Saturday, July 27, 2019

honi makai

1 1/2 oz Aged Rum (Appleton Select)
1/2 oz Overproof Rum (Stolen Jamaican Overproof)
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/4 oz Allspice Dram (Hamilton's)
1/4 oz Orgeat
1/4 oz Herbsaint

Shake with ice and strain into a double old fashioned glass (whip shake, pour into a Tiki mug, and fill with crushed ice). Garnish with a mint sprig, pineapple leaf (omit), and orange wheel.
Two Fridays ago, I returned to Clair McLafferty's The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book where I spotted the Honi Makai by Hadi Ktiri at Arnaud's French 75 in New Orleans. This tropical drink reminded me of the A Tale of Two Kitties with orange juice, Herbsaint, and a second rum thrown in the mix. Once prepared, the Honi Makai donated a mint, orange, and anise aroma to the nose. Next, lime and orange mingled on the sip, and the swallow proffered funky rum, anise, and allspice flavors. Overall, the Herbsaint's anise was rather strong, but if that is your thing (like it is ours), then you are in luck! After making the drink and posting it on Instagram, Hadi reached out to inquire how I enjoyed the drink. I replied that it definitely worked for us and I inquired as to what rums he had used given the vagueness of the book's recipe; he specified El Dorado 8 Year for the aged rum and Plantation OFTD as the overproof one.

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