Plantation Rum in Shades of Dark, White and Pineapple!
I was waiting with great excitement for the tasting and launch of the Pineapple Rum Stiggin’s Fancy by Plantation Rum – which I need to make it clear right away, is NOT for sale…..because this rum was an experiment by Alexandre Gabriel and David Wondrich….to be launched and tasted at the Tales of the Cocktail….
Well….I wasÂ not disappointed, the rum was delicious! with a deep well matured and slightly smoky pineapple flavor in the background of Plantation rums original dark rum. And the bottle is beautiful!! I asked Alexandre what made the flavor so deep and he told me it”s coming from that the pineapple skin has been distilled – together with pineapple fruit, which also has been macerated.
For being just an experiment I think the outcome was really delicious and very interesting!
The queue….aÂ nightmare forÂ anyone with aÂ hangover….luckily I was not…and don’t mind all the yellow hats….it’s a Tales thing….
Yep the queue to the tasting room was pure madness and the warm air stood still, but eventually we got in there….and deliciousness awaited…
Plantation rums, pineapple, white and dark as shots and in daiquiri cocktails…
Here served by Rocky – appropriately painted….I don’t know how he does it, but Rocky really is everywhere…
Yours truly with pineapple rum in hand, Alexandre Gabriel – Cognac Ferrand proprietor and spirits mastermind – and more delicious pineapple rum!
The DTO – Daiquiri Time Out coin, a treasure/token that was handed out, and which a certain man did drop inside a cab and had the entire cab floor torn up to find it…wherewith the cab driver in utter amazement said that this gotta be a very valuable coin…..
But there’s more to the coin than just a token for the fun of it, according to what I’ve heard, navy officers carried a special coin. When drinking, everyone showed their crew coin. If one person did not have their coin, they had to buy a round of drinks. This gave value to the coin and the tradition.
Now I have one wish….that plantation rum makes more of this fine pineapple rum….I could make use of a bottle…launching a delicious rum like this only for the Tales is really a teaser…!
The Appleton Estate Jamaican Bartenderâ€™s Brunch – Rum, Reggae, Food, Sun and Fun!
Oh my….this was a nice event! a yellow school bus fetching us up outside of Monteleone and serving cocktails on the way to the brunch filled with rum, reggae, Jamaican foods likeÂ jerked chicken, lots of fresh fruits and fresh cocktails, Jamaican fizzes, fixes & swizzles made with island flavors and fresh cane juice pressed on site.
And of course one of my favorite rums was there – theÂ JWray overproof – paired with Sanpellegrino!! (to subÂ Ting) plus Aperol…all by the pool at the Country Club. Very very nice on a hot sunny summer day down hereÂ in New Orleans.
Rum, fruits and fun in the sun!
Of course some of the usual shady rum suspects were there….The first refreshment was freshly pressed sugarcane juice before continuing to the bar for rum punches and JWray….Appleton alsoÂ treated us with large red Appleton bath towels and flip flops 🙂
Well….I wouldn’t mind repeating this….that’s for sure. Just look at that pineapple!
Or how about this….I dunno….can it get any better??
Jerked chicken, Coladas and sugarcane juice!
And time for a JWray shot from the melon….Appleton Rum baby! Please come back next year….
And now to something totally different…..
Ruthâ€™s Chris & Bulleit New Fashioned 1965-Style Luncheon
Bulleit Distilling Co needs no presentation….and this year they had a similar brunch as they did last year which then, was mint julep themed and absolutely fabulous! This years theme was the New Fashioned, a riff on the Old Fashioned…with Bulleit rye, Cherry Heering, orange rind, Italian Amarena cherry, Fee Brother’s black walnut and orange bitters.
The brunch was of course delicious…catered by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and if you haven’t tried their fantastic food it’s time you do if you have a chance. And the New Fashioned cocktail which will be served at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse was very tasty and the garnish was so beautiful with a shiny black “filthy Amarena cherry” from Filthy Food Premium Drink Garnish, speared on to a dehydrated orange slice.
