Wednesday, September 8, 2010


3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Orange Juice
3/4 oz White Grapefruit Juice
3/4 oz Passion Fruit Syrup (Trader Tiki)
1/2 oz Light Puerto Rican Rum (Tommy Bahama White)
1/2 oz Gold Puerto Rican Rum (Tommy Bahama Gold)
1/2 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (Appleton V/X)
8 oz Crushed Ice

Add to a blender, blend, and pour into a tall glass or Mara-Amu mug. Instead of using a blender, I crushed ice in a Lewis Bag, added ingredients to a Collins glass, and swizzled to mix.
During last week's heat wave, our lack of air conditioning meant that it was Tiki time! I reached for our copy of Beach Bum Berry Remixed and found the light and refreshing-sounding Mara-Amu. This drink was created by Mariano Licudine of the Mai-Kai Polynesian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale a few decades ago, and their website proudly displays that the drink is still served there today. The Mara-Amu possessed a dark rum and fruity aroma. The flavor was mainly grapefruit and rum notes with crispness from the lime and sweetness from the passion fruit syrup. At times, the fruit juice and syrup mix gave a pineapple-like impression. While the Mara-Amu was hardly the most challenging of drinks, it did hit the spot to make the warm evening somewhat more bearable.

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