You may be asking yourself a couple of questions about this picture, such as:
- Why is there a huge stargazer lily presiding like an ominous alien over the drink?
- Even though this tiki drink is the same color as nearly every other tiki drink, does it contain a secret ingredient?
- Is that a wooden back-scratcher?
Well, let’s see. The sweet aroma of the stargazer lily couldn’t be more suited to such a fine drink, though it soon found its way back to the garden as my allergy-entombed nose began to itch like something fierce. Though, as I’ve proven before, my skill in choosing flowers as garnishes proves that, indeed, I am not a botanist. The floral garnish was supposed to be an orchid.
This fine libation was created by Harry Yee, “The Dean of Hawaiian Bartenders,” who is said to have been the first to garnish a drink with an orchid and a paper parasol.
- 8oz passion fruit nectar
- 1 1/2oz Bacardi 151 rum
- 1/2oz orange curacao
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1oz Dark Jamaican rum
- 1oz Bourbon
Fill a large hurricane glass with crushed ice, add all the ingredients, and stir well. Garnish with pineapple, mint leaves, an orchid, and a wooden back-scratcher
Source: Intoxica! Jeff Berry
The Tropical Itch is the very essence of tiki magic. Every single ingredient blends with the others to create a surreal concoction that surely would brighten the eyes of any tiki fanatic. It’s blatantly obvious how passion fruit nectar is nothing like it’s syrupy counterpart. Instead of packing a sweet-tart punch, the nectar adds a delicate tropical flavor that seeps into every last one of your taste buds. The bitters and curacao work their magic on the rum, but the true surprise is the bourbon. It’s just a hint at the end of every sip, but how divine.