At the 2012 Tiki Oasis event, Smuggler’s Cove author Martin Cate led a seminar in which participants were given ingredients and taught how to structure their own brand-new tiki creations. Table Eleven were the winners, mixing up a lovely rum, citrus, and apricot drink they called the Golden Gun.
The rum categories in Smuggler’s Cove are a little more granular than ours; in the book, the rum is split evenly between “blended aged rum” and “blended lightly aged rum.” You can split the base as directed, or choose your favorite aged rum that isn’t too dark; the wood and molasses flavors of a darker rum will overshadow the delicate interplay of apricot, lime, and grapefruit.
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled tall glass. Martin Cate doesn’t specify a garnish, but we like it with slices of lime and grapefruit.
- Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin Cate