I’ll admit, I love tiki drinks. In the oppressive heat and humidity that can easily overtake our nation’s capital, a frosty fruity rummy tiki drink immediately takes you to a better place. Somewhere you can hear the ocean waves breaking against the sand or a bubbling brook and waterfall hidden away in a tropical forest.
While trying to decide what recipe to share with everyone I really wanted to go outside the tiki drinks I usually drink or ones I commonly see on menus. I believe the recipe below really hit that nail on the head.
The drink comes from “Beachbum Berry Remixed” by the Don of Tiki, Jeff Berry.
1oz fresh lemon juice
1oz Cherry Herring
1oz amber 151-proof rum (such as Cruzan, El Dorado or Bacardi)
.5oz simple syrup
-Shake well with crushed ice and pour un-strained into a double rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist
I can certainly understand where the name came from! This is tart, sweet and rummy and incredibly deceptive in strength. The only thing that keeps me from gulping the entire thing down in one swallow is the crushed ice. It keeps you from gulping for fear of choking or brain freeze. Good thing though because if this drink was slammed and you stepped awkwardly, then . . . well . . . you may break an ankle. (Check out Jeff’s book for the real story behind the name of the drink!)