Friday, January 18, 2019

bird is the word

1 1/2 oz Gin (Tanqueray)
1/2 oz Blackstrap Rum (Cruzan)
2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur (Luxardo)

Whip shake, pour into a Tiki mug, fill with crushed ice, and garnish with freshly grated cinnamon and a few pineapple leaves (or perhaps rosemary sprigs) if available.

In continuing on with the celebration of Tiki the Snow Away January on Instagram, I made a mashup that I thought up for the event in mid-December. The concept was to combine elements of the Jungle Bird and the Last Word in the former's Tiki format. I dropped out the Jungle Bird's Campari in favor of the Last Word's two liqueurs; since both liqueurs interact well with pineapple juice such as in the Chartreuse Swizzle and Mary Pickford, I figured that the results ought to be pretty decent. Initially, I was going to leave out the dark rum, but I felt that the caramel-molasses elements of blackstrap rum would add some depth to the mix.
For a name, I went with Bird is the Word despite it not being the most original (as determined by a web search) due to the popularity of the 1963 Trashmen song "Surfin' Bird." Once prepared, the garnish contributed a delightful cinnamon aroma. Next, pineapple, lime, and caramel mingled on the sip, and the swallow shared gin's pine, dark rum, herbal and Green Chartreuse flavors with a nutty cherry finish.

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