Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Paradise in a Glass

paradise in a glass

Late last year, I hosted a cocktail
craft-o-rama party with bugheart where we made made a series of bitters and syrups. Whilst the participants were peeling fruit for the bitters, I was serving them signature cocktails that featured the fruits of their labor. Since they were making falernum, I had to find an easy to make cocktail that featured it. That is when I came across the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club cocktail (RBYC). I can safely say I was drawn to the “Royal” and “Yacht” aspects, with pleasant association of Magnum P.I. and his tony island haunt; the King Kamehameha Club.

paradise in a glass (blog only)

Although no connection to the show or Hawaii exists, it is loosely affiliated with the tiki cocktail genre (though a real RBYC exists no doubt with a bar and signature cocktails). Given its tiki affiliation the brand of rum you use IS important. Over my many attempts to approximate rum substitutes when making tiki cocktails, I have always been most satisfied and impressed when I used the exact one prescribed. Unfortunately in my tweaking of this recipe (the original specifies Barbados rum!), I found the best to be a 7 year old Cuban rum that I got during a recent trip to Mexico. Unless you have access to a foreign liquor store, a domestic search for this is fruitless. I felt a real Bermuda rum was a nice substitute.

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail
(adapted from A Dash of Bitters blog)

-2 parts dark rum (Havana Club 7, or Goslings Dark Seal 80 proof version)
-3/4 parts fresh squeezed lime juice
-1/4 part homemade falernum
-1/4 part simple syrup
-1/4 part Cointreau
-Dash of homemade grapefruit bitters

Combine in shaker with a bunch of cubed ice. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds, then double strain (filtering out both the pulp and small chunks of ice) into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime peel.

The darkness of the rum, the seasoning of the falernum with the lime juice as their foil, make this both a comforting winter cocktail and refreshing summer one. I’m sure if Higgins knew of its existence, it would be on the menu of the club in paradise.

paradise in a glass  (blog only)


katie said...

As one of the lucky attendees of the cocktail craftorama, I can attest to the delicousness of this drink. Looking at the ingredients, it seems like a summer-only drink. However, the spiciness of the falernum and the almost-smokiness of the dark rum make it a great winter drink as well. It's one of my new favorites!

joe shlichta said...

Dude, FALERNUM? How have i never heard of this stuff? Cuban rum? Some seriously esoteric ingredients you have here, although it does sound intriguing. Looking forward to having one, if i ever get to DC. Maybe you just better bring some with you next time you get out here.


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jgodsey said...

thanks for this...i am always looking for new drinks to make with my new bottle of Kraken Rum.

johnny said...

....my cocktail teleportation machine must not be working...as I DO NOT recall receiving mine....

Evan said...

This cocktail was my favorite of the ones our host so kindly made for us at the cocktail craft-o-rama! I had never heard of falernum before and was floored by how much complexity it added. How can you go wrong with lime rind, ginger, spices and high proof rum?! I neglected to make grapefruit bitters at the craft-o-rama, so I need to get to brewing a batch as soon as possible.