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A Spiritous Journey through Remixed - From the Astro Aku Aku to the Zadaran Storm
Destro100
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Posted: 2014-09-27 05:17 am   Permalink

I'm back. I hope. Things got a bit crazy for me.



Interesting...

Drink 69: Singapore Sling (1950s)

Ingredients I used:

Fresh LIme Juice
Luxardo Sangue Morlacco
Benedictine
Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac
Broker's London Dry Gin
Soda Water (soda stream)

This is certainly an interesting variation of the Singapore Sling. Usually, I associate the Singapore Sling with a very sweet, cherry-based drink served at chain restaurants and hotel-pool bars. Like the much maligned Mai Tai, it appears that the original template of the drink is something else entirely. This 1950s version of the drink is lightly sweetened, has little cherry flavor, and is quite refreshing.

It's funny, but I think the drink could actually use more cherry flavor. Overall, the drink could use a touch more sweetness. It is refreshing, yet quite bitter which makes it taste less tiki - and more classic-cocktail in style. I found the drink to taste quite strong which is not surprising when you consider that most of the ingredients are alcoholic; very little juice here.


The gin comes forward first, bringing its vegetal and spicy notes right up to the front. The Benedictineís spicy notes follow, and the brandy and cherry liqueur feature last. As the ice dilutes the flavors tend to marry together well, and the Sling begins to taste more complete and well-rounded. The club soda gets mostly lost; perhaps more would be helpful.

I won't be adding this to my regular list of drinks, but I am left curious at how this version compares to future versions listed in the book..

My personal rating: *** (3) out of ***** (5)

SCORECARD:

4.5 ALMOST PERFECT - 3 drinks so far
Chief Lapu Lapu / Kikuya Lapu / Mai Tai (Trader Vic)

4 - EXCELLENT - 12 drinks and counting
Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch /Aurora Bora Borealis / Outrigger / Bourbon Special / Beachcomber's Gold (Hollywood and Palm Springs) / Hell in the Pacific / Krakatoa / La Florida / Tortuga / Mai Tai Swizzle / 151 Swizzle / Port Light

3.5 - VERY GOOD - 20 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Punch / Coronado Luau Special / Hawaii Kai Treasure / Coconaut / Castaway (slightly modified) / Don's Special Daiquiri / Banana Daiquiri / Captain's Grog / Viking Fog Cutter / Navy Grog / Hurricane / Lani-Honi / Mariposa Fizz / Mai Tai (Stuft Shirt) / Never Say Die / Pago Pago / Painkiller / Q.B. Cooler / Shark's Tooth / Sidewinder's Fang

3 - GOOD - 20 drinks and counting
Eastern Sour / Astro Aku Aku / Kapu Kai / Western Sour / Beachcomber's Gold (Waikiki) / Red Tide / Samoan Fog Cutter / Gold Cup / Headhunter / Fogg Cutter / Noa Noa / Aku Aku Lapu / Mai Tai (Royal Hawaiian) / Missionary's Downfall / Strip and go Naked / Polynesian Paralysis / Happy Buddha / Shrunken Skull / Scorpion Bowl/ Singapore Sling

2.5 - ABOVE AVERAGE - 4 drinks and counting
Jasper's Jamaican / Derby Daiquiri / Carioca Hawaiian Cocktail / Hawaiian Room

2 - AVERAGE - 8 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Gold (Chicago) / Lychee Nut Daiquiri / Fog Cutter / Von Tiki / Planet of the Apes / Rum Runner / Pieces of Eight / Polynesian Spell

1.5 - BELOW AVERAGE - 2 drinks and hopefully not too many more
Boo Loo / Royal Daiquiri

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Posted: 2014-09-27 12:43 pm   Permalink

Welcome back Destro100!

 
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Posted: 2014-09-27 9:02 pm   Permalink

Glad you are back Destro! I have really enjoyed your spiritous journey so far. Thanks for taking the time to post (and experiment) again.

Cheers and aloha!


 
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Destro100
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Posted: 2014-09-29 7:03 pm   Permalink






Fruity and familiar...

