We journey back to the dark isles this beautiful season to take shelter from the beating monsoons. We’ve left our Maiden and her Man of God, to follow the path of the jungle. And as the storm rages on shelter must be taken, but what lost souls torment this abandoned longhouse? A bracing draught must be taken to avoid the damnation that those that have gone before would visit upon intruders.
And so is concocted the Haunted Hut, a twist on a daiquiri for a palate most dry. Sometimes you can get away when subbing rums, however this drink calls for two very specific brands. Substitutions might not only bring Tiki wrath, but terrifying taste. Luckily they are both affordable and somewhat easy to find. Brugal Extra Dry is a bone dry Dominican rum with notes of dry honeycomb, flowers and perhaps dried figs. The second is Campari which every home bar should have for Negroni’s, Jungle Bird’s, and upset stomachs. The bitter aperitif packs color and a pleasing bitter flavor, it’s an acquired taste that is worth the effort to acquire.
2 oz Brugal White rum
½ oz Campari
½ oz cinnamon syrup
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz fresh orange juice
Shake ingredients and strain into a coupe with an orange slice.
I tried a dash of a few different bitters in a few different tests, but they all threw off the balance. It might be worth trying Bitterman’s Emakule or Degroff’s Allspice bitters. Still it doesn’t really need it, this drink is awesome on it’s own. Cinnamon Syrup and Campari go hand and hand together so well and Brugal gives this a tremendous backbone. Campari is as always a favorite of cocktail bloggers and cocktailians. Even though my family still makes the Campari face I love it. It’s very refreshing and it makes this drink a wonderful afternoon pick me up.
So ends this wing of our journey, and you’ve survived to drink another day. Mix up a few Haunted Hut’s and we’ll scare up some more terrifying tipples next time.
“You get Hammered America!” – JFL