RED HOOK — A waterfront breeze, fruity mixes and a lot of rum.
That’s what a vintage tiki theme means at Fort Defiance, a neighborhood bar and restaurant at 365 Van Brunt St., which launched a menu filled with classic and original tropical drinks.
But what really goes into a classic tiki drink?
“I would say rum and coconut is a good place to start,” said head bartender Zac Overman.
Recipes from famous mid-century tiki bars went into the researched menu from Trader Vic’s quintessential Mai Tai and to “Junglebird” from the Aviary Bar in Kuala Lampur.
The new "Forbidden Island" menu, first reported by Grubstreet, even has two Fort Defiance originals, like the “Wooden Leg” with aged Antigua Rum, Amaro Sibilla, Velvet Falernum.
The drinks cover a range of flavor profiles, complexity and strength, said Overman.
(Customers are limited to two Trader Vic’s “Samoan Fog Cutters.”)
And some drinks are paired with a few tiki-inspired dishes like the “Forbidden Noodles” with vermicelli rice noodles and grilled pork that will be served till 11:00 p.m.
Fort Defiance will serve their tiki menu, which will change each week, every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.