Tiki cocktails can sometimes be overwhelming – five kinds of rum, a float of flamed Demerara, twelve types of fruit juices, etc. We love ’em, of course, but occasionally we do meet a drinker who says those sorts of over-the-top kitchen-sink tropical monstrosities just don’t do it for them.
That’s when we turn to the simple magic of the Penang Afrididi, a classic Don the Beachcomber recipe from the late 1930s. The light and amber rums are straightforward and easy-to-drink, and the rest of the flavor comes from a big, vibrant bouquet of citrus juice and passion fruit syrup, along with a few drops of absinthe. It’s still a tiki drink, but it’s fairly streamlined as tiki drinks go.
We’ve made many converts to the Tiki Side with the Penang Afrididi – it’s virtually impossible not to love.
- 1½ parts Aged rum
- 1½ parts Light rum
- ½ part Orange juice
- ½ part Pineapple juice
- ½ part Passion fruit syrup
- ¼ part Lime juice
- 6 drops Absinthe or Anise liqueur
Blend all ingredients with a glassful of ice, adding more ice if needed. Serve in a tall glass with a spring of mint, citrus slices, a cherry, or all of the above.
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- Tiki Nightcap of the… Night: Penang Afrididi discussion on /r/cocktails