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DIY vs. Buy: Should I Make My Own Allspice Dram?

For years, allspice dram was damn-near impossible to find in the States. I get a little grumpy when there's a cocktail ingredient everyone is raving about and I can't find it anywhere. So a few years ago, just the mention of allspice dram made me a bit unpleasant to be around. I'd see recipes fun Tiki drinks and get all excited, then I'd see that allspice dram was one of the ingredients and I would mope like a sad puppy. More

DIY Allspice Dram

Allspice dram is a simple liqueur flavored with allspice berries. It's also known as pimento dram, because allspice is a berry from the pimento tree. Allspice dram adds a dark, strong, and spicy counterpoint to rum and sweet ingredients in tiki drinks. For years, allspice dram was damn-near impossible to find in the states. Even though you can find it on store shelves now, it's still much more fun (and affordable!) to make it at home. More

DIY vs. Buy: Should I Make My Own Falernum?

Falernum is indispensable in Tiki drinks, brightening the sour notes of citrus and adding a hint of rich spice. But it also plays well with slightly bitter flavors. If you're at all interested in Tiki cocktails, this stuff is a must-have for your home bar. It can be a little tricky to track down commercially, but it turns out that it's super-easy to make at home. More

Time for a Drink: Hai Karate

Tiki drinks are rarely simple to make. But the Hai Karate—an original drink by exotic-drink expert Jeff "Beachbum" Berry—is something of an exception. While many faux-tropical drink recipes reach deep into the mixological pantry, this cocktail calls for little more than several types of juice, a shake of bitters, and the gentle richness of Virgin Islands rum. More

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