The wild Amarena cherries are slow cooked in copper pots to produce a wonderful all natural, dark red cherry with a sweet front and tart finish.
Hollis Bulleit, Helen Mackey, VP of Menu Strategy & Innovation for Ruthâ€™s Chris Steak House and Tom Bulleit, founder of Bulleit Distilling Company presenting the event and their companies, while the crowd enjoyed an excellent luncheon.
The Crawfish Monica that was served was fantastic! and everything else too!
The ingredients to make the New Fashioned….the only thing not in the picture is the jar of “Filthy Amarena Cherries”.
I get thirsty when I see this drink in the picture….and the cocktail WAS good! for people in the US – you can join Ruth” s Chris Steakhouse for a nationwide 5-course handcrafted cocktail dinner with the same menu across the US, participating restaurants and pricing vary, see more at Chris Ruth’s Steakhouse website.
There`s a restaurant in New Orleans – which is not just “a” restaurant – Tujagues isÂ the cityâ€™s second oldest restaurant (after Antoineâ€™s)Â and may be in jeopardy of closing.Â Please, please, please don’t close Tujague’s….
Please see below my letter to Stanford Latter. This is such a potential tragedy that I have written the following letter and would like to ask for your help sharing it with your audience Â and helping me appeal to Stanford Latter.
Dear Mr. Latter,
Let me start by saying how sorry I am about the recent loss of your brother, Steve. In the time I got to know him through my work with Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Cocktail Tour two things always stood out– his dry wit and his love for New Orleans. He clearly had a deep respect for the history and culture of our great city with the way he ranÂ Tujagueâ€™s for more than 30 years.
Now, I donâ€™t claim to be a real estate expert so I canâ€™t speak to getting the most out of your investment. But as the founder of New Orleans Culinary and Cocktail Preservation Society, I do know about our cityâ€™s rich history of dining and drinks. Tujaqueâ€™s is the place that continued the legacy of Madame Begueâ€™s legendary brunches and where the Grasshopper cocktail was invented. Itâ€™s the home of brisket and horseradish and the beautiful long standup bar that takes you back in time when you order a drink. It breaks my heart to picture the doorway of this landmark littered with Drunk 1 and Drunk 2 t-shirts.
This city is in the midst of a renaissance– one thatâ€™s met with both excitement and fear. Every day brings progress that New Orleans hasnâ€™t seen in decades. But the great fear, one thatâ€™s generations old, is that with progress comes a cleansing of the culture that makes this place not a just a great place to visit but, more importantly, a great place to live.
Culture doesnâ€™t just disappear in a day. Here one day, gone tomorrow. It erodes slowly as people put the bottom line ahead of everything else. But it doesnâ€™t have to be that way. With what you choose to do with theÂ Tujagueâ€™s building, you can stand for the peaceful coexistence between progress and culture.
I know business is business. But sometimes selling to the highest bidder comes with costs that canâ€™t be counted in dollars and cents. Like losing yet another of our beloved restaurants and a piece of the living history that makes New Orleans so special.
If you sell theÂ Tujagueâ€™s building to the wrong person, the rest of us will be the ones paying for it. So please, Mr. Latter, respect our history, respect our culture and respect the legacy your brother worked his life to build.
Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail
Thank you in advance.
And hereÂ´s whyÂ Tujague’s is important! These are some historical facts aboutÂ Tujaqueâ€™s:
New Orleans original stand-up bar.
Built in 1827 on site of old Spanish Armory.
Beginning around 1856, this locations was Madam Begueâ€™s, famous for her 3-hour meals, later called â€œbrunchâ€ became Tujagueâ€™s sometime after WWI.
In the 1800â€™s, New Orleans started drinking early â€“ bar opened at 5:00 am â€“ did brisk before-work business.
