Thursday, June 23, 2016


1 1/2 oz Blandy's 5 Year Sercial Madeira
1/2 oz St. Elder Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
1/2 oz Lime Juice
2 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash (12 drops) St. George Absinthe

Shake with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass, top with crushed ice, and garnish with a lime twist.
One of the new drinks on the Loyal Nine low octane section of the menu is a Madeira tiki number called the Navigator named after Prince Henry the Navigator who claimed the island of Madeira for Portugal in 1419. The starting point was to swap out the rum in the Test Pilot for a dry type of fortified wine which worked well in the Come Sail Away (a/k/a Royal Funchal Yacht Club). I was having problems figuring out which liqueur would work since the original's orange liqueur did not seem to fit nor did the Madeira-friendly Maraschino. Therefore, I tried elderflower liqueur that worked well in Hold the Line and I found my recipe! The Navigator name also jives well with the low proof nature of the drink, and it has been rather popular last night with businessmen, session drinkers, and people on dates.

1 comment:

Paul said...

A wonderful drink which has a very crisp and refreshing taste and is a perfect combination of sweet and sour. Very interesting and so on the spot!