Remixed Recipes: The Ancient Mariner, and friend!

You know unless your a true tropinut like myself you might not think of tiki drinks as a year round affair. Personally I scoff at the notion, but I can understand why the hum of the blender may wane as temperatures drop. Fortunately today we have a cocktail that transcends all seasons.

Who created such a marvel of Mixology?

Donn Beach? No but it does smack of his work.

Trader Vic then? No but it was born of an attempt to clone one of his drinks.

No it was actually the author of Beachbum Remixed Jeff Berry himself! Me and my bro both agree that during his years of research he clearly learned a thing or to himself. Let me tell you man this drink has a magic blend that keeps you coming back. Grapefruit, and allspice marry so well there should be a spice mixture named after it. The rums provide all the backbone but the citrus and spice play key rolls in forming the body.

So lets mix up a couple, after all I can’t make mariners without someone wanting one to…

Ancient Mariner

¾ oz Fresh Lime

½ oz White Grapefruit (Fresh is better but I have a hard time finding them, No subbing ruby here!)

½ oz Simple Syrup

¼ oz Pimento Liqueur (Allspice Dram, we like St. Elizabeth)

1 oz Demerera Rum

1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (As much as we may love Smith & Cross; Myers and Appleton Extra are called for here)

Garnish: Scored lime wedge and Mint Sprig

Shake with tons of crushed ice and pour unstrained into a double old fashioned glass.

Sadly, we were out of lime wedges but they are easy to make especially is you have a citrus zester with 5 holes. Just take a whole lime and do one long cut around the center, and then starting at one of the top line, cut more rows of lines vertically as even as you can until you have a great design. You can see the way they should look on page 97 of Beachbum Remixed by Jeff Berry. Try your hand at them, they impress party guests every time.

Now we love this drink, but instantly my best friend and I both had the same thought. Why keep it simple? Why not use some other syrups to take it up even higher. Our choices married quite well in the swap out and even gave it a neat crimson color.

Scarlet Sabre

¾ oz Fresh Lime

½ oz White Grapefruit (Fresh is better but I have a hard time finding them, No subbing ruby here!)

¼ oz Pomegranate Syrup

¼ oz Cinnamon Syrup

¼ oz Pimento Liqueur (Allspice Dram, we like St. Elizabeth)

1 oz Demerera Rum

1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (As much as we may love Smith & Cross; Myers and Appleton Extra are called for here)

Garnish: Mint Sprig and a brandied cherry

Shake with tons of crushed ice and pour unstrained into a double old fashioned glass.

It’s always fun to swap out ingredients in your favorite recipes. It’s an easy way to make it your own and lets face it dive bars have been doing it to the Long Island Ice Tea formula for decades. If your making a lot for party guests you can combine a small portion of equal parts allspice dram, cinnamon syrup, and pomegranate syrup in a small squeeze bottle and keep it in the fridge. Just make sure you don’t make to much. I’d want to use it all up in a night.

So don’t be afraid of Tiki as the weather cools! Wherever there’s rum there’s warmth.

You Get Hammered America! -JFL

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About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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