During Prohibition, Tujaqueâ€™s waiters carried contraband bottles in their aprons.
During Prohibition, Federal Agent Isadore Einstein came to New Orleans to test how easily liquor was accessible. Einstein stepped off the train in New Orleans and got a drink in 37 seconds!
Famous for the Grasshopper which was invented by a bartender there who entered a competition!
GRASSHOPPER: Equal parts of crÃ¨me de menthe, crÃ¨me de cacao and light cream or milk. Shake with ice and strain.
And hereÂ´s what cocktail historian David Wondrich has to say:
“Tujague’s is one of the most authentic, unspoiled examples of a nineteenth-century bar left in America. To lose it would be to not only lose an important link with the history of New Orleans (a city whose reputation as a place to visit was largely built on the character of its old bars and restaurants) but with America’s history as well. I know that with a little patience this historic place can be saved, and I pray that that patience is found.”
David Wondrich – Cocktail Historian
Also John Besh have expressed interest in buying TujagueÂ´s restaurant:
If I could affect a better outcome coming to Tujagueâ€™s than a T-shirt shop, then I will have done something good for my city.” — John Besh
Tujague`s -Â 823 Decatur StÂ Â New Orleans, LA 70116,Â (504) 525-8676
You can help by sharing the open letter and support TujagueÂ´s!
Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow! and flowed it did…rum here, rum there, rum everywhere – the UK Rumfest & Cane Spirits Festival is heaven for rum lovers and it shows people that rum is more than a spirit – itÂ´s a lifestyle with a whole culture surrounding it.
The UK RumFest brings together the industryâ€™sÂ plethora of blenders, distillers, bartenders and mixologists, writers, bloggers, brand ambassadors,Â rum enthusiasts – all joining in to celebrate all things rum.
Here you get a chance to try out both new and old, known and unknown rums and many cocktails , tiki drinks and rum punches of course, (oh the rum punches…) listen to sessions, dance with tropical dancers, taste caribbean food, watch bartender competitions – all to the rhythms of the caribbean and in the company of people who have that one thing in common – they all love rum!
The UK Rumfest 2011 took place from friday to sunday oct 14-16 at the Kensingtonâ€™s Olympia in LondonÂ with the friday reserved for the Boutique Rumfest (for the trade with tastings and sessions.) Saturday was the official Rumfest starting day and i donÂ´t think iÂ´ve seen a crazier crowd before when it comes to a room being packed with rum-lovers.
Also it was the London Cocktail Week starting the week before with 3 days left when i came into town:-)
But back to the friday and Boutique Rumfest. There was of course lots of rum to be tasted and since it was a calmer event we also got a much better chance to meet and talk to the producers about their products.
And apart from the big brands i got to try some of the to me unknown rums and other rums i`ve never tried before.Â Some of my favorites among those iÂ´d not tried before are st Nicholas Abbey from Barbados, a top notch fantastic rum! (a review of their 12 yo will follow)
Also Rumfire was new to me. That is a Jamaican overproof white rum from theÂ Hampden Estate which in Jamaica is knownÂ for its full, intensely flavorful pot still rums sold in bulk. Today`s Rumfire that now is released to the public is yesterdayÂ´s JB rum which was on the black market.Â The Rumfire is like a smoother version of JWray overproof, it has hints of that flavor but it`s not as upfront. A very interesting and tasty rum.
They made me a daiquiri with it and that was a nice daiquiri indeed, this rum mixes wonderfully. Also it won silver medal at the Ministry of Rum Tasting competition this year.
Interesting but a bit odd was the Madagascar rum Dzama, it was quite good i think but i couldnÂ´t be friends with the aftertaste which is what i found to be odd…so i have mixed feelings about this rum. An exotic bird…i wouldnÂ´t mind taste the rums again and take more time.
Also i finally got to try out Elements 8 Spiced, which i found to be quite tasty.