Drink 70: Spindrift

Ingredients I used:

Fresh lemon Juice
Fresh orange juice
Passionfruit syrup (1-1 Goya frozen pulp - sugar)
Simple syrup (1-1 sugar-water)
Vanilla extract
Kohala Bay Dark Jamaican rum
El Dorado 8 demerera rum
Flor de Cana 4 - white rum

Iím desperately trying to find something original and new to say, but much like this drink, itís all been said before. Donít get me wrong, this is not a bad drink. Itís a fine drink; very pleasurable and very Tiki. At the same time, if youíve had a Lapu Lapu or a Sidewinderís Fang, you basically know what you are in for.

The large amount of lemon and orange juices firmly place this in the citrus punch family of drinks, while the addition of passionfruit further places this drink in that special sifter-large format of tropical tiki style libations. The simple syrup seemed redundant and the vanilla extract was unnoticeable.

The combination of rums was tasty, effective, and very present, yet slightly indistinctive and muddled. Donít use your ďbest" stuff - but always use ďgoodĒ stuff. The alcohol has a nice bite at the end, and it may fool you into thinking itís not as strong as it actually is. I also noticed that the drink maintained a great level of strength over time regardless of dilution. I never felt the drink weakening - good news for booze-hounds.

The drink is large; very large. With almost 12 ounces of liquid (almost 5 ounces of rum) this drink can easily be shared. Overall this is a very solid drink, but once youíve had a few dozen fantastic passionfruit drinks, the Spindrift doesnít find a way to differentiate itself. This is a good drink for guests who you wish to impress with the complexity and deliciousness of a well-made tiki drink. On the other hand, this drink is a lot of effort, and I might as well go with a Chief Lapu Lapu which seems to hit this archetype dead-on.

Side note - The tropical flavors here scream to be paired with asian-style BBQ. Pork specifically. Magical combination.

Second side-note - TRIVIA QUESTION - Anyone know why I paired it with the King?

My personal rating: ***1/2 (3.5) out of ***** (5)

SCORECARD:

4.5 ALMOST PERFECT - 3 drinks so far
Chief Lapu Lapu / Kikuya Lapu / Mai Tai (Trader Vic)

4 - EXCELLENT - 12 drinks and counting
Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch /Aurora Bora Borealis / Outrigger / Bourbon Special / Beachcomber's Gold (Hollywood and Palm Springs) / Hell in the Pacific / Krakatoa / La Florida / Tortuga / Mai Tai Swizzle / 151 Swizzle / Port Light

3.5 - VERY GOOD - 21 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Punch / Coronado Luau Special / Hawaii Kai Treasure / Coconaut / Castaway (slightly modified) / Don's Special Daiquiri / Banana Daiquiri / Captain's Grog / Viking Fog Cutter / Navy Grog / Hurricane / Lani-Honi / Mariposa Fizz / Mai Tai (Stuft Shirt) / Never Say Die / Pago Pago / Painkiller / Q.B. Cooler / Shark's Tooth / Sidewinder's Fang / Spindrift

3 - GOOD - 20 drinks and counting
Eastern Sour / Astro Aku Aku / Kapu Kai / Western Sour / Beachcomber's Gold (Waikiki) / Red Tide / Samoan Fog Cutter / Gold Cup / Headhunter / Fogg Cutter / Noa Noa / Aku Aku Lapu / Mai Tai (Royal Hawaiian) / Missionary's Downfall / Strip and go Naked / Polynesian Paralysis / Happy Buddha / Shrunken Skull / Scorpion Bowl/ Singapore Sling

2.5 - ABOVE AVERAGE - 4 drinks and counting
Jasper's Jamaican / Derby Daiquiri / Carioca Hawaiian Cocktail / Hawaiian Room

2 - AVERAGE - 8 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Gold (Chicago) / Lychee Nut Daiquiri / Fog Cutter / Von Tiki / Planet of the Apes / Rum Runner / Pieces of Eight / Polynesian Spell

1.5 - BELOW AVERAGE - 2 drinks and hopefully not too many more
Boo Loo / Royal Daiquiri


 
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Posted: 2014-09-30 12:58 am   Permalink

Welcome back Destro! Your return has inspired me to go back and mix up one of the 29 drinks from Remixed that I had been neglecting. I'm sure you'll run into the Bali Hai's Bali Bali in due time. I'm not sure what scared me away (perhaps it was the rum/gin/cognac combo, in dubious proportions), but it's actually better than it appears.

