Winter is a thrilling time to be a Tiki fan, because it’s when citrus is at it’s freshest. All manner of tasty yet rarely seen delights begin to pop up on your grocers shelves ready to be juiced, infused, or pureed. Perhaps the most exciting for cocktails come in the form of white grapefruit and blood oranges. So to celebrate the joy we feel during citrus season we decided to create a punch for the occasion.
Ho`oilo (pronounced huh-OH-ee-low) is the Hawaiian word for winter. However -unlike us mainland dopes- they aren’t shoveling snow or shivering in line for a movie. Still a hearty rum punch can fortify you and help you think warm. We used Batavia Arrack for it’s funk, but this drink is also nice with Diplomatico Blanco or a white fresh cane pressed rum. We chose not to use our delicious Lemon Hart 151 however because we wanted those fresh citrus flavors to shine like stars. It is vital you not attempt to substitute ruby red grapefruits for their delicious and divine white cousins. In our humble opinion alone we’d rather use bottled 100% white grapefruit juice in cocktails than fresh ruby red. White grapefruit simply adds so much in aroma and flavor. Blood oranges are delicious but if your worried of it’s garnet juice staining your counter tops you might want to lay a towel out first.
¾ oz El Dorado 5 year
½ oz Cruzan 151
½ oz Batavia Arrack
¼ oz Solerno
½ oz fresh white grapefruit juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh blood orange
½ oz cinnamon syrup
dash Bitterman’s Elemakule bitters
Shake together with ice and pour into a tall chimney glass. Garnish with a blood orange wheel and a sprig of mint.
Aromas of tart bitter blood orange peel marry with cinnamon, molasses, and subtle smoke. Rum and spice swim to the forefront with rubbery funky notes from the Arrack. The Javanese rum funk marries well with the sweet burnt sugar notes from the demerera and overproof rums. Cinnamon joins them before the flavor explodes into rich, bitter, sour, citrus notes from the blood orange and grapefruit. This sour slightly bitter melody lingers into an island spice laden finish. This tart, spice filled, mildly bitter potion is perfect for the winter, and will make a blood orange lover out of you for sure.
What ways are you enjoying citrus this month? Let us know below, and until next time…
“You get hammered America” – JFL