By Josh Pugh

Head Mixologist NJAC

 

Summer is coming and the 80’s are back! We have seen a huge increase in demand for 80’s cocktails this year, and we couldn’t be happier. We’re talking Daiquiri, Sex on the Beach, Piña Colada, Mojito even the Blue Hawaii! Some may roll their eyes at the return of the hurricane glass or perhaps fear a resurgence from the sparklers, but others will be excited by the nostalgia of the sunshine cocktails.

Regardless of the stigma attached to these drinks, it is our job to listen to demand and alter the ingredients to modern taste, and ensure our high standard. Any cocktail has the potential to be as delicious and discerning as the Martini and Manhattan, but the base of the cocktail must be a solid one. This is exactly what we found when we were asked to create a Piña Colada for a Caribbean-style wedding this summer. The base of this cocktail is typically Caribbean; citrus juice, rum and a whole lot of ice! Pineapple juice adds the perfect level of sugar to balance the lime juice, and the coconut cream lowers the acidity which is uncomfortably high.

The second cocktail is really going to get the discerning cocktail connoisseurs up in arms and screaming sacrilege! But as mentioned before, if a cocktail has a good base, we can turn it into something delicious, and the Bahama Mama has exactly that. Yes, you may recognise the name from the all-inclusive cocktail list, yes it is bright red and yes it is tacky, but trust me, this drink is a must have in the sunshine!

Piña Colada

25ml Havana Club Rum 3 Year Old

25ml Havana Club Rum 7 Year Old

50ml Coconut Cream

25ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

50ml Eager Pineapple Juice

Cubed and Crushed Ice

 

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Add all non-alcoholic ingredients. Pour both alcoholic ingredients. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Fill your hurricane or wine glass with crushed ice. Strain your drink into the glass. Garnish elegantly with a simple lime. Enjoy you smooth, creamy, exotic cocktail.

 

 

Bahama Mama

25ml Appleton Estate Rum V/X

25ml Havana Club Rum 3 Year Old

25ml Koko Kanu Liqueur

3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

50ml Orange Juice

35ml Pineapple Juice

25ml Grenadine Syrup

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Add Orange Juice and Pineapple Juice. Pour all alcoholic ingredients. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Fill a large glass (preferably Hurricane) with crushed ice. Strain your drink into the glass. Drizzle the Grenadine over the drink. Garnish elegantly with a pineapple wedge. Enjoy your sweet and punchy Caribbean classic.

 

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