Its cold here and the summer with its life giving sun and heat is still very far away and i think that that requires a very large cocktail – don´t ya think? and i NEVER settle with just one.
Well here´s two drinks to warm you up – the first is a tiki punch and the second is large, potent, tasty and fun!
The first drink is from Jeff Berry`s Remixed and is called the Kon Tiki Ti-Punch and here´s room to play with rums, something i really like to do. The recipe calls for Bacardi 8 which i don`t have and so i decided to entirely change the drink by using a different rum combo.
So i took El Dorado 8 with a hint of Coruba overproof. This makes the drink getting a demerara and Jamaican flavor instead but that`s ok with me.
I like Coruba overproof, its very strong also in flavor and nose so a little goes a long way but it has that comfy “home feeling” that the regular Coruba dark has – at least to me… Look out for a review of Coruba rum in a while.
KIN TIKI TI-PUNCH
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz hibiscus grenadine
1 oz El Dorado 8 yo
0.5 oz Coruba overproof
1 tsp demerara syrup
1 tsp guava jelly and a chunk fresh pineapple
In your shaker, thoroughly muddle the guava jelly and pineapple chunk in lime juice. Add rum, grenadine and demerara syrup.
Shake with ice and strain into a goblet with a large ice chunk. Garnish with pineapple chunk, lime wedge and mint.
I didn`t have those things for garnish so i took a pineapple leaf, the main thing is that the garnish reflects the drink. I didn`t find guava jelly either..but i found guava jam. Always when you cannot find the exact ingredient, go for the closest, usually its ok.
Rum punches is always nice to drink – its that home feel again – its relaxing and comforting and makes you feel good even if you`re not on a tropical island – or even more so when you´re not – and it was quite a while since i was on one.
The next drink is the Tropical Itch and it´s one of my favorite drinks but oddly enough i don´t make this one very often, but when i do i really enjoy it. The tropical Itch is also probably the only drink in the world that is garnished with a back scratcher.
What an odd thing for garnish eh?
It was invented by Henry Yee of the Hawaiian Village Hotel, Waikiki cirka 1957. Henry Yee is the man who came up with the idea of garnishing cocktails with paper parasols. He became the head bartender at the Hawaiian Village and stayed in that position for 3 decades.
I ain`t got an orchid this time but i do have another flower and a back scratcher that i found and got just for this drink of course but a plus is that now i can also scratch my back if needed..
- 8 oz passion fruit juice or nectar
- 1 1/2 oz amber 151 proof rum – i used LH151 and Coruba overproof
- 1 oz Dark Jamaican rum
- 1 oz Bourbon
- 1/2 oz orange curacao
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Fill a hurricane glass or other large glass with crushed ice, add all the ingredients, and swizzle until well chilled. Garnish with pineapple stick, a mint sprig, an orchid, and a wooden back-scratcher
From Jeff Berry`s Remixed!