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Entries in Lemon Juice (2)

Thursday
Mar032011

How to Make a Hurricane Cocktail

Aloha!

The HurricaneWith Mardi Gras around the corner it is time to have a Hurricane.  The Hurricane cocktail was invented by Pat O'Brien's during World War II in New Orleans. During the war many varieties of liquor were in short supply.  In order to get a case of whiskey distributors would require a bar to purchase several cases of rum.  As a result there was plenty of extra rum lying around. So, to get rid of it the Hurricane was invented.  The Hurricane is served in a glass that looks like a hurricane lamp, and that's how it got it's name.

There are numerous versions of a Hurricane, but I thought I'd share a simple one that tastes really good. After all who wants to spend Mardi Gras making complicated cocktails?

To make a Hurricane put crushed ice in your cocktail shaker and add:

  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
  • 1.5 oz Lemon Juice

Shake it up really good.  Then, pour the drink into a Hurricane Glass, unstrained.  You can garnish with an orange slice or a cherry.

The Hurricane is on the sweeter side of the scale.  One or two of these is enough for me in a night.  It is still a great drink. It is amazing what kind of flavor comes from just three ingredients.  The passion fruit gives it a nice fruity flavor and there is a hint of the lemon juice to cut down against all the sweetness.  The dark rum comes through and adds a hint of molasses.  This is a drink I make for myself year round.

Enjoy your Hurricane and Happy Mardi Gras!

 

Damon

 

Wednesday
Feb232011

How to Make an Amazing Scorpion Cocktail

Scorpion bowl for 4.

A while back one of my friends on Facebook, Elliot, asked how to make a good Scorpion, because the ones he makes don't turn out all that great.  We've all been there. I've poured some absolutely horrible cocktails.  So, I thought I would finally do some taste testing and provide some tips.

The Scorpion was invented by Trader Vic and is normally served in  in a scorpion bowl (above). A scorpion bowl usually serves more than one person. 

First, I tried the classic Trader Vic's Scorpion recipe.   It has silver rum, brandy, orange juice, lemon juice, and orgeat syrup. For my taste test I decided to try the single serving recipe that I found in the book Trader Vic's Tiki Party!: Cocktails and Food to Share with Friends.  This was a mighty strong concoction.  The rum and brandy comes through really strong.  There is a lot more brandy and alcohol in general in this version compared to the full scorpion bowl.   The orange and lemon gave a nice citrus flavor and the orgeat syrup helped cut down on the boozy taste. I realize it is a Scorpion and needs to have a sting, but the whole thing seemed a bit off balance.  I can't say I have a new favorite here.

The Luau ScorpionNext, up was the Luau Scorpion.  This recipe hails form the Luau of Beverly Hills, and dates back to 1958.  I found the recipe in Beach Bum Berry Remixed.  This version has gold rum, gin, brandy, orange juice, lime juice, orgeat syrup, and sugar syrup.  This scorpion is far superior to to the first.  The gin adds an interesting level of complexity to the drink.  It isn't overpowering, but blends well with the rum and citrus.  The lime juice seems to work better versus the lemon juice in the first recipe.  There is a little more syrup in this version, but it isn't too syrupy or sweet.  It really is the perfect balance, and it still give a fun little sting. The Luau Scorpion is going to be the standard scorpion served in my Tiki bar from now on.

Tips for an Amazing Scorpion

As always for Tiki cocktails, use fresh juice. 

Buy the fruit and juice them yourself. It's amazing what a difference that makes!

Use Quality Booze

Again, this can make a big difference.  I used Korbel Brandy, and Rehorst Gin. Rehorst is a Milwaukee Gin, but any quality Gin will do.  Different brands of Brandy can be very different. So be sure to stick with a good one.  You can't go wrong with Korbel.

Watch Your Measurements

With a lot of classic Tiki cocktails sloppy measuring can change the drink significantly. So if it isn't tasting good make sure you are measuring correctly.

It's not difficult to make great Tiki cocktails.  Give the Luau Scorpion a try.  Now, you are probably looking for the recipe. I don't think it's right for me to give all the recipes out of these books.  People worked hard to put them together.  So if you want the recipes buy the book and support Tiki culture.   I have links to them on Amazon over on the left side of the page.  If you really don't want to buy the book I'm sure Google will help you find the recipe.

I hope this helps Eliot!  If you have a Tiki cocktail question let me know. I'll do my best to answer it.

Mahalo!

Damon