Joined: Mar 29, 2004
From: Command Records International HQ
|Posted: 2008-06-19 3:56 pm  Permalink|
You're too kind, dude! I give credit to the Bum for that recipe, straight from the Grog Log. (And I credit to Bryce and Lisa for the inspiration to make that drink since they were going on about how good the Painkillers are at Forbidden Island).
Anyway, last Tuesday when Varla and I hit the Mai Kai before the Hukilau throngs arrived, we shared a Samoan Grog--a lovely little drink served in a thick-stemmed cocktail glass lined with an ice shell. We noticed there was a distinct hint of blackberry brandy. So, I flipped through Sippin' Safari and there it was staring right at me--Don' Own Grog! I mixed it exactly to the recipe, except I substituted Kaniche Martinique Rum for the New Orleans rum and served it in an ice cave.
Although it is more tart than the Mai Kai Samoan Grog, Don's Own Grog has a similar flavor profile. There is a spicy nose, a subtle dryness (surprisingly, since there are caramelly rums that go in it) and a nice floral finish. If you were in the mood for a drink closer to the Mai Kai version, I would suggest adding a little more sugar syrup and/or grenadine, and maybe using heavier rums.