As we've discussed before, a good Tiki drink is made from layers of flavors. These can come from a combination of rums, fresh fruit juices and flavored syrups. As is the case with this Hibiscus Breeze cocktail.
We've recently made a delicious hibiscus syrup (get the recipe here) and used it as the jumping off point for this tasty tiki drink. When coupled with perhaps the most well-known tiki syrup, Orgeat, the flavors combine to make a dangerously-delicious gulp-able cocktail. Orgeat is an almond-flavored syrup and can be purchased online or in specialty food stores. Besides being amazing in cocktails, it's phenomenal in iced coffee, poured over fresh fruit and drizzled on ice cream. Shit, just eat it by the spoonful if you want.
The spice in this comes from Sugar Island Rum Co. Spiced Rum. Our 3st of the Month members recently had a chance to sample it at our August event in the form of a Spiced Rum Old Fashioned and it was a hit to say the least. But, as with many good tiki drinks, we've added a couple other rums to round out the flavors - black rum and light rum.
So whip this one up, sit back and pretend you're on a beach somewhere. We know we did.
highball or tiki glass
1.5 oz Sugar Island Rum Co. Spiced Rum
.75 oz light rum
.75 oz black rum
.75 oz hibiscus syrup
.75 oz orgeat syrup
1 oz fresh-squeeze lime juice
1 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
lime and orange wedges for garnish
Fill your glass with ice and water to chill while making cocktail. In a shaker full of ice, add all three rums, both syrups and lime and orange juice. Shake for 20 seconds or so to chill. Empty ice from glass, fill with crushed/chipped ice and strain cocktail from shaker into glass. Garnish and serve.