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Tiki Central Forums Tiki Drinks and Food Recipe: rum cocktail for Chinese New Year (next week)
Recipe: rum cocktail for Chinese New Year (next week)
thePorpoise
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Posted: 2011-01-25 08:13 am   Permalink

based on the Canton cocktail, but with the grenadine upped. some call it a Chinese cocktail, I call it the Red Lantern:

1.5 oz dark rum
half oz grenadine
qtr oz. Luxardo maraschino liqueur
qtr oz. triple sec (or curacao if you prefer)
dash of Angostura bitters

Shake over ice, strain into cocktail glass, garnish w/cherry and orange twist.

nice balance of sweetness, citrus, maraschino funk, and molasses.

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jingleheimerschmidt
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Posted: 2011-01-25 09:37 am   Permalink

Sounds good. I have tried this combo with cognac but not rum. Maybe tonight : )
Thanks to a Christmas present of David Wondrich's "Imbide!", I have been mixing up a quite the collection of vintage cocktails. The combo you posted seems to have been popular in the late 1800's. Interesting to see (and drink...hiccup) the roots of our tiki drinks.


 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2011-01-25 09:57 am   Permalink

I knew it was a classic cocktail, but 1800's? I did not know that :::end Carson voice:::

Esquire's website has a cocktails catalog with Wondrich's commentary on each drink.
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jingleheimerschmidt
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Posted: 2011-01-26 08:31 am   Permalink

Yep. Pretty good. I used homemade grenadine so it was a bit sweet for me. Might try different bitters in it tonight and see what happens. Maybe change up the rums too. I've been pretty bored with the old standby cocktails lately so this has given me something to do.

 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2011-01-26 4:17 pm   Permalink

havent tried out homemade grenadine.

best brand of grenadine i've used is Angostura but i can't find it anymore and everything else i've tried is either too weak or too artificial tasting.
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jingleheimerschmidt
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Posted: 2011-01-27 1:16 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-01-26 16:17, thePorpoise wrote:
havent tried out homemade grenadine.

best brand of grenadine i've used is Angostura but i can't find it anymore and everything else i've tried is either too weak or too artificial tasting.




I use 1:1 unsweetened pomegranate juice to sugar. Simmer enough to dissolve the sugar. I bottle it with an oz of vodka to preserve. Keep refrigerated. I use different sugars sometimes. Half white half demerara.


 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2011-02-03 9:45 pm   Permalink

jingleheimer, tried both the cognac, and the dark rum versions of the Red Lantern tonight. Gotta say, i like the rum version way better. i used a vsop cognac, but it still somehow overpowered the other ingredients. the dark rum on the other hand pulled everything together. dunno why. maybe ancient chinese secret?

Gung hay fat choy!



 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2011-02-04 11:49 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-01-27 13:16, jingleheimerschmidt wrote:
Quote:

On 2011-01-26 16:17, thePorpoise wrote:
havent tried out homemade grenadine.

best brand of grenadine i've used is Angostura but i can't find it anymore and everything else i've tried is either too weak or too artificial tasting.




I use 1:1 unsweetened pomegranate juice to sugar. Simmer enough to dissolve the sugar. I bottle it with an oz of vodka to preserve. Keep refrigerated. I use different sugars sometimes. Half white half demerara.



what total volume are you adding the 1 oz vodka to?
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2012-01-22 3:59 pm   Permalink

okay, tomorrow is Chinese New Year's Day, and here I am broke and out of maraschino liqueur.

anybody got an idea for a viable substitute?


 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2012-01-25 4:58 pm   Permalink

follow-up for anyone interested in viable substitute for maraschino: i subbed kirschwasser with a little orgeat added in. pretty close!

 
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