New for 2011 rumfest was the Tropical Food Market which was an entire area downstairs devoted to tropical food and delicacies – thatÂ´s where i got my freshly cut coconut! – with rum in it of course…There was also a shop entirely dedicated to muscovado sugar…
Also there was sessions and masterclasses andÂ the oneÂ´s i got a chance to attend first was the “Don`t Fear the Blender” with Beachbum Berry and then the El Dorado.
DONÂ´T FEAR THE BLENDER
I`m a friend of the blender, let me tell you that first.With the blender you get that aerated frothy thing you cannot really get with a shaker plus it does good things at the same time for you – it mixes, chills, dillutes, creates a froth)
The blender was first used in Havana in the Floridita, dating back to 1817 when it was first opened as “La PiÃ±a de Plata” – The Silver PineappleÂ in the place it still occupies, in the corner of Obispo and Monserrate streets. It got itÂ´s name “El Florida” a 100 years later.Â The bartenders used to use 11 drinks shakers and you can just imagine the work…so when the blender appeared it wasÂ like a lifesaver and now it became easier to serve the never ending hords at Floridita. At the time the ice for the daiquiris was shaved.
Then Don the Beachcomber started to use the Hamilton Beach blender and more would follow.The blender aerates and dillutes some of the crushed ice just enough to “wake-up” the spirit. Some drinks requires just a quick flash blending while other wants 15-30 sek. In the BumÂ´s books the exact time for the blending is always written out.
This session was a real pleasure to attend and i wish it could be a weekendly habit…but alas…or if i could at least live neighbour with the Bum! i would go and borrow sugar…errr…rum…um…a tiki drink…
We got some tasty blended drinks too of course and here are the Bum`s recipes:
Let the blender go for a long time, 20 sek. Fine strain into a bitter-sugar rimmed glass, gently pressing the liquids.
Mix 4 tbsp demerara sugar with FeeÂ´s aromatic bitters (4 big dashes)
HONEY BUTTER MIX
Unsalted butter and honey in equal proportions, heated up to dissolve the honey and melt hte butter, leave to room temp before using it.
Also you can make a delicious honey-butter-cream by using sugar, butter, heavy cream and honey.
The butter-honey-mix or cream mix gives a silky mouth feel to the drink that unless you already know – will never know what it is…
We also got some other nice drinks to imbibe like the always so tasty MissionaryÂ´s Downfall.
I donÂ´t think i need to present what this rum is, if you donÂ´t know already go read my earlier post and check their website.
The session was hosted by Dave Broom (author of Rum) and Stefanie Holt, (El Dorado Global Brand Ambassador)
They took us through a journey to the land of many rivers, Guyana where the demerara rum is made. An interesting thing i learnt was that when the sugarcane fields are burnt a side effect is that the sugar in the cane is dissolved in the water that evaporates and thus makes the sugar content more concentrated and sweeter. The yeast is put in a molasses solution to get happy and multiply.
Further they spoke about the different stills and since i`m a DDL still geek i always find that interesting. What DDL does is simply to put as much Guyana as possible into the rum..
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY – RUMFEST!!
So saturday and sunday was the 2 days of Rumfest and these were 2 very intense days…rum tastings, cocktail and rum punches, tiki bartender of the year, sessions on rum, rum punch, rum, rum…and then the Golden Rum Barrel Awards.
This blog was one of four nominated “Rum Blog of the Year (Europe) and i`m very honored and wanna thank everyone who did vote for me. It didnÂ´t make it all the way though..the prize was given to my good friends Peter and Pauline over at the Floating Rum Shack, who i think really deserved it!Â There was also four nominated blogs for the USA cathegory and the winner was Rumconnection.
All the awards you can read about at the bottom of this blog post.
Also there was the Tiki Bartender of the Year contest with the final on the sunday. There was 3 bartenders in the final and the winner was Mahiki`sÂ head bartender Georgi.
