The Twilight Lounge – February 12, 2017
I wonder, if my bottle of Malibu was that big, would I have girls like that coming over all the time?
Unfortunately my bottle isn’t that big, and it’s been sitting in my liquor cabinet for far too long, leftover from a previous party. I finally decided I’d need to drink it since the Malibu girls still haven’t come by. The difficulty is that I don’t like coconut flavors or Malibu. So what to do?
I realized I’d need to essentially mask the flavor of the Malibu. I know, that is an anthema to what I typically do when creating cocktails, but it was the only way I’d be able to drink it. The first decision was what to use for juice. Orange or cranberry would have been the easy choices. Pineapple made sense, but I thought that might be too sweet. While perusing the juice aisle at the local grocery store I stumbled upon a blend of mango, pineapple and orange juice that sounded intriguing. So into my cart it went and I was on my way.
Back at the Twilight Lounge it time to put a cocktail together. I had my Malibu and I had my juice. I could have just done the rum and juice (my apologies to Snoop Dogg), but that was pretty bland and a bit sweet. After a little tinkering and a couple of trials, here’s what I came up with:
- 1-1/2 oz Malibu rum
- 1/8 oz lime juice
- 3-4 dashes Bittercube Blackstrap Bitters
- mango pineapple orange juice
- soda water
Add the Malibu, lime juice and bitters to a collins glass and stir to mix. Fill the glass with ice and then add a 50/50 mix of the juice and soda water. Stir and garnish with a lime slice.
This is a nice, refreshing cocktail that I and the Malibu girls can enjoy. The taste of the Malibu is barely discernable and the bitters add a nice, smokey depth to the drink. The lime juice helps cut the sweet factor of the juice. This will be a nice way to finish off my bottle of Malibu!