I'm fairly fond of the Spindrift. It's hard to beat that rum combination. Anything with dark Jamaican and Demerara grabs my attention. I would actually put it on equal footing with the Chief Lapu Lapu.

Nice to see you've returned from Florida with a bottle of Kohala Bay. Try it in the upcoming Test Pilot and Ancient Mariner.

Could the Spindrift's link to the King be related to the fact that the drink was served at the short-lived Taboo Cove at the Venetian in Vegas?

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Destro100
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Posted: 2014-09-30 03:18 am   Permalink

Bingo - Nice job!

 
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Posted: 2014-09-30 10:18 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-09-30 00:58, Hurricane Hayward wrote:

Could the Spindrift's link to the King be related to the fact that the drink was served at the short-lived Taboo Cove at the Venetian in Vegas?




I assumed it had to do with "Spinout"






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Destro100
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Posted: 2014-10-02 08:23 am   Permalink


Simpler is better...

Drink 71: Singapore Sling (1930s -)

Ingredients I used:

Fresh lemon Juice
Barr Hill Gin
Luxardo Sangue Morlacco
Soda water (Soda stream)

This drink was a marked improvement over the identically named concoction that I previously reviewed. That drink was interesting, but at the same time, it reminded me of a ďLong Island Iced TeaĒ without the sweetness. There are very few instances where two different base spirits (gin and brandy) and 2 very different enhancers (Benedictine and Cherry liqueur) should be brought together. Simply stated - it wasnt terrible, nor did it work for me; this version was better.

It is better in it its simplicity. It follows a very safe and proven cocktail template of strong, sweet, bitter/sour, and weak (water). That is why it works. The ingredients manage to individually shine without constantly battling each other. Additionally, the cherry is not lost but rather, easily identifiable; as it should be. The proportions seemed to be balanced fairly well.

This is one of those drinks where a careful selection of ingredients is nearly essential. I went with Barr Hill Gin for its unique inclusion of honey. It has a subtle floral sweetness but never veers too far from its juniper roots. Itís a great product that is usually slightly above my budget for a gin, but I couldnít resist picking up the 375 ml. during my last visit to Vermont.

The gin and cherry battle and meet in the middle - there is a nice tart sweetness that begins the taste and a woodsy herbaceous-ness to finish.

I recently ran out of Cheery Herring, and Iím not sure when Iíll have the inclination to replace it. In the meantime, I do love the Luxardo Sangue Morlacco liqueur. It has a deep cherry flavor without being overly sweet. Donít get me wrong, itís a liqueur, so it is sweet, but not compared to one of the cheaper brands: Dekyuper, Lloyds, etc.

Overall, this drink is refreshing without being overly interesting. The ingredients could be doubled (or increased by 50%) as I found that there wasnít enough liquid to make this a true tall-drink. I needed more. Thatís a good thing!

Side note - Goes nicely with mixed nuts (I had some cashews and pistachios)

My personal rating: ***1/2 (3.5) out of ***** (5)

SCORECARD:

4.5 ALMOST PERFECT - 3 drinks so far
Chief Lapu Lapu / Kikuya Lapu / Mai Tai (Trader Vic)

4 - EXCELLENT - 12 drinks and counting
Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch /Aurora Bora Borealis / Outrigger / Bourbon Special / Beachcomber's Gold (Hollywood and Palm Springs) / Hell in the Pacific / Krakatoa / La Florida / Tortuga / Mai Tai Swizzle / 151 Swizzle / Port Light

