"Tantos años tardó en cruzar el mar..."
Some time ago while perusing the Flickr group Exotic Cocktails and Tiki Mugs I came across Mr Bali Hai's Tortuga. It intrigued me. Unfortunatley once I set sail I was turned away by the acrid smoke of the lime zest cannons. Overzealous garnishing and my fault entirely I'm sure. Recently, bravely, I set sail again.
Under the convenient flag of the blood orange Captain Vermouth and First Mate Grenadine sail their three masted lime hulled ship. They are a worthy match to the guns of Bergeron and San Felipe. Unfortunately their vessel is ultimately sunk in the rough waters of the crushed ice sea, but they survive. An uneasy peace is achieved. Blood oranges and cocoa are consumed in hesitant celebration. But the Cpt remains on the qui vive for more guns.
Rather than the double 151 cannons and full ounce of vermouth of the Grog Log I went with the recipe from The CocktailDB. It went something like this:
0.5 oz orange juice
0.5 oz lime juice
0.5 oz Meyer lemon juice
0.75 oz (homemade) Herbes de Provence Huckleberry Vermouth
1 oz Brugal 151
1 oz Trader Vic's Silver Rum
0.5 oz Meaghers Triple Sec
0.5 oz grenadine
0.5 oz Bols Creme de Cacao (white)
Shake with ice. Strain in to a candy dish of crushed ice. Garnish with a ship.
Is a red wine-based sweet vermouth a good sub for the huckleberry one?
Thanks! someone has to make crazy garnishes these days...
I'd say red/sweet vermouth is a good choice. This was a sort of make-do-with-what-you've-got cocktail but by all means do it up right when you make yours.
Seriously. That looks like a fun one.