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
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.