Taste This: Cocktails and the Story Behind San Francisco’s Legendary Tonga Room

Leslie Sbrocco, host of Taste This, cozies up next to bartender Matthew Elia to learn the history of this Tiki-themed landmark and the cocktails associated with it…at the Tonga Room in San Francisco.

The Rainmaker cocktail at the Tonga Room
The Rainmaker cocktail at the Tonga Room

Recipe: Tonga Room’s Rainmaker

Makes 2 cocktails

    Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces Hamilton Jamaican Black rum (93 proof)
  • 1 ½ ounces Flor de Caña 4yr rum
  • 1 oz Bacardi Superior Light rum
  • ¾ ounce Fernet Branca
  • 2 ounce orange juice
  • 2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce Orgeat
  • 1 ounce pineapple gum syrup
  • ¾ ounce Velvet Falernum
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
    Garnish:

  • 2 Luxardo cherries, speared
  • 1 orange wheel
  • Fresh ground cinnamon
    Instructions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes, and add all ingredients.
  2. Shake well to combine.
  3. Pour into serving container and garnish with speared cherries, orange wheel and freshly ground cinnamon. Serve immediately.
Taste This: Cocktails and the Story Behind San Francisco’s Legendary Tonga Room 16 February,2018Lori Halloran

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Lori Halloran

Lori Halloran is a Producer for Check, Please! Bay Area and Taste This. Her work in arts, entertainment, and current affairs programming for KQED has garnered five Emmys from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences and multiple honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the NorCal RTNDA, the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, and the Los Angeles Press Club.

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