October 26th, 2007

Dexter & Stagg
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Friday Night Tiki

Here in Arlington it has been very rainy and cool the last few days.   I honestly like the cool weather and the rain doesn't really bother me.  But tonight, I decided that I wanted to start the night off with something a little tropical . . . something a little tiki.  Maybe a little something with rum and falernum . . .

I flipped through some recipes and came across the Bermuda Rum Swizzle.  Hmmm . . . sounds interesting.  What's in it?

Bermuda Rum Swizzle
2 oz Dark Rum
1 oz lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1/4 oz falernum

Take everything and shake it well over ice.  Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.  You can garnish any way you please, but a cherry, slice of orange, pineapple or lime would seem apropos. 

Here is the finished product.

The things sticking out of the top are two stirrers.  The brown one is a tiki god sitting on a tiki paddle and green one is palm trees.  Just the kind of tiki vibe I was looking for.

This drink itself is kind of interesting.  The three juices are very strong in this drink.  They cover the rum, I used Gosling's Black Seal, to the point where you can taste a bit of the molasses but not much.  The lime juice comes through very strong and provides a sharp acidity that I really wasn't expecting.  The flavor of the falermun is lost too.  Of course, you don't want any flavor really jumping out at you, it should be a balance, but my personal preference would be to taste just a little more falernum and a little less acidity from the lime.

I may play around with the proportions a bit.  Maybe take the the lime down to 3/4 oz.  Maybe add a little more falernum.  Maybe add a dash of orange bitters.  Who knows.  That is one of the great things about cocktails.  You can try different ratios until you get something that pleases your palate.