Episode 47: Cana Brava

5 Minutes of Rum episode 47: Cana Brava rum from Panama, Trader Vic’s and communal drinks, an example of one of those drinks - the Scorpion Bowl - and an original cocktail called The Bitter Sting. Oh and fire.

Inside label on Cana Brava

In the show I didn't reference the white wine from the punch. That's the element of punch that lengthens the punch (similar to water or tea, but in this case also adding a small amount of alohol and sweetness).

Scorpion Bowl (Trader Vic’s)
6 oz orange juice
4 oz lemon juice
1 1/2 oz orgeat
6 oz light Puerto Rican rum (Cana Brava)
1 oz brandy
2 cups crushed ice

Combine everything in a blender. Blend or 10 seconds and pour into a scorpion bowl (or other communal bowl). Add some larger ice cubes if needed to keep the drink chilled. Use long drink straws for each guest. Trader Vic’s version is garnished with fresh gardenia. If you choose to add a fire chamber and ignite, be very careful, keep your guests away while you work, and make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby. I can’t say it enough - be careful. Serves 2-4 people.

The Bitter Sting
1 oz light Puerto Rican rum (Cana Brava)
1 oz brandy (Christian Brothers)
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 oz orange juice (fresh if practical)
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz orange curaçao (Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao)
2 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

Shake with ice cubes in a shaking tin. Pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass or a small tiki bowl. Serve with a piece of dark chocolate.