After enjoying the Coronado Luau Special for the first time at Forbidden Island, I knew I must add it to my overwhelming collection of tiki drinks that make up the summer schedule. I rushed home and eagerly flipped through the citrus-stained and rum-marked pages of Berry’s books for the recipe …
I must pause to ask a question. I was amazed to find my San Francisco correspondent’s Berry books to be nothing but immaculate. They were so clean that I questioned how much he had been using them. I was informed, with confidence, that it was improper to sully my drink books in the kitchen. Right …
I frequently have to tear the curacao-soaked pages of my Berry books apart. And if Adam saw my Thomas Keller cook books (let alone the ones I took out of the library before buying them), he would probably have a heart attack.
Do you keep your drink books crisp white and perfect, or are they soaked with pineapple yellow and rum gold?
Coronado Luau Special
- 4oz orange juice
- 4oz sweet & sour
- 1/4oz orgeat syrup
- 1 1/2oz (originally 1oz) dark Jamaican rum (I used Gosling’s)
- 1 1/2oz (originally 1oz) light Puerto Rican rum (I used Bacardi – a new shipment of Brugal is on the way)
- 1/2oz Grand Marnier (I used Cointreau – see below)
- 1/2oz brandy (I used St Remy Napoleon – some random inexpensive brandy I’ve been testing)
Blend with 1c crushed ice for 10 seconds. Pour into a fun tiki mug.
Source: Grog Log Jeff Berry
If this drink were a cult, the orgeat and orange juice would be the two dark-garbed figures observing from above but causing mayhem with naught but a stare. The rum would form the inner circle while the leaders’ left and right hands – the brandy and Cointreau – issued orders to the willing slaves: the sweet and sour.
- Squeeze fresh orange juice – don’t question it.
- Sweet & sour = 2oz lime/lemon/combination juice + 2oz simple syrup. != store bought.
- The drink is far too sweet with such little rum. Up the two by 1/2oz each.
- The orgeat is important – adjust accordingly.
- This one is so sweet I chose to use triple sec rather than curacao. Which do you prefer?