaza on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. This was our first trip into Queens, and we didn’t really know what to expect. We walked along Jackson Avenue from the station, our initial excitement dimming as once the station activity dwindled we seemed to find ourselves completely alone on what looked like an abandoned stretch of road. Undeterred we strolled through the city heat until we reached the corner of Jackson Avenue and Dutch Kills Street, where we had been told we would find the bar…

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Spotlight on Cachaça – A Taste of Brazil!

Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane. It is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil. The major difference between cachaça and rum is that rum is usually made from molasses, while cachaça is made from fresh sugarcane juice that is fermented and distilled. As some rums are also made by this process, cachaça is sometimes known as Brazilian rum.

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