Every good horror tale has something of a story of lust and love, what is it about carnality that also breeds fear? Tiki was no stranger to this, and indeed often featured elements of danger and deeds most reviled. So shall we this month as October becomes a month of Danger Tiki. But every good tale of woe must have a beginning, and the sweet kiss of a maiden.
Imagine if you will a man of God washed up on the heathen shores of some far east isle. Hearing the drums and the cawing of the jungle birds that fly like flowers of the sky he begins to lose his cares. There he spies the maiden, half naked and sunning by the lagoon, his puritan walls begin to weaken. Then when she takes him to his hut offering up a sweet smelling potion, what will befall him? Is it merely his downfall to meet the stewpot, or to damn his very soul?
And so this innocent Maiden’s potion, sweet and minty with only the freshest fruit and the brightest white rum, can bring corruption. It’s worth it though I assure you.
I had drug my feet when making the Downfall originally. It seemed like so much more effort, but once you get the prep work done it’s truly a simple thing, and generous in serving size. Moreso it’s excellent, truly excellent and nearly impossible to share as the Rumdood will tell. This drink of Donn Beach came at a time when Farm to Glass wasn’t the buzzword it is nowadays in the community. No in truth Donn as usual was well ahead of his time in insisting on fresh ingredients. For this drink you will need a blender and a generous proportion of mint. I recommend having a few mint plants on your back porch. Even with my hatred of gardening I find they really do grow like weeds. Just make sure they have room to grow and root. Well let’s press the button and get one going.
1 oz White Rum
½ oz Peach Brandy
1 oz Honey Mix (1 part honey into one part boiling water, cooled and bottled)
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
¼ cup Fresh diced Pineapple
¼ cup Tightly packed fresh mint
¾ cup crushed ice
Blend on high for 20 seconds, pour into a large coupe glass. You could pour it into two smaller ones but I won’t share. Garnish with the tip of a mint sprig
As I said it’s the prep that can slow things down. To break it up if I’m having a party I’ll make sure to have a whole pineapple prediced in the fridge. Having some washed prepackaged proportions of mint also helps out. It really speeds things up so the only thing that slows you is the occasional blender clean.
Downfall spread, and became a must have at any of the Tiki Meccas. Tiki Ti and the Mai Kai some of the last bastions of Tiki drinking both have a version. The Mai Kai’s seems like more of a Dessert tipple which isn’t a bad thing. The Rumdood has a stripped down pineapple free version that compares to Tiki Ti’s drink. This version comes from Donn Beach and of course my favorite book Remixed by Jeff Berry.
And so beget the Missionary’s Downfall, but what comes next to the tormented soul? Grip your drinks tightly brave adventurer’s for the mystery’s of the dark isle have only just begun. Sip the maiden’s potion and think on this as the night winds howl.
Until next time, You Get Hammered America – JFL