MxMo OJ: Tropi-cure what ails Me

Well it’s MxMo time again and this one barely got done. Blame it on being a bit under the weather, but luckily DJ Hawaiian Shirt from Spirited Remix has me drinking my Orange Juice for this MxMo. I guess there are some detractors to orange juice in the cocktail world. I don’t run into them in my circles, however I seem to have read some suspender snapping ponces railing against the tasty juice. You may not see OJ a lot in classic cocktails, but it’s common in Tiki. Hey finally an easy one!

remixmo_final1Alright so before I got sick this drink was mostly done, unfortunately booze and a stomach flu don’t mix well. I have to say I really adore oranges. I have the fondest memories of Sunkist orange soda and cheesy 50’s scifi on cable as a kid. Heck even when there is an option of candy I tend to go for the orange flavor. The juice itself is healthy, colorful, and smells great. The peel is packed with flavor as well, but it’s not really our focus here. I wanted to add some spices, but really let that fresh flavor show through. I think the funk of the Barbancourt is really cool in this drink and several variations on it I made. Enough blathering though, here’s one to your health.

Tropicure (1)
Tropi-cure
1 oz El Dorado 12 year
1 oz Barbancourt White
1 oz fresh orange juice (Gotta be fresh on this one)
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
¼ oz Allspice Dram
tsp Benedictine
dash Bittermen’s orange cream citrate

Shake ingredients together and pour into a hurricane glass unstrained. Garnish with an orange wheel and straw.

The Benedictine and allspice provide a nice contrasting nose to the orange peel. There’s a warmth to this drink. Not the burn of alcohol, but the soft greeting of mellow spices and the lightly tangy refreshment of the fresh orange juice. The rums provide lots of depth in the background with funk and rich smokey molasses. White Agricole and aged Demerara are actually a decent pair. This will cure your rainy day blues, but not your stomach flu. Sometimes I get decent results from quality bottled orange juice. Especially when it’s a minor element. This is not one of those times, you gotta get to juicing.

Well this was a really fun MxMo theme. I even made an orange peel syrup I didn’t get to use. Rest assured you’ll get to see that soon. Thanks again to our host and until next time…

“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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