Pefecting Tiki

Ingredients for Tiki Cocktails

File today in the “good day at work” folder. I styled a shoot for a classic tiki cocktail known as the Captain’s Grog. While I wouldn’t classify myself as a tiki fan, mainly because I hate sugary drinks, I DO have a taste for the tropics so I was excited to take on this challenge.

The verdict: this drink is dangerous. As in, I could drink A LOT more than I should. There’s an abundance of fresh citrus, and the sweetness comes from maple syrup, which added a nice caramely depth to the drink. Important to note, I didn’t have any Falernum syrup* lying around (who does?!?!), so after some Googling I made my own by combining lime juice, lime zest, cloves, allspice, vanilla bean, fresh ginger, almond extract, and simple syrup. It was delicious and now I know why a recipe might call for Falernum and more importantly why I should have some in the house—though my homemade version was pretty top notch.

Try making this cocktail. I guarantee one will make you feel better. (Two will make you feel like you’re on vacation. And three will make you feel like a movie star on vacation [just before you pass out]). Summer is just around the corner folks, I can taste it!

Tiki Classic the Captain's Grog // Footbridge to the Feast

The Captain’s Grog

  • 1 oz. Myer’s dark rum
  • 1 oz. light Puerto Rican rum
  • 1 oz. gold Puerto Rican rum
  • 0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • 0.5 oz fresh orange juice
  • 0.5 oz maple syrup
  • 0.5 oz falernum
  • 0.5 oz orange liqueur
  • 3 drops vanilla extract
  • 3 drops almond extract
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Grapefruit wedge for garnish

1. In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all ingredients except for soda water.

2. Shake and then strain into a chilled double rocks glass.  Top with soda water, then stir.

*Falernum (pronounced fah-learn-um) is a sweet syrup used in Caribbean and tropical drinks. It contains flavors of almond, ginger and/or cloves, and lime, and sometimes vanilla or allspice. (Thank you, Wiki)

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