Sunday, May 11, 2014

holy diver

2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
3/4 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Beer Syrup (*)
1/2 oz Coconut Cream
2 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a Tiki mug filled with crushed ice. Add a straw.
(*) Here prepared à la minute with 1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part Anderson Valley Summer Solstice beer (both by volume). Not sure if the way Drink does it for Tiki Sundays involves boiling it down; previously, they made their Guinness syrup by reducing 12 oz of beer to 8 oz and dissolving in 8 oz sugar.

Two Mondays ago, after attending the Improper Bostonian party for the bartender issue somewhere near the aquarium, Andrea and I decided to escape to quieter quarters at Drink. There, we found seats at Palmer Matthews section, and for a libation, he suggested a vestige of Tiki Sundays called the Holy Diver. Palmer based his original off of the Skin Diver that appears in Beachbum Berry's Remixed. The Skin Diver was created by J. "Popo" Galsini in the late 1960s at the Outrigger in Laguna, and he based it off of Donn the Beachcomber's Pearl Diver. Or possibly Palmer utilized Donn's 1930s recipe for I did not write down which Diver was his inspiration and he might have mentioned both. When I inquired about the beer syrup, Palmer explained that he found that the syrup's hops were a natural pairing to spice rum.
Once shaken, the drink was strained into a Tanuki Tiki mug; Tanuki is a Japanese raccoon dog that in literature is a mischievious master of disguise and shapeshifting. When I made a comment about the mug's nipples, it was quickly pointed out that it was a male; apparently Japanese school children sing a song that alludes to the raccoon dog's size, "'Tan-tan-tan,' Tanuki's bollocks ring: The wind's stopped blowing, but they swing-swing-swing!" Moving on to the drink itself, the Holy Diver shared a light citrus aroma. A creamy lemon sip led into an orange and rum-filled swallow. Finally, the swallow finished off with the rum and bitters' spice and the beer's hops.

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