Sunday, August 14, 2016

dr. wong

1/2 oz Lime Juice (1 oz)
1/2 oz Tonga Mix (*) (1 oz)
1 tsp Herbsaint or Pernod (1/3 oz Herbsaint)
1 oz White Rum (1 1/2 oz Don Q Cristal, 1/4 oz Wray & Nephew, 1/4 oz Vale d'Paul agricole-style)

Blend with ice for 5 seconds and pour into a Pilsner glass (shake with ice, strain into a Tiki mug, and fill with crushed ice).
(*) Tonga Mix is 4 parts grenadine to 1 part passion fruit juice.
After getting home from Backbar, I was still in the Tiki mood when the thought of a nightcap rolled into my head. After  recently hearing a reference to Dr. Wong, I searched out the recipe in Beachbum Berry's Sippin' Safari which provided the source as the Luau Restaurant in Beverly Hills circa 1953 as a riff on Donn the Beachcomber's Dr. Funk. Once built, the Dr. Wong provided floral and mint aromas from the garnishes that I supplemented the recipe with. Next, lime, pomegranate, and perhaps a hint of tropical notes from the passion fruit mingled in the sip, and the swallow showcased the funky rum combination transitioning into anise spice from the Herbsaint.

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