We've recently announced that our October 3st of the Month theme will be all about Tiki Drinks. We're kinda obsessed with them actually. . .but we're also excited about educating some folks about what Tiki Drinks are all about.
As we've discussed before, a good Tiki Drink is all about complexity and layers of flavors. They typically start with fresh fruit juices and a combination of rums, but it's the other elements that really make them 'tiki' - the spices, syrups and flavors.
But it's a common misconception that they have to be sickeningly sweet. In order to set that straight, we've whipped up this grapefruit-based cocktail, using original 'white' grapefruit, not the candy-sweet ruby red variety (thought they will work as well).
But we've also added another fundamental of many Tiki Drinks - Falernum. Falernum is available as a liqueur or flavored syrup and refers to a combination of lime, ginger, spice and almond flavors. It's a key ingredient in the classic Zombie cocktail and adds immediate complexity to cocktails.
tiki glass or collins glass
3 oz fresh-squeezed white grapefruit juice
.75 oz aged white rum
.75 oz black rum
.75 oz spiced rum
.75 oz falernum
.5 oz apricot liqueur
pinch freshly-grated nutmeg
fresh grapefruit and cherry for garnish
Combine all ingredients except garnish in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 15 seconds to chill. Fill glass with ice and strain cocktail into glass. Garnish and serve.