It was wonderful to see so many de-lurkers show their faces on Kaiser Penguin. I thought it was going to be easy giving away the three copies of Intoxica!, but you all submitted such tasty recipes and made the comment section fun and informative. So, I will be selecting three of you at random from those who de-lurked and donated a fine recipe.
Please email me your address at rws151 (-at-) gmail.com, and I’ll have Amazon ship directly to you. The book is on a 4-6 week wait, so you may have to rely on Grog Log for the next month or so. Then again, Amazon’s wait times are usually wildly overestimated. Also, if you already have Intoxica! and wish to donate to another of the de-lurkers, please let me know in the email, and I’ll notify them.
What About The Drink?
I’ve been compiling responses for an upcoming post on what defines an exotic cocktail or tiki drink and have gotten some compelling feedback from Martin at Forbidden Island and the Beachbum. The Astro Aku Aku fits all four of Berry’s qualifications, but I won’t give those away just yet.
The Astro Aku Aku reminds me of the aroma that fills the air from zesting endless limes and chopping away at ginger. Better yet, it reminds me of the first bottle of falernum of the summer, and how many more there are to come …
Astro Aku Aku
- 1 1/2oz lime juice
- 1oz papaya nectar (Goya)
- 1/2oz apricot nectar (Goya)
- 3/4oz sugar syrup (1 to 1)
- 1/2oz falernum
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1oz 151 Demerara rum (Lemon Hart)
- 1 1/2oz gold Puerto Rican rum (Bacardi Eight)
Blend with 1/2c crushed ice. Pour into a fun tiki mug and fill with ice cubes. Provide random, inappropriate garnish.
Source: Grog Log Jeff Berry
While the dark subtlety of the Demerara melds perfectly with the papaya and apricot nectars, the core of the drink is the falernum. Clove and ginger manage to find every corner of your mouth while a hint of bitters lingers on your tongue. The flavors are pure excitement. With all the sweet ingredients piled into this drink, it’s amazing how balanced and “just-right” the final version is.
Need Something to Comment on?
What do you think defines an exotic cocktail? Mystical syrups? Endless types of rum? Temperate lilies?