Sunday, January 20, 2013

Assembling Ingredients for Polynesian Pearl Diver Cocktail

My mission to make a Polynesian Pearl Diver (as mentioned in an earlier post) is a complex and increasingly expensive one.

This week I started assembling the ingredients by going on Amazon and purchasing cinnamon and vanilla syrup and Falernum.  I based these purchases off of this recipe that was posted by a reader (thanks so much!): http://wiki.webtender.com/wiki/Pearl_Diver%27s_Punch

I am still on the hunt for "pimento dram," which apparently was mostly used for Tiki drinks back in the day when Tiki culture was popular.  It seems the main providers of this entity are St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram and Bitter Truth Pimento Dram.  I think I may have found a liquor store within a 20 mile radius that sells St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, but have to check it out sometime this week.

The above recipe says to use three!! types of rum.  I think I will opt for the more general recipe another poster shared (thank you!) that just said to use rum: http://www.chacha.com/question/what-is-in-a-polynesian-pearl-diver-cocktail

I'm leaning toward using Bacardi Gold, because it's cheap and decent.

Amoretti Cinnamon Syrup

Amoretti Vanilla Syrup - What's nice about this is that I can try using it to make a knock-off "Vanilla Latte."  We have a Nespresso Machine and a Nespresso Milk Frother; so it's in the stars.

Falernum

Bitter Truth Pimento Dram

St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Work Loot

Today at work I got to raid our events closet, which is full of liquor and gifts from treat bags at past events.  It was amazing.


My spoils: Tanqueray, M├ędoc, Diffuser, Georgia O'Keeffe-esque notecards,  Chanel flower pins, Whole Foods slotted spoon, Swiss Army Floral knife,  Cartier holiday cards, cocktail napkins, and two bottles of Sancerre.  Bobby Flay was talking about how much he likes Sancerre on a recent episode of Brunch at Bobby's, and I really wanted to buy a bottle.  Free is even better!

My wine rack is now pretty stocked thanks to leftover work wine and Fresh Direct order.


I'm very excited about this nearly full bottle of Tanqueray and see many a G & T's in my future. Note my Nick and Nora (from Target) Christmas pajama's in the mirror - I swear I'm not taking this bottle to bed with me. It's only Monday after all.