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Day 80, Cocktails 82 & 83

I’m pretty sure that Jack Lord, after running down yet another bad guy on Hawaii Five-O didn’t have a cocktail with an umbrella sticking out of it.  Nah, Jack was a man’s man and wouldn’t be drinking frilly cocktails.  However, being in Hawaii, I’ll bet he’d have had the local version of something like a Margarita or daiquiri.  No, not the kind you get at Friday’s or on Bourbon Street filled with crushed ice and sickly sweet with syrup.  I’m talking about the real deal, with booze, a little more booze and a little bit of fresh juice.  Fortunately for Jack, I have just the drink for him.  I came up with this a couple of years ago during my first great tiki awakening. 

  Hawaiian

  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 dash Agnosturo bitters
  • 1/8 oz bar syrup

Combine the ingredients in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake to mix and chill.  Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry or thin lime slice.

This follows the classic cocktail construction of 1 part liquor, 1/2 part liqueur and 1 part or so of mixer (usually fresh juice).  What you get here is the Hawaiian version of the above mentioned margarita or daiquiri.  Not too sweet, not too tart, this cocktail is just right.  The orange of the Cointreau and the bitters play very nicely with the rum, and everything is well balanced (of course it is, I drank numerous versions to get it just right!).

For a fun variation of the Hawaiian, try this on for size.

  Blue Hawaiian

  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 dash Agnosturo bitters
  • 1/8 oz bar syrup

Again, combine the ingredients in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes. Shake to mix and chill.  Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cherry.

The flavor of this is very similar to the Hawaiian, but the the blue color gives it more of a tropical beach appeal or is reminiscent of the deep blue of the ocean off Hawaii’s coast.  Try them both and let me know which you like best!

Cheers!

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