Saturday, August 22, 2015

caribbean queen

1 oz El Dorado 3 Year White Rum
1 oz Barbancourt 8 Year Rum
1/4 oz JM Blanc Rhum Agricole
1/4 oz Smith & Cross Rum
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 1/2 oz Blossom Oolong Tea Syrup (*)
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Velvet Falernum
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a Tiki mug with crushed ice. Garnish with Tiki intent. Or scale up like we do, here in the photo, four fold, and serve with ice in a punch bowl or perhaps in a large format Tiki bowl with crushed ice.
(*) A strong steep of a hibiscus flower and tea blend mixed with an equal part of demerara sugar.
Dan and Rebecca had been asking for a large format drink to put on the Yacht Rock cocktail menu at Loyal Nine, and when I spotted the song "Caribbean Queen" on the night's playlist, it made me think of rum and an answer to their request. I kept with the Caribbean theme via a 4 rum blend from 3 islands and one Caribbean coast of South America country. Moreover, the hibiscus-driven blossom oolong tea syrup that I used in the Safety Dance seemed very much in theme. Once pineapple entered the picture, a touch of Green Chartreuse seemed fair despite it being not from the region. While on the menu for a few weeks with the subtitle "our second favorite ocean," two weeks ago was the first time a party ordered it; I do have the photo of it on my Instagram, but the one I made last Sunday made for a better photo given the lighting.

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