On Tuesday I went to yet another great LivingSocial 918 F Street mixology course. Jon Arroyo, chief mixologist of Founding Farmers, went over the basics of tiki cocktails, followed by a tasting of four drinks from the genre.
Arroyo did a great job of explaining the cocktails and the history behind them, as well as some other useful cocktail bullets:
- Cocktails are spirit, water, sugar, bitters.
- Mojito is a swizzle vs a tiki (see also Queen’s Park Swizzle).
- Pour sweet, sour, then spirit so if you mess up and have to pour out you won’t waste spirit.
On to the evening’s cocktails.
- Zombie – a cocktail with eleven ingredients invented by Don the Beachcomber. This one had 3 different rums, Falernum, bitters, absinthe, grenadine, fruit juices, cinnamon syrup, and was topped off with a mint sprig.
- Mai Tai – one of the best known tiki cocktails…this one created by Trader Vic. Rums, curaçao, orgeat, and lime juice.
- Scorpion – A smaller version of the scorpion bowl….rums and brandy (or cognac) with triple sec, lime, and orange juice.
- Painkiller – a creamy tiki cocktail that includes coconut milk (Arroyo makes his own), orange juice, pineapple juice (in this case we used pineapple syrup – I’ll have to try making that) and, of course, rum. The drink was garnished with nutmeg.
Fantastic class taught by a master mixologist. Definitely worth the while. I’ve been very impressed with the two mixology classes that I’ve attended thus far at 918 F Street, and I heard good things that night about others that I, unfortunately, missed. I’d encourage others to attend if they’re in the D.C.-area. See below for some more photos of the evening.