3.5 - VERY GOOD - 22 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Punch / Coronado Luau Special / Hawaii Kai Treasure / Coconaut / Castaway (slightly modified) / Don's Special Daiquiri / Banana Daiquiri / Captain's Grog / Viking Fog Cutter / Navy Grog / Hurricane / Lani-Honi / Mariposa Fizz / Mai Tai (Stuft Shirt) / Never Say Die / Pago Pago / Painkiller / Q.B. Cooler / Shark's Tooth / Sidewinder's Fang / Spindrift / Singapore Sling (1930s)

3 - GOOD - 20 drinks and counting
Eastern Sour / Astro Aku Aku / Kapu Kai / Western Sour / Beachcomber's Gold (Waikiki) / Red Tide / Samoan Fog Cutter / Gold Cup / Headhunter / Fogg Cutter / Noa Noa / Aku Aku Lapu / Mai Tai (Royal Hawaiian) / Missionary's Downfall / Strip and go Naked / Polynesian Paralysis / Happy Buddha / Shrunken Skull / Scorpion Bowl/ Singapore Sling

2.5 - ABOVE AVERAGE - 4 drinks and counting
Jasper's Jamaican / Derby Daiquiri / Carioca Hawaiian Cocktail / Hawaiian Room

2 - AVERAGE - 8 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Gold (Chicago) / Lychee Nut Daiquiri / Fog Cutter / Von Tiki / Planet of the Apes / Rum Runner / Pieces of Eight / Polynesian Spell

1.5 - BELOW AVERAGE - 2 drinks and hopefully not too many more
Boo Loo / Royal Daiquiri


 
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Finding this thread was like discovering a new room in my house. The best part is that so many of my own opinions and doubts about some of these drinks were echoed here. I'm a novice so when I read REMIXED and see that the Bum prefers the Gold Cup to the Beachcomber's Gold I think the problem is with me when I make both and don't love the Gold Cup (the app version has a second teaspoon of Absinthe instead of 1 tsp by the way) and end up in love with the Beachcomber's Gold. You came to the same conclusion on this thread and about others that have been on my mind too. The Painkiller I liked but felt, for a classic, it was a bit underwhelming and I thought the Scorpion was a letdown (bigtime). You seem to have come to the same conclusions. Meanwhile I think nothing has topped the classic Mai Tai which I see I coincidentally happened to make with the same rums you did. All in all this thread is great and made me trust myself a bit more. Keep 'em comin'!

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Destro100
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Posted: 2016-07-07 4:42 pm   Permalink

Where were we?

Drink 72: Singapore Sling (1970s -)




Ingredients I used:

Fresh lemon Juice
Plymouth Gin
Trader Joeís Pineapple Juice (canned)
Cointreau
Benedictine
Luxardo Sangue Morlacco
Sonoma Syrups grenadine
Angostura Bitters
Soda water (supermarket brand)

I have a bit of a conundrum. I definitely enjoyed this drink more than the 1930s version but alas, I donít think it merits more than 3 1/2 stars. Itís a very good drink but not an ďexcellentĒ one. On the Grogalizer it sits at a 7.9 which seems slightly high in my opinion.

This drink is a tale of two tastes. At first I was hit with a flavorfully sweet cherry taste coming from the Morlacco and grenadine, yet almost immediately the forthrightness of the gin, the sourness of the lemons, the bitterness of the Angostura and the savoriness of the Benedictine all combine to have a stronger impact that lingers longer than the initial sweetness. As a matter of fact, the soda water helps lengthen and develop the tart and bitter sensation long after the initial swallow. I even detected a hint of heat from the combination of ingredients, reminiscent of the spiciness of ginger.

It can be safely said that this is a gin drink and the gin stands up to the other ingredients quite well. It also helps to use a distinctive gin; hence, the Plymouth gin. Plymouth is one of those rare gins that is both smooth and strong. It works wonders in cocktails (especially Martinis) yet doesnít veer too far away from a traditional Juniper-based classic. At the same time, the drink is complex enough that it may not scare away those poor unfortunate gin-haters. Someone else can let me know how that works out.

