A nightmare for cocktail app designers, a delight for cocktail drinkers, the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a is a rare specimen. It’s a gin-based tiki drink with a relatively short ingredient list for a drink of its type, but it’s perfectly balanced and eminently tropical.
We’d expect no less from self-professed “cocktail geek” Marco Dionysos of Smuggler’s Cove fame. If this is the sort of drink that gets you going, you’d be doing yourself a favor if you picked up the book it appears in – Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki. Ours is dog-eared, sticky with rum, and worth every penny.
Go nuts with the gin if you’ve got options – the more floral and fragrant, the better.
- 2 parts Gin
- ¾ part Lemon juice
- ¾ part Pineapple juice
- ½ part Orgeat
- 2 dashes Creole bitters or Aromatic bitters or Tiki bitters
Shake with crushed ice, and pour unstrained into a large glass. Garnish with cherries, pineapple, edible flowers – the works.
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- Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin Cate, where the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a recipe first appeared in print.
- @cocktailgeek is the drink’s inventor, Marco Dionysos.