Tiki Time with the Hooch Swizzle
"What if you had driven all that way and Florida was closed?"
"Uh - they don't close Florida."
Apparently they do. Many of the fun parts, at least.
So we will forego the beach trip until things loosen up, and we'll just loosen things up here with some tiki drinks. We had not really deeply explored the tiki drink culture until we can across the sweet tiki glasses styled after the 30's tiki trend. We love these - they are heavier than you would think and the style is super funky and cool.
Tiki drinks will be our summer hobby, because the glasses are awesome and some of the things happening in the tiki revival are pretty out there. We're working on a riff of the pisco sour but with a tiki sensibility. Will have that recipe out there in a couple of weeks when the ingredients are "ready". Yes, two week prep, stay tuned.
Until then, a simple concoction with readily available summer ingredients shall suffice.
Hooch is our long-time friend in New Orleans and big supporter of the site, and has asked for a cocktail with watermelon sporting the famous nickname. This is the Hooch Swizzle - hope you enjoy it.
The Hooch Swizzle
Place 2 nice chunks of watermelon in a shaker and smash it with a muddler to a juicy pulp.
Add to the juice and pulp;
2 parts Dark Rum, we use Mount Gay.
1 part Lime Juice
3/4 part Aperol
1/2 part Spiced Simple Syrup
2-3 dashes Orange Bitters
2-3 dashes Angostura or Peychaud's bitters.
Add ice and shake vigorously, strain over fresh ice into a funky glass.
Garnish with Orange, Lime, Watermelon and mint, if available. Or anything else you can think of.
Spiced Simple Syrup
1 3/4 cups water
1/2 cup turbinado or other raw sugar
1 cup cane sugar
1 2" Cinnamon stick
2 whole Allspice
2 whole Cloves
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
Bring to a boil and simmer for 7-10 minutes.
Kill heat and let cool to room temperature.
Bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.