Tuesday, December 19, 2017

lili'uokalani's downfall

1 1/2 oz Rhum Agricole Blanc (Rhum Clement Premiere Canne)
1/2 oz Mezcal (Fidencio Espadin Joven)
2 oz Diced Pineapple (sub 1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice)
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Honey Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
10 leaf Mint

Blend with 6 oz crushed ice, pour into a tall glass, and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.

After seeing some blog traffic from a Reddit thread about the Missionary's Downfall, I decided to riff on that drink idea before my mint patch bid adieu for the season. Using the modified recipe from Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29 as a base, instead of the peach liqueur, I thought that passion fruit syrup might perform rather well with the lime and pineapple here. Moreover, the combination of honey and passion fruit was one that worked superbly in the Don's Special Daiquiri. While the original called for a lighter flavored rum, I opted for a grassy and funky agricole and supplemented the flavors with a smoky mezcal akin to the Miracles Take Longer. Given the pineapple and other South Pacific flavors, I changed the downfall aspect to honor the last queen of Hawaii, Lili'uokalani, for in 1893 American sugar cane planters staged a coup that ended the Hawaiian monarchy.
The Lili'uokalani's Downfall shared mint, lime, and tropical aromas from the passion fruit and pineapple. Next, lime and honey with hints of pineapple on the sip transitioned to grassy, smokey, honey, and passion fruit flavors on the swallow with a mint finish.

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