The Best Year is a 70s tiki cocktail that would have languished in obscurity, had it not been rescued and reformulated by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, the world’s foremost tropical cocktail historian.
The original recipe was an award-winning creation from Valerio “Bobby” Batugo, a Filipino boxer who came to California in the 20s and established a half-century legacy of mixological masterpieces. Beachbum Berry found the old recipe and reworked the specs to appeal to modern tastes, adding a small measure of aquavit to cut the vodka base and add a barely-perceptible herbal note.
If you don’t have blue curaçao on hand, you can use orange curaçao (or triple sec, or orange shrubb), with a drop or two of blue food dye added.
- 2 parts Vodka
- ¾ part Vanilla liqueur
- ¾ part Blue curaçao or Orange curaçao or Triple sec or Shrubb
- ¼ part Aquavit
- 3 parts Pineapple juice
- ½ part Lime cordial
- ¼ part Lime juice
Blend all ingredients with crushed ice on high speed for 30 seconds – or just shake all ingredients with ice, if you prefer. Pour into a tall glass and top with more crushed ice. Garnish with fresh pineapple and lime twists.
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