Tonight’s Fort Defiance Tiki Blowout Sounds Pretty Amazing

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Mahalo indeed. Photo: Vicky Wasik

It's been a year since Fort Defiance's head bartender Zac Overman introduced the Red Hook bar's tiki night. The festive weekly event is now officially known as Sunken Harbor Club  the luau gets particularly gonzo in the dead of winter and to commemorate, Overman is unleashing a rambling menu of every original tiki drink that has been created and concocted on the spot. The "Blood of Pele," for example, looks like the drink here made spooky with some dry ice, and contains bourbon, Amontillado, Aperol, cream of coconut, lime, and strawberry.

Everything is within the $10 to 14 price range, with the higher price tag affixed to heavy-duty drinks like "White Zombie," the Fort's riff on a traditional Zombie, made with Light 5 Island Rum, Pisco, navy strength gin, lime, falernum, Maraschino liqueur, and absinthe. The food menu follows suit by going all-out Polynesian, and then some: We're talking a hamburger with ham, pineapple, "Kim Kim" mayo, and Hawaiian Coleslaw, and desserts include a "piña colada" bread pudding that's baked right into a pineapple. More information here.

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