Friday, March 28, 2014

Overproof Cocktails

     When I think about an overproof cocktail, the Hurricane or Zombie come to mind.  These are two of the time proven classic cocktails that were based on  overproof rums.   Like I said yesterday, the overproof  rums are the most flavorful aged rums around, because the barrel aged flavor is not lost to the dilution. 

     Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic were masters of the use of overproof rums like Demerara Overproof rums like Lemon Hart 151.   Many of their classic tiki era cocktails were based on the these fine and flavorful rums to bring out the wonderful flavors that made the great cocktails of the era.   

   Here is one idea you might try in order to understand all of the flavor that is gained by the use of overproof rums in your everyday cocktails.  Be warned, these are very good tasting, but one is generally enough.  Overproof means that it does pack a real punch.

Bahama Bob's Holy Terror

·          1 oz. Plantation Trinidad Overproof

·          1 oz. Rhum Barbancourt Pango

·          1 oz. Brinley's Gold Shipwreck Coconut Rum

·          ½ oz. Taylor's Velvet Falernum

·          1oz. Sour Mix

·          1 ½ oz. Barritt’s Ginger Beer
      Place all of the ingredients except the ginger beer in a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled, Strain into an ice filled 16 oz. tumbler and top up with Barritt's Ginger Beer.  Garnish with an orange zest.