Painkiller

Recipe courtesy of Ben Clemons

One of the newest members of the tiki family, the Painkiller was originally invented at the Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands. Quickly rising in popularity, this cocktail is one of the few tiki drinks to actually incorporate coconut, giving it that real toes-in-the-sand beachiness that you might not find in it's more metropolitan cousins.

An important aspect of the painkiller is the rum used to make it. A Navy-Strength rum is imperative to the original recipe. Navy-Strength rum is generally bottled at cask strength, or at a higher proof than most rums. The name comes from British sailors who, while conquering and pillaging the Caribbean, were given a daily allotment of rum. The sailors tested the rum to see if it had been watered down by lighting it on fire and seeing if it would burn. This was the proof they needed and is also the origin of the term proof in relation to alcohol. 

Equipment:

Cocktail shaker

Ingredients:

2 oz Navy-Strength Dark Rum (Pusser's or Smith & Cross)
.75 oz pineapple juice
.75 oz orange juice
.5 oz cream of coconut
freshly grated nutmeg
pineapple leaf for garnish

Method:

In cocktail shaker with ice, combine rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut. Shake vigorously and strain into glass filled with fresh ice. Top with nutmeg and garnish with pineapple leaf.

3rd Coast

When you see a frozen drink with an umbrella it's hard not to imagine yourself somewhere on the beach. Waves crashing...sand in your ass crack...someone's noisy kids running around and making noise while you're trying to relax...can't you just picture it?

But more often than not, these drinks are made with rum. We figured it was high time tequila got it's turn in a foo-foo umbrella drink. 

The trick to this recipe is that we're using anejo. There's basically three types of (good) tequila. Blanco (or silver) tequila is the distilled spirit that's simply bottled. Reposado translates to 'rested' and is the blanco tequila that's allowed to mellow in barrels for up to 364 days. The second you get past the one year mark, that rested reposado become Anejo. And, as you might imagine, the older the tequila, the more interesting the flavor. In this case, the oaky notes of Trianon Anejo still slides through the sweetness of the banana and coconut, but balances perfectly with the citrus and pineapple. 

equipment:

blender
large cocktail glass

ingredients:

2 oz Trianon Anejo Tequila
1 frozen banana (peeled, of course)
1 oz cream of coconut
3 oz pineapple juice
1 oz lime juice
1 cup crushed ice

method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.