MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG 8 – Blue Reef

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More blue drinks?

I thought it was enough with the two i made last time but Grog Log is calling for yet another one so i have to obey;-)

The Blue Reef is the second drink on the same page as Blue Hawaii in the Log. Its the Bum`s take on the Blue Hawaii where fresh lime juice replaces the pineapple juice and rum replaces vodka. Instead of sweet & sour there`s Galliano. I think that sounds quite promising. We`ve had the original Blue Hawaii with vodka and a twist with gin, now comes the turn for rum.

BLUE REEF

1.5 oz fresh lime juice

1.5 oz Blue Curacao

0.5 oz Galliano

2 oz light Puerto Rican rum

Shake well with ice cubes and strain into medium snifter filled with crushed ice.

Its like looking into a blue swimming pool..its not a boozy drink but the rum gives it flavor. So if you don`t like your drink too boozy then this is perfect.

I think we stay with rum today.

To twist this one i think we need another type of rum and i went for an agricole blanc which i figured would give the flavor a different dimension with its grassy notes.

The agricole i used is from Guyana and is called “La Belle Cabresse”. The Guyanese agricoles are a bit different from those from Martinique – its simply different terroir and the flavor of this one has a slight rawness to it that i like. For this drink any rhum agricole blanc (or vieux too) would do of course.

For sweetener i made a honey-mix (equal parts liquid honey and water) Instead of Galliano i used Navan which is a vanilla liqueur made with natural vanilla beans from Madagascar.

And then i replaced the blue curacao with green charteuse.

HONU HONU

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0.5 oz fresh lime juice

0.75 oz green chartreuse

0.5 oz Navan

2 oz rhum agricole blanc

0.5-1 oz honey-mix

Shake it up with ice and serve in a glass with crushed ice.

I like this one better..the other one tastes too touristy i think. And now we leave the blue drinks for this time…and i would lie if i didn`t say i`m happy for that..;-) i think i`m more into brown drinks. I`m definetily more into boozier drinks.

MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG 7 – Blue Hawaii

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Its time to take a trip to Hawaii folks – with the 7th cocktail from Grog Log – The Blue Hawaii.

Its some romantic nostalgia here – in my mind i can hear the music from that Elvis movie and remember the incredible beautiful pirogue wedding scene pictured at Coco Palms Resort and even though the name of the movie and this drink only are remotely related, its still that romantic “Blue Hawaii” vibe this drink evokes.

I haven`t had a Blue Hawaii for decades..not that i`ve lived that long but still, that`s how it feels – so i guess its about time i have one now;-) if it wasn`t for the fact that its a part of Grog Log and this post i guess i wouldn`t have it..its just that kinda drink you don`t usually make at home but rather would have on the beach in Hawaii…so i must thank the Bum that i now can relive my sweet memories.

Yeah its a drink for the summer – but seriously…who living up north wouldn`t want to escape the long cold and dark winter even if its just with a tropical drink in hand? one can always dream…and a drink like this one helps. OK, the winter is over and its spring but the warm weather isn`t yet here.

This historical drink was invented by Harry Ye in 1957 – a legendary head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Hawaii. Bols asked him to future their blue curacao and so this drink was born. It has been a success since then and is now one of those that didn´t fade away.

The yellow pineapple juice makes the blue curacao more green actually…which i like, it looks like the greenish shallow waters of Bora Bora`s motus.

BLUE HAWAII

2 oz unsweetened pineapple juice

1 oz sweet & sour ( 1:1 fresh lemon/lime juices and simple syrup)

0.75 oz Blue Curacao

0.5 tsp cream or half & half

1.5 oz vodka

Mix everything in a tall glass packed with crushed ice.

The book doesn`t mention any garnish, but the traditional garnish for a Blue Hawaii is a pineapple slice and a cherry.

Its a nice drink but in my opinion a bit plain and boring – tastes like liquid fruit bubblegum and i can`t help it..all the while i was drinking this one i kept thinking – i wonder how this drink will taste if i replace the (tasteless) vodka with a gin – like junipero? and switching the pineappple juice for grapefruit? – fresh yellow grapefruit – i had to do that..

I`m not a fan of vodka as i want to feel some flavor from the booze and so here`s a twist of it with the gin also upped a bit to 2 oz and the blue curacao taken down to 0.5 oz instead:

GREEN MOTU

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2 oz fresh yellow grapefruit juice

1 oz sweet & sour ( 1:1 fresh lemon/lime juices and simple syrup)

0.5 oz blue curacao

2 oz junipero gin

0.5 tsp cream

Mix everything in a tall glass packed with crushed ice.

Garnish with a tropical or a pineapple leaf.

I found this one much fresher due to the grapefruit juice which isn`t so sweet and more flavorful too with the gin. Next time i`m gonna mix up the Blue Reef which can be found at the same page in the  Log. But for now its enough with two blue drinks i think. Now…let`s put on that hula skirt..

This series called Mixing through Grog Log is inspired by my fellow boozeblogger Erik`s “Stomping through the Savoy” over at Underhill Lounge.