I sent out a request on our Facebook Fan Page and on Twitter for suggestions for this week’s Tiki Cocktail. I got some great ones (thank you all) but this drink seemed to win out over the rest, probably because of the luscious photo I posted.
Somewhere around 1934 our old pal Trader Vic Bergeron concocted a frozen drink that not only tasted great, it looked fantastic. This double-layered cocktail was dubbed
The Molokai Mike
and was served in a special glass to emphasize its unique color combination. (The glasses are difficult to find; an old fashioned glass or hurricane glass can work too.)
The trick is in getting the consistency of the frozen-ness just perfect. Blend the bottom layer quick, just enough to get it nice and thick. Blend the top layer more thoroughly and you’ll get the layers perfect. Here’s the recipe:
For the Bottom Layer:
- 1 oz. light rum
- 1 oz. orange juice
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. brandy
- 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
Blend ingredients in a blender on pulse for 1-2 seconds. Any more will make the mix too watery. Pour it into the glass and get moving on part two.
For the Top Layer:
- 1 oz. gold or dark rum
- 1 oz. grenadine
- 1 oz. crushed ice
Blend it up in the swirler for about 15 seconds, until it’s nice and smoooth. Pour it (take it easy!) over the bottom layer. Garnish with some fruit and a Chinese paper umbrella. (You didn’t know they were Chinese?) Sit back, put on your shades and enjoy yourself.
-Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk.