It's weird when your interests collide in unexpected ways. I eagerly funded the MST3K revival on Kickstarter since it is one of my absolute favorite television shows. When they got to the rewards and decided that the "coffee mug" would be a ceramic moon in the style of a coconut mug I changed my order from 1 to 4. While I work on a new recipe suitable for the revived MST3K, I elected to revisit one of my older recipes to test out this new vessel. The Coco Nui is a riff on the venerable Nui Nui, taking elements from the original and making them into something new. You can hear the full story in episode 32 of 5 Minutes of Rum. Watch out for snakes!
"Luckily, bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert was always waiting in his white apron, shaker in hand and cocktail glasses lined up on the dark wood bar.
A good bartender knows the right way to greet a thirsty customer."
El Floridita in Cuba turns 200 years old this year. Hell of a run for a bar. Constante was its most famous bartender.
The Expedition, a recipe from Martin Cate from Martin and Rebecca Cate's Smuggler's Cove book. Per the book, the inspiration for this recipe was the travels of Donn Beach. This results in an amalgamation of rum, bourbon, coffee liqueur, spiced syrups, citrus, and seltzer. Does it all come together? Are you really asking that question? The Kuhiko tiki mug designed by Crazy Al Evans.
Another recipe from Beachbum Berry Remixed, Jeff Berry writes that the Noa Noa was a riff on the Queen's Park Swizzle. Consider me a fan on the source as well as this revision. Though the Queen's Park Swizzle would also traditionally contain several healthy dashes of Angostura bitters, the remainder of the ingredient list is pretty much identical. I recall this not being a very popular drink for those drinking through the Grog Log at the Tonga Hut in Los Angeles, but I’m not sure why. It’s a keeper to me and a fine highlight for Demerara rum - Hamilton 86 in this case.