While I like the delicate balance achieved here, I also donít see anything wrong with kicking up the cherry or grenadine a notch to help brighten the deep fruit flavors of the drink. I still havenít picked up a new bottle of Cherry Herring, but I donít think I will for a while. The Luxardo Sangue Morlacco serves as a suitable replacement. It seems to have a bit more cherry flavor and a touch less sweetness.

Measuring out the correct amount of ice to bring the drink to the top of a tall glass is important. It makes a difference because as the drink sits, the melting ice helps tease out a bit more sweetness while still maintaining the drink's gin-bite throughout the duration.

The pineapple seems a bit lost and the Cointreau only adds sweetness with the slightest hint of orange. Iím sure theyíre essential to the drink, but they are not easily picked out of a line-up.

Side note - I added some fresh berries as a garnish and was pleasantly surprised to find that the aroma contributed a delightful extra dimension to the drink. Worth a try.

My personal rating: ***1/2 (3.5) out of ***** (5)

SCORECARD:

4.5 ALMOST PERFECT - 3 drinks so far
Chief Lapu Lapu / Kikuya Lapu / Mai Tai (Trader Vic)

4 - EXCELLENT - 12 drinks and counting
Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch /Aurora Bora Borealis / Outrigger / Bourbon Special / Beachcomber's Gold (Hollywood and Palm Springs) / Hell in the Pacific / Krakatoa / La Florida / Tortuga / Mai Tai Swizzle / 151 Swizzle / Port Light

3.5 - VERY GOOD - 23 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Punch / Coronado Luau Special / Hawaii Kai Treasure / Coconaut / Castaway (slightly modified) / Don's Special Daiquiri / Banana Daiquiri / Captain's Grog / Viking Fog Cutter / Navy Grog / Hurricane / Lani-Honi / Mariposa Fizz / Mai Tai (Stuft Shirt) / Never Say Die / Pago Pago / Painkiller / Q.B. Cooler / Shark's Tooth / Sidewinder's Fang / Spindrift / Singapore Sling (1930s) / Singapore Sling (1970s)

3 - GOOD - 20 drinks and counting
Eastern Sour / Astro Aku Aku / Kapu Kai / Western Sour / Beachcomber's Gold (Waikiki) / Red Tide / Samoan Fog Cutter / Gold Cup / Headhunter / Fogg Cutter / Noa Noa / Aku Aku Lapu / Mai Tai (Royal Hawaiian) / Missionary's Downfall / Strip and go Naked / Polynesian Paralysis / Happy Buddha / Shrunken Skull / Scorpion Bowl/ Singapore Sling

2.5 - ABOVE AVERAGE - 4 drinks and counting
Jasper's Jamaican / Derby Daiquiri / Carioca Hawaiian Cocktail / Hawaiian Room

2 - AVERAGE - 8 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Gold (Chicago) / Lychee Nut Daiquiri / Fog Cutter / Von Tiki / Planet of the Apes / Rum Runner / Pieces of Eight / Polynesian Spell

1.5 - BELOW AVERAGE - 2 drinks and hopefully not too many more
Boo Loo / Royal Daiquiri


 
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Posted: 2016-07-07 4:58 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-07-07 16:58, Tiki Drifter wrote:
He's back!!!


...and has not missed a beat, welcome back!!!


 
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Destro100
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Posted: 2016-07-09 5:39 pm   Permalink





Baby-break

Drink 73:Test Pilot

Ingredients I used:

Fresh lime Juice
Fee Brothers Falernum†
Cointreau
Coruba dark rum
Cruzan light rum
Angostura Bitters
Pernod

Itís true, I have been neglecting my journey for quite a while. You can find the reason in the picture below. But now that our new addition finally seems shelf-stable, I can return to my worthy quest.



I always look forward to trying out a tiki classic. I am especially thrilled when it manages to surprise and differentiate itself from other tiki classics.

The Test Pilot falls more into a sour style of drink, rather than your typical tiki citrus punch-based styles (combinations of Lemons, limes, oranges, and pineapple). This drink may actually turn off those looking for a sweet tropical libation, but sour fans will love it.