What i particularly like about the Rumfest is that it is such a people thing, itÂ´s relaxed and laid back with that caribbean feel spiced with quite a bit of tiki vibes, an environment i feel right at home in.
Yes thereÂ´s food too! i did eat some real good Caribbean food at Ian`s restaurant CottonÂ´s – a place i really can recommend if you go to London! i hadÂ their famous Mixed Jerk Fish Grill – parrot fish, tilapia, snapper and tiger prawns served with fried plantain and rice & peasÂ and it was lovely! Washed down with cold Carib and Blue Marlin beers.
Also theÂ awards dinner was an amazing experience – the Caribbean style dinner with the Butterscotch Pumpkin Soup with Goat Cheese and Spiced Pumpkin Seeds was really tasty.
And then came the Coconut Crumbled Chicken with Sweet Potato mash and Sauteed Spinach…finished off with a Rum drenched fruit dessert, coffee and plain dark chocolate…hmmmm…
We could get fresh cut coconuts too…with rum in it!
St Nicholas Abbey from Barbados
Elements 8 Spiced
Black Tot Last Consignment sold by the Whiskey Exchange
In the Rum Frat House – itÂ´s like the Mixohouse in New Orleans but with rum lovers.
Rum Punch with Kraken Black Spiced
Dzama from Madagascar
God for Tiki drinks..
No Rumfest without Ting…and with Banks Five Island it`s wonderful.
Like a lighter and smoother version (flavorwise) of the JWray overproof…but don`t let that deceive you – this rum is strong.
And here`s the original JWray and Ting! which was my corps reviver on the sunday…backed up with chocolate muffins.
Don Q Rum – good for a lot of things
Ian Burrell – the one and only – Global Rum Ambassador and founder of the UK Rumfest.
THE GOLDEN RUM BARREL OF THE YEAR 2011 WINNERS
Rum Distillery of the Year 2011
The Foursquare Distillery, Barbados
Rum Distiller of the Year 2011
Richard Seale (Four Square, Barbados)
Rum Blender of the Year 2011
Tito Cordero (Venezuela: Diplomatico)
Rum Blogger of the Year (Europe) 2011
The Floating Rum shack
Rum Blogger of the Year (The Americaâ€™s) 2011
Rum Ambassador of the Year (UK) 2011 sponsored by Bar Life UK
Meimi Sanchez (Havana Club)
Rum Ambassador of the Year (International) 2011 sponsored by Drink International
David Cordoba (Bacardi Rum)
Jim Wrigley (Ron St.Teresa)
Best New Rum (Gold) 2011 sponsored by Coco Reâ€™al
Abuelo Centuria, Panama
Best New Rum (White) 2011 sponsored by Coco Reâ€™al
Banks 5 Island, Several Countries
Best New Rum Package 2011
Boutique RumFest Award 2011 sponsored by Imbibe Magazine
Doorly’s XO Rum, Barbados
The Rum Experience Rum Pioneers Award
Joy Spence from Appleton Jamaica rum. The first female Rum master blender.
Ed Hamilton from the Ministry of rum. Founder of the pioneering web page and rum forum.
I wanna raise a toast of El Dorado 15 Year Old rumÂ forÂ George Robinson, the head man at the Diamond Distillery in Guyana who passed away just a little while before the UK Rumfest. A toast was also held at the Golden Rum Barrel Awards.
This is a slightly belated post about food during Tales week..or really anytime! this is part two.
Forget about your ordinary PoboyÂ´s for a while..no matter how tasty they are…cuz i`m gonna present some killer oneÂ´s that i hope you`ll try when you get a chance, maybe next year at Tales?
I saw two pics taken by Lauren (Fleurtygirl) of these gourmet poboy`s and the first one got me to seriously drool..and the 2nd pic blew me away.Â When i saw those pics i was happy that i was in Nola and not a thousand miles away from those sandwiches…i`m talking about the gourmet poboyÂ´s at Ye Olde College Inn.
