A lot of the time when I'm looking to make a tiki drink at home I need to improvise, usually because I don't have exactly the right ingredients, but sometimes also because I'm going for a specific taste that I just can't find in an existing recipe. This week, I decided to experiment with making something strong and fruity but not too sweet (inspired a little by the Beachcomber's Punch recipe in the Grog Log). Here's what I came up with (I've decided to name it the Silverlake Sea due to it's region of origin)...
Okay, okay, I know anyone trying to make top-notch drinks would be using fresh fruit juice BUT in the interest in getting my tiki bar slowly stocked (and not wasting a ton of fruit that inevitably goes bad) I've elected to stick with store-bought juices while I'm still experimenting. Here's what I used in the Silverlake Sea:
- 1.5 oz. Amber Jamaican Rum
- 1.5 oz. Demerara Rum
- 1 oz. Orange Juice
- 1 oz. Sweetened Lime Juice (could be substituted with fresh lime juice + simple syrup)
- 1 oz. Grapefruit Juice
- 1/8 tsp. Absinthe
- Dash (or two) Bitters
Shake WELL with ice and strain into a glass or small-ish mug (ideally chilled in advance). Garnish with a sprig or two of mint and anything else you can get your hands on. Sip while it's still nice and cold!
As another variation, you could opt for not straining and instead including the ice in your glass. While it does keep this drink cool, I think it waters it down a little too much for the kick I was going for when I came up with this recipe.
For this Tiki Mug Monday, I'm drinking out of a not-so-typical mug: a tiki glass I picked up as part of a stacking set at CB2 last year. Looks like they still have a similar set in stock in case anyone is interested!
Let me know if anyone tries this recipe out and has any feedback or suggestions - I've just started playing around with making my own variations on drinks so I know there's still a lot to learn!