Specifically, the combination of lime, falernum, Pernod, and Angostura come together to form one mighty sour-tart-bitter sensation. It lasts throughout the entirety of the drink and may be a bit extreme for some.

Confession: my limes were a bit old and may have added a bit of unnecessary tartness.

The Jamaican rum mixed with the light Puerto Rican rum blends well together, but any subtlety is lost to the sour-power that dominates the drink.

I do wish the falernum stood out more but that could be a reflection on the quality of the Fee Brothers brand. I do realize that many experts recommend it, but I think this may be my first and last time using it.
It tastes fine but it lacks the distinctive sweet ginger body found in BG Reynolds. To be honest, I think I even prefer the Velvet Falernum.

The crushed ice helps provide a refreshing sensation that allows you to sit with the drink for a while. This is great because most classic sour-style drinks end up in coup glasses and only last about 15 minutes. Furthermore, as the ice slowly melts and works its way through the drink, some of the sour notes mellow and help round out the drink.

An enjoyable drink overall but there are better.

My personal rating: ***1/2 (3.5) out of ***** (5)

SCORECARD:

4.5 ALMOST PERFECT - 3 drinks so far
Chief Lapu Lapu / Kikuya Lapu / Mai Tai (Trader Vic)

4 - EXCELLENT - 12 drinks and counting
Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch /Aurora Bora Borealis / Outrigger / Bourbon Special / Beachcomber's Gold (Hollywood and Palm Springs) / Hell in the Pacific / Krakatoa / La Florida / Tortuga / Mai Tai Swizzle / 151 Swizzle / Port Light

3.5 - VERY GOOD - 24 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Punch / Coronado Luau Special / Hawaii Kai Treasure / Coconaut / Castaway (slightly modified) / Don's Special Daiquiri / Banana Daiquiri / Captain's Grog / Viking Fog Cutter / Navy Grog / Hurricane / Lani-Honi / Mariposa Fizz / Mai Tai (Stuft Shirt) / Never Say Die / Pago Pago / Painkiller / Q.B. Cooler / Shark's Tooth / Sidewinder's Fang / Spindrift / Singapore Sling (1930s) /†Singapore Sling (1970s) / Test Pilot

3 - GOOD - 20 drinks and counting
Eastern Sour / Astro Aku Aku / Kapu Kai / Western Sour / Beachcomber's Gold (Waikiki) / Red Tide / Samoan Fog Cutter / Gold Cup / Headhunter / Fogg Cutter / Noa Noa / Aku Aku Lapu / Mai Tai (Royal Hawaiian) / Missionary's Downfall / Strip and go Naked / Polynesian Paralysis / Happy Buddha / Shrunken Skull / Scorpion Bowl/ Singapore Sling

2.5 - ABOVE AVERAGE - 4 drinks and counting
Jasper's Jamaican / Derby Daiquiri / Carioca Hawaiian Cocktail / Hawaiian Room

2 - AVERAGE - 8 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Gold (Chicago) / Lychee Nut Daiquiri / Fog Cutter / Von Tiki / Planet of the Apes / Rum Runner / Pieces of Eight / Polynesian Spell

1.5 - BELOW AVERAGE - 2 drinks and hopefully not too many more
Boo Loo / Royal Daiquiri†


 
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Posted: 2016-07-12 12:28 pm   Permalink

Congrats to you in your new addition, ours has been changing our drinking habits for two years now!

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Posted: 2016-07-26 7:02 pm   Permalink

Simple is better

Drink 74: Spindrift Jr.



Ingredients I used:
Fresh orange juice
Fresh lemon Juice
Passion fruit syrup (from frozen pulp)
Vanilla Syrup (vanilla extract method)
El Dorado 12

The first thing that struck me was the interesting merger achieved by this concoction. It is the perfect drink to give someone looking for an overly-sweet boat drink without shaming yourself or your bar.

