Thursday, August 2, 2018

lono's grog

2 oz Wild Turkey 101 Proof Bourbon (Old Grand-dad Bonded)
1 oz Coruba Rum
1 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz BG Reynold's Don's Mix a/k/a "Paradise Blend"
3/4 oz Honey Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Flash blend with crushed ice (shake with ice, strain, and top with crushed ice); garnish with a mint sprig and a "Samoan war club" (mint sprig and a Latitude 29 swizzle).

Another of the 2018 Iron Tikitender Navy Grog Challenge recipes that attracted my attention was the Lono's Grog by Carlos Jimenez. While very little information was available about Carlos, Lono in the Hawaiian religion is the deity associated with fertility, rainfall, and music who married Laka. The Lono's Grog swapped the grapefruit in the classic's split juice base for Don's Mix along with cinnamon syrup; moreover, two of the three rums in the classic were exchanged for a double portion of American whiskey.
The Lono's Grog proffered a mint aroma over dark rum's caramel and Don's Mix's cinnamon notes to the nose. Next, caramel, honey, and grapefruit on the sip led into Bourbon, funky rum and cinnamon on the swallow with a lime-flavored finish.

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