They use fresh produce from the Fig Street Farm, Crescent City Farmers Market, the Hollygrove Market and Clayton Miller Produce. Locally grown seasonal fresh produce ensures fresh crisp and good quality food.
I try to find fresh local produce if i can, wherever i am because nothing beats it and itÂ´s always good to support local businesses.
Fried Green Tomato Shrimp RemouladeÂ Poboy,
Award-Winning Fried Bread Pudding Po-Boy with Rum Sauce
So how did they taste?
Well, i must say they are BIG – i only ordered a half loaf – and the pictures do not do them justice, not by a long shot. The bread is lightly toasted, it`s a lot that goes into your mouth so to me a half poboy was enough. But i also did order the award winning dessert Poboy – Fried bread pudding Poboy with Rum Sauce and it was droolingly delicious.
The other Poboy was a fried green tomato shrimp remoulade poboy (award winning “Best OfÂ Show”) quite a bit of creole mustard in the remoulade sauce and it was of course also delicious.
My friend ordered a perfectly baked Baked Redfish topped with Louisiana Lump Crabmeat over herb roasted tri-color potatoes, asparagus & cherry tomato vinaigrette and it was of course tasty in a way food can be only in Nola..! Next time you go to Tales or just to Nola, try to stop by College Inn for some real good treats, maybe paired with something fun at the neighbouring Rock`n Bowl.
You can also take the st Charles streetcar to get there, ride all the way to the end station at SouthÂ Carrolton (it`s a scenic and enjoyable route) and then you walk a couple blocks until you see College Inn on your left side.
But last but not the least..thereÂ´s another place to get real good poboyÂ´s i need to mention and that is Parkway Bakery, want some REAL GOOD poboys? go to Parkway. You won`t be disappointed and you will return, i promise.
And last…but not the least – if you`re on Frenchmen and gets hungry there is of course places to eat and one of the good ones is Adolfo`s on the second floor above the Apple Barrel but also on the street you may see a couple selling wraps.
That`s Sarah and Joe, they sell homemade wraps and the menu changes daily from barbeque to regular wraps and at a very good price, itÂ´s tasty too and very welcome late at night when you come out ofÂ for example Dba.
OYSTERS AND ALLIGATOR
Charbroiled oysters and buttery garlicky cheeze sauce at Acme Oysterhouse.
Freshly chucked gulf oysters on the half shell at FelixÂ´s Restaurant and Oyster Bar
Opposite each other on Iberville st near Monteleone are two very good places for oysters, both on the half shell and charbroiled. The first one almost always has a long queue – Acme and the other is Felix`s.
At Acme we had a fantastic meal with charbroiled oysters, fries and hush puppies, a fantastic smoky jambalaya which i will return to eat, fried shrimp and fish platter, french bread to sop up all the buttery garlicky cheesy sauce…
Well..thereÂ´s a reason why thereÂ´s almost always a queue outside that place.
But the place on the other side, Felix`s – is also worth visiting and less queue. They have great oysters and their blackened gator is yum!
Don`t be afraid of trying alligator, the meat is not dark red and weird as so many seems to believe, itÂ´s more like chicken and it really is tasty in all forms from sausage on a stick or in a poboy to cheesecake a la Jaques-Imos or like this, FelixÂ´s blackened gator.
After all youÂ´re in New Orleans, they know how to cook…so try things!
Blackened Louisiana alligator at FelixÂ´s.
Many thanks to Tony Harion for the pictures of the blackened gator and the charbroiled oysters.
That was all from this year`s food adventure from me which this time was all about seafood and poboys.
It was a while ago…iÂ´ve missed a few…but its time for Mixology Monday again and hosting this monday is Chris from over at Spirited Remix.
He wants us to post the best cocktail we ever made:
Give me the best drink recipe you’ve ever created.
