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Featuring a groundbreaking new approach to understanding rum and more than 100 delicious recipes, “Smuggler’s Cove” is the magnum opus of the contemporary tiki renaissance.

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Smuggler's Cove

Who would you recommend this book to?
– Intermediate and expert bartenders, Tiki culture admirers, Zombie, Mai Tai and Tropical cocktail lovers, Caribbean dreamers.

When was this book published?
–  September 2016

Who is the author?
Martin and Rebecca Cate. Martin is a rum and exotic cocktail expert and along with Rebecca they are the owners and founders of Smuggler’s Cove San Francisco (#29 in World’s 50 Best Bars list). 

So, what’s so special about this book?
Smuggler’s Cove, the cocktail bar, features the largest rum selection in the United States and serves cocktails from over three centuries of rum history. And Smuggler’s Cove now has the book. 
Featuring over 80 exotic and traditional recipes, both classic and modern, made from premium spirits (including exclusive rums available nowhere else) and liqueurs, house-made ingredients, and 100% fresh citrus juiced in-house daily. Read about the Birth of Tiki and it’s revival, learn how to appreciate rum and how to engage those amazing spirits into amazing tropical drinks.

Develop your bartending expertise through the Tiki Techniques described in detail throughout the chapter The Theater of the Exotic Cocktail. Find tips on Flash Blend and Dry Flash, the prefered styles of ice and how to combine them. Read about the Eight Essential Exotic Elixirs and recipes for some amazing homemade syrups to use in your cocktails. Take into consideration Cate’s guidance on how to create modern balanced cocktails with the most proper garnishes.

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. Martin and Rebecca Cate, 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.  Martin and Rebecca teach you everything you need to become a tiki-geek and discover the secrets behind one of the world’s best bars.

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