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‘Smuggler’s Cove’ Author on the Cult of Tiki

A beloved bar gets its very own cocktail compendium.


“Before color television and the Internet, before cruise ships were commonplace, and before Hawaii was a state, the journey to a far-off land began with just one sip,” writes Martin Cate. So begins Cate’s intoxicating (sorry) exploration of America’s erstwhile and now-resurgent love affair with the tiki bar and its cocktails, one that he describes in vivid and entertaining detail in Smuggler’s Cove, a book inspired by its namesake, the cultishly loved bar that Cate opened on the outskirts of Hayes Valley in 2009. Published by Ten Speed Press in June, the book features more than 100 cocktail recipes, an impressive primer on rum, and a compelling answer to the question of what, exactly, defines an exotic cocktail. On August 3 at 6:30 p.m., Cate will be at Noe Valley’s Omnivore Books to talk about all of that and more; leis, though no doubt encouraged, aren’t required.

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Originally published in the August issue of San Francisco 

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