Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki

Smuggler s Cove Exotic Cocktails Rum and the Cult of Tiki Cast aside your cares and worries 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 of

  • Title: Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
  • Author: Martin Cate Rebecca Cate
  • ISBN: 9781607747321
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cast aside your cares and worries 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 and Rebecca Cate, founders and owners of Smuggler s Cove the most acclaimed tiki bar of the modern era takeCast aside your cares and worries 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 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 Featuring 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.

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    1. Exotic drinks can be so intimidating, with all the different rums, syrups, fruits, etc. When I finally began trying to make some years ago, I became frustrated with recipes that led to sugary, undrinkable crap.Now, every drink I make is amazing. Now, I can drink like I'm at Smuggler's Cove, but eat anything I want at the same time. (Smuggler's Cove doesn't serve food. This is good, because if they had food, there would be no reason to leave.)This book has all the answers to questions like, "Why [...]

    2. As this is a mix of pop-history and cocktail recipes, I'm not sure whether to classify it as a cultural study or a cookbook. In either case, it's an excellent source of brain-cleansing warmth for dreary urbanites (or, like me, people stuck in the damn boonies with the cows and haystacks.) The narration provides a very decent and informative view of Americanized Tiki fantasy, with the notable drawback of inspiring the reader to bankrupt themselves in attempt to build a themed bar. Further, the bo [...]

    3. This lavish book is a number of things. First and foremost, it is a celebration of one of the best bars in America: Smuggler’s Cove. In this aspect, it is at its most successful, with loads of photos, recipes and frank discussion of the factors that have contributed to its success as a San Francisco institution.If you’re not personally familiar with Smuggler’s Cove, however, you might come away from this book with the mistaken impression that it’s an exotic restaurant along the lines of [...]

    4. Among books that exist primarily to create a snapshot of a specific bar, Smuggler's Cove may not be the best on any rational metric, but it certainly brought me the most joy. The book itself is pleasing to the eye and the touch and is remarkably well edited (presumably by Ms Cate). Even its essay–recipe–essay–recipe alternation, which makes it a less navigable recipe book, gives the reading experience a relaxed feeling that jibes with its subject matter. The serious effort that went into c [...]

    5. Cate's contribution to the tiki literature is a seminal work, reexamining and refining the study of a sub-culture that is very much alive and well. He details the history of tiki through eras, each tied to a founding figure, and comes out the other side to explain the often baffling and always complex world of rums, nomenclature, categories and even coconuts. It is an exhaustive book, and each chapter ends with elaborate recipes to satisfy any tiki-phile. Great care has been taken to make the bo [...]

    6. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. I have known Martin Cate for several years, but really only came to know his sense of humor this year. The man can be a cut-up and this humor comes through in his writing style, which is clear, concise and interesting. He explains the history of Tiki culture, Polynesian Pop and that of his own cocktail bar, while never boring, going into too much nor too little detail. Oh, and by the way, hundreds recipes for cocktails - original [...]

    7. A history of tiki from its origins to the Internet age, 100 drink recipes, and a really nice primer on the production of rum. Nice photos, and an enthusiastic, easy to read style.

    8. A recent acquisition by my local library, I thought this would be a fun random book to pick up during a cold and dreary Chicago autumn; and generally I was right, although this suffers the same problem that most books of this type do, that it works a lot better as simply a pretty object to stick on your coffeetable than to actually read. (Featuring a history of American tiki bars written by the owner of a contemporary one in San Francisco, it becomes clear right away that Martin Cate is firmly a [...]

    9. Got this for a library because it looked fun and after a few weeks, a couple bottles of rum, and multiple tiki cocktails, I bought it for keeps. Another reviewer described this book as a "celebration" and that's definitely what it is. A sprinkle of history, a shake of technique, a twist of exotica, topped with a wide variety of fruity and boozy rum recipes - it is perfectly balanced like the cocktails themselves.The classification system for rum makes the recipes more accessible. If you are star [...]

    10. No surprise here: great practical info on constructing all the tropical classics, both old and new. Plenty of tips and tricks have now become standard in my repertoire (canned pineapple spiked with fresh, etc.) making this more than just an enjoyable read with excellent photos and background stories.A small criticism: while I applaud the approach of calling out which rums work best for the drinks (listed by production method and aging), it takes a little back-and-forth finding the spot that desc [...]

