Pololu | Cocktail Party

Pololu

This fine drink comes from the pages of Beachbum Berry’s book Remixed, credited to bartender Craig Mrusek (a.k.a. Doctor Bamboo). The Pololu has all the elements we love in a tiki cocktail: unexpected base spirits, spice-dusted fresh mint, and elderflower liqueur (they don’t call it “bartender’s ketchup” for nothing!)

The original recipe as documented in Remixed was a little on the sweet side, so we’ve followed the recommendations of some our favorite cocktail writers and toned down the elderflower and apricot components a smidge. Our favorite drinks blog, Cocktail Virgin Slut, garnished theirs with a giant sprig of mint dusted with cinnamon, an addition we heartily recommend.

Originally, this was meant to be served as a blended drink – as Doctor Cocktail puts it: “Blend with 6oz crushed ice and pour into an angry tiki mug.” It’s fine blended, but we prefer strained over crushed ice for a more powerful flavor and aroma. It’s fun in a tiki mug, but it’s just as delicious served in a rocks glass – or even straight up, in a chilled cocktail glass.

Ingredients

Instructions

Vigorously shake all ingredients with ice – make sure the cream of coconut is well-mixed. Serve over crushed ice in a tiki mug or tall glass, or strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe.

Garnish with a bunch of mint or a pineapple leaf, and sprinkle ground cinnamon over the top.

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  • Pololu at Cocktail Virgin Slut
  • Tiki Tylenol, an adaptation of the Pololu by cocktail writer Doug Winship

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