By Stef Schwalb
Whether poolside, on the terrace or rooftop, ’tis the season for tropical drinks and tiki cocktails. Nothing helps you get a handle on the heat better than cool, savory selections ranging from punches and margaritas to daiquiris and more; and under the guidance of 101 Tropical Drinks by master mixologist Kim Haasarud, you’ll learn the tricks, tips and fascinating facts (plus easy to replicate recipes) of 101 succulent cocktail creations.
This tantalizing tome covers the fruits, herbs and spirits that make up signature summer selections such as a Mai Tai and a Pina Colada, as well as innovative takes on the classics including a Black Pepper Mandarin Margarita and a Blackberry-Pineapple Sidecar. With a great rundown on rum styles and regions, plus other tropical ingredients and spirits such as Maraschino Liqueur, bitters and syrups, this fun, informative read is mouthwatering manual that will make you the most popular host on the block. There are also plenty of appealing photographs that definitely inspire you to get your drink on.
We sampled some of the goods and met with Kim at the book’s launch party hosted at Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar & Restaurant in midtown. The drinks were delicious! (The best we’d had that night after hitting a few other events that evening.) And it’s no surprise there, considering that Kim is the founder of Liquid Architecture LLC (www.liquid-architecture.com), beverage consulting firm that creates specialty cocktails for big-name clients including Tommy Bahama’s, Wyndham Worldwide Hotels, and Campari America. Excelling in “liquid cuisine” is Kim’s calling and her passion and dedication to her craft is inspiring – as is her use of market-fresh, high-quality ingredients. Even better? 101 Tropical Drinks is just one in a series of books Kim has authored. You can also enjoy her other literary liquid works such as 101 Champagne Cocktails, 101 Martinis, 101 Margaritas, 101 Sangrias and Pitcher Drinks, 101 Blender Drinks and 101 Mojitos. She’ll also be releasing 101 Shots later next year.