Joined: Jun 28, 2012
|Posted: 2014-01-14 07:13 am  Permalink|
A citrus indulgence:
Drink 16: Coronado Luau Special
This is an interesting cocktail to say the least. At first, I was a bit frightened regarding adding 2 whole ounces of lemon juice, but alas, my fears where calmed upon tasting. The 3 ounces of fresh orange juice truly helps balance the flavors appropriately. The orange-lemon combination (along with the Grand Marinier) creates a citrus blast that dominates the drink. It's almost reminiscent of a non-alchoholic citrus punch, as these bright flavors first hit your taste buds.
As the drink develops on the palate, the strength of the rum, and the bite of the cognac helps create another layer of flavor that increases the complexity of the drink.
Few minor criticisms and notes:
*This drink is a little too sweet for my taste. It could be that my oranges were exceedingly sweet, but still, I think the simple syrup may be superfluous or at least needs reduction - maybe 1/2 an ounce instead of a whole ounce.
*Furthermore, I love orgeat, and whenever I see a recipe that calls for a 1/4 ounce of orgeat, I sigh in disappointment. Why not just replace the simple syrup with 1/2 ounce (or even 3/4 ounce) of orgeat entirely? Perhaps, I will experiment next time.
*I noticed that the original recipe from Grog Log called for even more citrus. I'm quite glad that the proportions were retuned. The original does not look quite as appealing.
Ingredients I used:
Fresh orange juice (Clementines to be exact)
Fresh lemon juice
Homemade simple syrup (1.5 sugar to 1 water) ratio
Coruba Dark Rum
El Dorado - 3 Year Light Rum
Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac
1833 Routin Orgeat
My personal rating: *** 1/2 (3.5) out of ***** (5)
New Addition *
Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch: 4
Aurora Bora Borealis: 4
Bourbon Special: 4
Beachcomber's Gold (Hollywood and Palm Springs): 4
Beachcomber's Punch: 3.5
Coronado Luau Special: 3.5
Castaway: 3.5 (slightly modified)
Banana Daiquiri: 3.5
Eastern Sour: 3
Astro Aku Aku: 3
Western Sour: 3
Beachcomber's Gold (Waikiki): 3
Beachcomber's Gold (Chicago): 2
Boo Loo: 1.5