Slack Key Guitar Cocktail

The more I learn about cocktails, the more I appreciate the craftsmanship behind the really good ones. No two bartenders make the same exact cocktail, which can be a good or a bad thing. For the good ones, it means that you may get two really good cocktails with their own fingerprint, if you will. For the bad ones, it means that if you’ve had a good Old Fashioned in one place and then gone somewhere else will someone who doesn’t know their stuff, the end result can be tragic. This has sort of brought out the snob in me, but I feel like it’s justified when you’re paying big $$$ at a bar or restaurant.

So as I’ve become more aware of cocktail culture in general, I’ve become even more impressed with tiki drinks. As you know, I don’t like complicated cocktails, which really do make up the majority of the tiki repertoire. However, there are a few really dazzlingly simple drinks (e.g., Ti Punch) that have me looking for more.

It wasn’t long before I wanted to try creating my own tiki cocktail, but I lacked the right weather and inspiration. Then, my mom visited us for a week and gave me a bottle of Blue Curaçao. That was just the thing I needed to get going. Blue Curaçao is a funny thing. I think it was mostly invented to make blue drinks seeing as Orange Curaçao basically tastes the same and blends better with fruit juices and aged rum.

So, I rolled up my sleeves and just started making it up as I went along. I think I started out with a margarita recipe. The pineapple juice was meant to take the place of the lime juice, and the rum for the tequila. From there, I also added a little Elderflower Liqueur for a floral essence to balance out the pineapple.

The first rendition of the drink sort of felt flat. I looked at mom and we both said “needs lime juice” at the same time, so I rebalanced the drink a little and man, was it just the thing this gal needed to be an awesome drink. If you’ve never made up a cocktail before, I highly recommend trying it out with a friend sometime. It was a really fun and memorable experience for us both, and now this drink will always take me back to that special moment.

Slack Key Guitar Cocktail

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 Drink


  • 1 1/2 Ounces Pot Still Rum
  • 1 Ounce Pineapple Juice
  • 3/4 Ounce Blue Curaçao
  • 1/4 Ounce Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/4 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Simple Syrup
  • 1 Lime Wedge


  • Place first 6 ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake until cold.
  • Serve in a tiki glass over crushed ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

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