It has been a while since I last posted my take on one of the cocktails from Beach Bum Berry Remixed Tiki Cocktail book. This summer has been going by really fast! Last night, I was out shopping for some ingredients so that I could try some of Kahuna Kevin's recipes from his book Why is the Rum Gone?. It turns out it can be difficult tracking down some of the syrups he uses in Wisconsin. So, I'll have to order online.
I did pick up some maple syrup. That opened up a few new cocktails for me. It is so fun how you can slowly build on your bar stock over time. If you start with just the ingredients to make one Tiki cocktail you don't have to spend a ton of money. Then, slowly pick up new ingredients. Before you know it you'll have a well stocked bar. I like to pick up one new ingredient each week, but you don't even need to go that fast. Sometimes I get a rum; other times it is a syrup. I just look through Remixed and see what looks good next, and see what I'm missing.
After getting some maple syrup I was able to make the Hai Krate. The Hai Karate was invented by Beachbum Berry circa 1999. This cocktail is made with fresh lime juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, maple syrup, Angostura bitters, and amber Virgin Islands rum. I used Cruzan.
The first thing you taste are the tart citrus flavors from the orange juice and the lime juice. The tartness melts into pineapple flavors. The maple syrup give the drink a nice hint of sweetness, and a sweet aftertaste remains for a few moments.
This cocktail was a little on the sour side. I like sour drinks so I enjoyed this one. The tartness can vary based on your citrus too. Sometimes limes are sweeter and sometimes they are more sour. The maple syrup gave a little twist to the normal sweet components that come from simple syrup.
If you are looking for the complete Hai Karate recipe check out Beach Bum Berry Remixed, or if you are really desperate Google it. I just don't give out the recipe since Beachbum Berry worked hard to put the book together. Who am I to give away the recipes.