Exciting News in Minimalist Tiki Land!

Mrs. Wonk and I are overwhelmed by the response to our book, Minimalist Tiki, which we released a year ago.  We’ve got some exciting news to share on that front!

TL;DR — We’re bringing thirty new modern recipes to light, each a modern take on a Minimalist Tiki Classic Thirty recipes like the Mai Tai, Zombie, and Saturn. And they’re all from a recent collaboration with some of Tiki Vanguard bartenders featured in the book.

Did I mention we’ve added a new Tiki Vanguard member? Well, now you know!

It’s really a two-part story.  Thanks to so many generous people purchasing Minimalist Tiki, we sold out both the first and second printings faster than we thought. Knowing we had more demand for it, we committed to a third printing.

There were definitely some … minor updates we wanted to make in a third printing. But we also wanted it to make the book even better, without tearing it down to the studs and rebuilding. But what to do?

When COVID-19 hit we were very aware of its impact on our vanguard friends who’d been so instrumental in helping us create the book. We wanted to work with them again in a meaningful way.

One morning, a flash of inspiration struck. We didn’t want to mess with any of the books well-loved recipes crafted by our vanguard; libations like the Commando Grog and Angostura Colada have embedded themselves in today’s Tiki consciousness. But…. there was chapter 17, where we provided the Classic Thirty recipes. Hmm….

Many of those recipes like the 1944 Mai Tai are known by heart by tiki afficionados. If not, a quick Google search finds them easily enough.

Our vision shaped up: Divvy up those thirty recipes among participating vanguard members, requesting they create a modern spin on the original while conforming to the Minimalist Tiki ethos. That is, focus on common ingredients, and no barrel-aged banana foam!

As you might imagine, they outdid themselves. In our third printing, each of their recipes replaced its inspiration.

Oh…. One more thing. There’s another bonus recipe somewhere else in third printing. See if you can find it!

I mentioned previously that there’s a new vanguard member, joining the ranks of incredibly talented people like Jason Alexander, Marie King, Brian Maxwell, Oriol Elias, Chad Austin, and many more. So, who’s joining them in the pages of Minimalist Tiki?

All the way from Trailer Happiness in London, meet Gergő “Sergio” Muráth! A man with no shortage of opinions, especially when it comes to rum and Tiki.

Sergio contributed the following modern takes:

  • Doomsday Machine (Bali Bali)
  • The Martinique Lighthouse (Fog Cutter)
  • Neptune’s Wrath (Navy Grog)
  • Space Age Cooler (Saturn)
  • Three Dragons and a Dash (Three Dots and a Dash)

Joining Sergio are five of our original vanguard who brought the following goodness to the table:

Oriol Elias

  • 138 Swizzle (151 Swizzle)
  • Donga Daiquiri (Donga Punch)
  • Señor Diablo (El Diablo)
  • Bahía de Montego (Montego Bay)
  • Agricole Scorpion (Scorpion)
  • Caribbean Zombie (Zombie)

Inferno Room (Chris Coy, Eric Bogan, Eli Sanchez)

  • Machete Drinks (Bolo)
  • Copperhead’s Fang (Cobra’s Fang)
  • Dr. Funk E. Sanchez (Dr. Funk)
  • Bush Pilot (Jet Pilot)
  • Pineapple Paralysis (Polynesian Paralysis)
  • Porch Light (Port Light)

Brian Maxwell

  • The Death Star (Chief Lapu Lapu)
  • By the Toe (Eastern Sour)
  • When the Levee Breaks (Hurricane)
  • Mr. Black & Gold (Mr. Bali Hai)
  • Pining for the Fjords (Test Pilot)

Daniel “Doc” Parks

  • On a Coconut Island (Cocoanut Grove)
  • Village Punch (Planter’s Punch)
  • R.B.R. — Rum Barrel Remix (Rum Barrel)
  • Headhunter’s Bounty (Shrunken Skull)

Chad Austin

  • Sundress Weather (Mai Tai)
  • Sonando (Painkiller)
  • Slippah Sippah (Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai)
  • The Stunner (Suffering Bastard)

We’re very excited about the new recipes. They run the gamut from extremely accessible to those that our more dedicated readers will relish. None require chasing down eggshells from a nearly extinct, flightless Peruvian bird, or necessitate a $2000 rotary evaporator.

For example, here’s the When the Levee Breaks, Brian Maxwell’s modern take on a Hurricane. Hurricanes are familiar to Brian as a former New Orleans native. Now he’s slinging Tiki goodness at Hidden Harbor, in Pittsburgh, PA.

When the Levee Breaks – Brian Maxwell

  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 0.75 oz falernum
  • 1.5 oz fassionola syrup
  • 0.5 oz Fernet Branca, to float
  • 0.5 oz unaged Jamaican overproof rum (Rum Fire)
  • 1.5 oz moderately aged rum (Barbancourt 8)
  • 1.5 oz unaged molasses-based rum (Maggie’s Farm White)

Build all ingredients except Fernet Branca in shaker. Shake or flash blend with crushed ice, pour into a hurricane glass. Top with fresh crushed ice. Float with Fernet Branca.

Garnish with mint sprigs, an orange slice, a cherry, and an out-turned paper umbrella.

Never fear! We knew folks would have this question.

We’re working on an e-book of just the new recipes. No final details to share just yet. This isn’t something we can do overnight, as other projects and commitments have Mrs. Wonk and I chained to our keyboards. Rest assured, you’ll know when it’s ready!

In the meanwhile, if you’ve already purchased Minimalist Tiki and want the third printing at a reduced price (“Now with fewer typos!”), we will shortly be emailing you a discount code. This code will only work one time and will only work for existing customers.

If you don’t receive the email because you’ve opted out of email updates, feel free to email minimalist.tiki @ gmail.com and we’ll look into it.

In short, we have a plan, but are still sorting out all the final details to do it right.

We’ve got you covered there too! It’s just a two-click experience to find the original recipes, as featured on the sites of some of our favorite authors, including Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Frederick Yarm, aka Cocktail Virgin Slut.

To see the complete list Minimalist Tiki Classic Thirty drink names, with links to each recipes, hit this link: http://minimalisttiki.com/minimalist30

Thanks for reading this far! Our third printing books have just arrived in New Orleans (August 22nd, 2020) and barring hurricanes and man-made disasters, we’re shipping out books as fast as we can!