No, I’m not really talking about that awesome drink that you made under pressure and on the fly for your friends one evening. I’m not talking about that kickass nightcap that you whipped up using the last bits from those few bottles that you needed to throw away.
I’m talking about that one drink that you’ve worked on for quite a while. The one that you’ve carefully tweaked over time until you found that perfect recipe. The one you’ve made tons of times: sometimes alone in contemplation, sometimes for a guest so that you could get their opinion.
If you don’t have a drink that fits the above mold, then perhaps this is your excuse to revisit your old “original remixes”, as I call them, and decide or even tweak one to be your best. If you’ve never made such a drink before, then begin experimenting right now!
For me thereÂ´s one particular drink i`m gonna use for this post, its a drink made long ago but its probably a remix since it was a twist i made and i don`t think its changed up enough to be an all original. Nevertheless it has been used over and over to quench my own thirst and others.
It has been served at parties as well as at home. It has always been very well received and it has survived until now and will keep being alive. And it does have something very important in the list of ingredients – it has Ting.
But the main reason i choose to post this one is simply because its damned tasty and it`s in regular rotation and always will be as long as i live.
So here`s my liquid baby:
1 cored pineapple.
In mixing glass:
A few large chunks of pineapple – muddled
2 juiced limes
1 barspoon orgeat
1.5 oz Rhum Agricole Blanc
2 tblsp fresh honey cream-mix* with a splash JWray overproof rum
Dash of grapefruit bitters
Shake hard and fast, strain and serve in the pineapple with crushed ice
Top with Ting. Garnish with 2 pineapple leaves and a piece of pineapple.
Believe me..this drink is worth the effort.
Equal parts Sugar, butter and liquid honey
Add in pot, heat and stir until it gets creamy. Add a splash JW&N overproof rum and stir again. You want a smooth creamy sauce. Keep a bit above room temp.
The problem with honey cream mix is the milk solids from the butter that forms when the mix gets chilled. It may help to use clarified butter or to dry shake first (without ice) before shake over ice.
Can also be made with just honey-mix (equal parts water and honey) if you wanna avoid the fuss with the butter. But the butter adds a silky buttery touch.
But when served in the pineapple as drinking vessel and filled up with crushed ice you wonÂ´t see much of the butter solids anyway.
Jamaican rum, lime, Grand Marnier and Creme de Cassis makes up CiroÂ´s Special which is the 12 th drink in Grog Log. Nothing much written about this one, it was made in CiroÂ´s nightclub in Hollywood. So letÂ´s see what this one brings in terms of flavors…
My first impression was – too tart. But of course, that also may depend very much on the limes youÂ´re using but 1 oz is quite much of tart if no syrup is there to balance it out. Instead thereÂ´s 0.75 oz of Creme de Cassis and 0.25 oz Grand Marnier.
I added a little bit of sugarcane syrup to see if it made the drink better and it did, at least to my palate. Well, this one – i have to say – is not one of my favorites from Grog Log. But friends, its drinkable, donÂ´t get me wrong. Just pimp it up with some sugarcane syrup unless you like it tart.
1 oz fresh lime
0.75 oz Creme de Cassis
0.25 oz Grand Marnier
1.5 oz Jamaican Rum ( i used 1 oz appleton extra and 0.5 oz Smith & Cross)
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
So now i needed a twist as well and i really looked forward to try to transfer this drink into something more tasty – that is the fun part, not sure if i succeeded though but here it is:
0.75 oz fresh lime
0.5 ox hibiscus syrup
0.25 oz Cherry Heering
0.25 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz pineapple juice
1.5 oz Smith & Cross
Shake and strain into a Tiki mug or glass with crushed ice.
Quite tasty, the pineapple juice with the hibiscus syrup adds some freshness – and with Smith & Cross in the glass you canÂ´t go wrong, really.
It suits me just fine to have some Tiki drinks now just when the winter is trying to not let the spring come through and its not warm yet, so let the rum warm us instead.