    11. Love this fun book, which is a mix of cultural history of Polynesian Pop and a very thorough cookbook for creating your own exceptional tropical cocktails. I'm not much of a drinker, though I do enjoy the occasional tropical drink, so there was a little too much detail about cocktail-making for me, but anyone who wants to create exceptional cocktails at home would adore this. But for someone like me, who loves Tiki pop and the whole movement of Tiki, this is a fun read that really captures why T [...]

    12. I really enjoy this interesting collection of recipes for a "vacation in a glass". But the best part of the book was learning about the history of rum, Polynesian Pop and Tiki!! What a fascinating journey through urban americana which completely instilled "a sense of escape, wonder and mystery" for me.

    13. I loved reading about the history of tiki, the nuances of rum, and what it takes to open a world class tiki bar. I can't wait to try the recipes!

    14. Nice book by a modern tiki bar. Covers tiki history from the beginning, the fall and the revival. Has a mix of cocktails from classic to reimagined. Also has a good resources section at the end for filling out your tiki bar or throwing a party.

    15. This book was a magnificent journey into the world of Tiki and Tiki Bars. It goes quite in depth into the beginning of the Tiki craze in the United States. It also goes into the personal accomplishments of the author in the creation of The Smuggler's Cove Tiki Bar. Scattered in amongst the anecdotes and histories are detailed reviews of different kinds of rum, recipies on all of the various ingredients you will need to make your Tiki drinks at home, and especially the recipes for all of the grea [...]

    16. This is part History, part Why & How I Started A Tiki Bar, part Here Are Things You Should Know About Rum, and -importantly- part Cocktail Recipes. I realize the previous sentence scores a fat zero on Proper Grammer Structure, but it does accurately summarize Smuggler's Cove. When I browsed through the first chapter at the library this book appeared to be a history of the Tiki Bar culture in the United States. This is not an area of history I had ever had the urge to explore, but the writing [...]

    17. This book has really grown on me. At first, I was struck by how absolutely strange that one of the recipes is blacked out and the word Secret covers the ingredients - which I found a bit offensive since I had just spent money to buy the book for cocktail recipes. After having used this book to make many cocktails, I am now rating this five stars - assuming you want to try drinks that involve rum.Couple things of note:1) they have a rum index section which I find invaluable as a reference guide e [...]

    18. Good - An excellent book for the history of Tiki Culture. Great photographs. In the back, it contains a great list of bars to visit. I hope to be visiting some in the near future.Unfortunate - It contains an extensive list of rums and have been categorized by overall flavor - very impressive. But many are difficult to purchase in my area (Chicago). Definitively a new way to look at rums (instead of by color or island-of-distillation).Disappointing - I was not blown away by the recipes (which is [...]

    19. Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by the Cate's is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late May.Oof, if I can create homemade tiki drinks and not have to make constant trips to Psycho Suzi's, I will metaphorically be down for the count, but also the happiest hula girl alive. During each chapter (about Tiki history, a bar's design layout, rum, cocktails, and creating a Tiki party atmosphere at home), between 6 and 15 drink recipes are outlined. Yowza, indeed.

    20. Martin and Rebecca Cate have created a masterpiece. Not only have they expertly explained the world of rum and its many nuances; they have also explained the world of Tiki and how rum fits into it. I thoroughly enjoyed Smuggler's Cove, will refer to it often, and highly recommend it to anybody. Mahalo and okole maluna!

    21. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It is s beautifully designed book with a nice layout design and some gorgeous photos and for anyone interested in the tiki craze and wanting to set up their own tiki bar it is a great book. I guess was looking for more of a cultural analysis and history of the phenomenon.

    22. Great read. Enthralling history and description of tiki. Even if you're not into tiki, still very interesting. Doesn't hurt that the recipes are AMAZING. Can't suggest it highly enough.

    23. High end Tiki drink recipes alongside an excellent brief history of Tiki culture from the 30s to today's revival. Mahalo, Martin!

    24. One of the best, if not the best tiki books I've read and I have read at least a dozen. Great recipes, facts and lore. Perfect for the tiki or cocktail lover!

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