Suffering Bastard

March 2, 2008

It's time for a tiki party!

Every now and then we love going to Trader Vic's in Palo Alto. If you are unfortunate enough to have never frequented this legendary establishment, then put it on your list. Trader Vics' are swanky Polynesian restaurant/bars that make you feel like you went back in time and found yourself on a tropical island. From San Francisco to Dubai, Trader Vics' are complete with all sorts of tribal gear, tiki heads, jungle flora and a plethora of other carefully coordinated tropical decór. Bartenders sporting Hawaiian shirts mix up fruity rum and other potent cocktails that at once curl your hair and knock off your flip-flops.

Our favorite concoction is the "Suffering Bastard." And let me tell you, more than two of these and you will be a suffering bastard, so make sure you load up on the pupu platters. This beverage makes a Mai Tai seem like amateur stuff.

Suffering Bastard

2 ounces dark rum
1 ounce silver rum
3 ounces Trader Vic's Mai Tai Mix
1/2 ounce lime juice
Cucumber slice for garnish
1 sprig of mint for garnish

Put ice in a shaker and add the rums, Mai Tai Mix, lime juice, then shake. Without straining pour liquid into chilled double old-fashioned glasses. Slice the ends off of a cucumber, preferably English, then cut lengthwise into quarters. Scrape the seeds out and score the pulp side in a criss-cross pattern. Garnish each glass with a quarter slice of cucumber (half if it's a small cuke) and a sprig of mint.

Stay tuned for another of my Trader Vic's favorites: Bongo Bongo soup.

Drink slowly...

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Carla's picture

You brought back memories of the original Trader Vics in Oakland where Vic Bergeron would come by your table with gardenias. When I was a young girl I'd hope and wait for the rain. Sometimes the rain would be turned on. It landed on a tin roof. The whole place was planted with tropical trees and plants. This was before I could drink the tongas and the mai tais!

dreama's picture

In my younger years, friends and I would go to Trader Vics' place in the City...."those were the days, my friend"!!

Blair, aka Trader Tiki's picture

It's a lovely drink, both ways.

Somehow over the years, it turned from a mixture of Gin, Bourbon, Lime, and Ginger Beer, into the Mait Tai + silver rum as served at Vics' today.

That cross-hatched cucumber garnish is still one of my favorite garnishes to this day. So fragrant!

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