Sailor’s Delight

Red at Night Sailor's Delight

Tiki drinks come in all shapes and sizes. They’re easy to spot when they’re served in tiki mugs with elaborate, flaming garnishes, but there are more than a few stealth tiki drinks out there that will surprise you when you take a sip. The Sailor’s Delight falls into this category, since this bright pink cocktail – served in a (vintage) martini glass – certainly doesn’t look like your average tiki drink at first.

The cocktail is really bright, thanks to a blend of fresh lemon and lime juices, and has a subtle spice from our spiced syrup and Domain de Canton ginger liqueur. Raspberries give it some extra sweetness, and infuse the drink with a gorgeous pink color, while orgeat softens the berries with its creamy almond flavor. Even though there is a lot of flavor in here, the rum still comes through in every sip. We used Scarlet Ibis, a fabulous and full-bodied mixing rum that brings a complex set of flavors  into this cocktail, reaffirming its place as a tiki drink even if you’re still having your doubts after getting all the other ingredients together. If you don’t have any on hand, give it a try with a sweeter rum like Zaya or a mellower rum, like Appleton Estate X/V, that will enrich the fruity flavors of this drink without overpowering them.

Sailor’s Delight
2 fresh raspberries*
1 1/2 oz Scarlet Ibis Rum
3/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz spiced syrup
1/4 oz orgeat
1/4 oz Domain de Canton

Muddle raspberries in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add in all remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake vigorously.
Double strain into a a martini glass and garnish with fresh raspberries.

Serves 1.


*Although we used fresh berries, you can easily make this drink with frozen and defrosted raspberries, too.

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