The drink is sweet. Fortunately, I make my passion fruit quite tart and that helps to tame some of the sweetness. Additionally, I love passion fruit and this drink has a pronounced passion fruit flavor. The orange and lemon seem to work to help enhance the passion fruit and add complexity and balance rather than dominating the drink and creating a typical tiki citrus punch. While sippingí, I noticed nice background notes of vanilla that contribute a novel candy-like memory to my noggin.

I did not have any vanilla bean handy and decided to try the vanilla extract method of making vanilla syrup. I have to admit, I think it works. It might add a little too much sweetness, but using a very good extract does manage to bring out adequate vanilla flavor to the syrup. Further testing and comparisons to come.

A very good rum definitely helps the drink stand out. I love the El Dorado 12, perhaps better than the 15, and I think it works great in this recipe.

Strangely, in comparison, I may favor the Jr. rather than the original Spindrift. I think its simplicity is an asset as the flavors all manage to share the spotlight and not get lost within each other. It doesnít help that the origin Spindrift has quite a few ingredients and therefore can be quite time-consuming to create.

The amounts called for in Remixed definitely create a drink that is too small. I had to add a ridiculous amount of ice just to make the drink look right. Itís definitely safe to double everything. I noticed that reviews on the Grogalizer were all over the place and couldn'tít figure out why. I donít think the drink is top tier, but I do think it is ďdare I say?Ē delicious. I will say that the drink is a bit one-note and doesnít develop over time with dilution. It tends to maintain the same flavor throughout the drink. This is both good and bad. Good, because itís a yummy drink, bad, because the sweetness tends to linger a bit too long.

I did make this drink a second time for a dinner party of six with some minor adjustments. I added an additional 1/2 ounce of rum and a dash of Angostura. I also used El Dorado 8 instead. A little splash of soda water also brought a little fun fizz to the drink. I found that these changes worked out quite nicely.

My personal rating: ***1/2 (3.5) out of ***** (5)

SCORECARD:

4.5 ALMOST PERFECT - 3 drinks so far
Chief Lapu Lapu / Kikuya Lapu / Mai Tai (Trader Vic)

4 - EXCELLENT - 12 drinks and counting
Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch /Aurora Bora Borealis / Outrigger / Bourbon Special / Beachcomber's Gold (Hollywood and Palm Springs) / Hell in the Pacific / Krakatoa / La Florida / Tortuga / Mai Tai Swizzle / 151 Swizzle / Port Light

3.5 - VERY GOOD - 25 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Punch / Coronado Luau Special / Hawaii Kai Treasure / Coconaut / Castaway (slightly modified) / Don's Special Daiquiri / Banana Daiquiri / Captain's Grog / Viking Fog Cutter / Navy Grog / Hurricane / Lani-Honi / Mariposa Fizz / Mai Tai (Stuft Shirt) / Never Say Die / Pago Pago / Painkiller / Q.B. Cooler / Shark's Tooth / Sidewinder's Fang / Spindrift / Singapore Sling (1930s) / Singapore Sling (1970s) / Test Pilot / Spindrift Jr.

3 - GOOD - 20 drinks and counting
Eastern Sour / Astro Aku Aku / Kapu Kai / Western Sour / Beachcomber's Gold (Waikiki) / Red Tide / Samoan Fog Cutter / Gold Cup / Headhunter / Fogg Cutter / Noa Noa / Aku Aku Lapu / Mai Tai (Royal Hawaiian) / Missionary's Downfall / Strip and go Naked / Polynesian Paralysis / Happy Buddha / Shrunken Skull / Scorpion Bowl/ Singapore Sling

2.5 - ABOVE AVERAGE - 4 drinks and counting
Jasper's Jamaican / Derby Daiquiri / Carioca Hawaiian Cocktail / Hawaiian Room

2 - AVERAGE - 8 drinks and counting
Beachcomber's Gold (Chicago) / Lychee Nut Daiquiri / Fog Cutter / Von Tiki / Planet of the Apes / Rum Runner / Pieces of Eight / Polynesian Spell

1.5 - BELOW AVERAGE - 2 drinks and hopefully not too many more
Boo Loo / Royal Daiquiri


 
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