The Demerara Cocktail

Demerara Cocktail Lemon Hart Rum
Not every Tiki drink is a Zombie. Not every one has four liquors, five juices, crushed ice, a need for a blender and a wild vessel, and a hard to find or produce garnish. Some are simply classic-style cocktails that are nonetheless somehow ineffably Tiki.
Today’s Tiki drink is such a beast: The Demerara Cocktail.


  • 2 parts Lemon Hart Demerara Rum
  • 1 part gold or dark rum (according to your taste)
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 part passion fruit nectar
  • 1/8 part simple syrup

Well and truly shake all ingredients with lots of ice, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish or not, as the extend of your Tiki (or non-Tiki) mood takes you.

This is Maggi’s and my top new drink of Tiki Month so far. On the face of it, it is essentially a Rum Sour. But a Tiki drink it is folks. Have a sip, and you’ll sense the volcano gods rumbling in the background. I’ve been fiddling with this bottle of Lemon Hart for a while now, without hitting upon a real great use for it. But its unique twang, in combination with the very Tiki ingredient, passion fruit, will sting the back of your jaw and leave you open to thoughts of warm Pacific breezes.
The real beauty of this drink is how un-Tiki it is in production. The only fresh produce you need are limes, and preparation is no different from a Sidecar or a Pegu. Serve this up to your friend the umbrella-phobe when you are in a mood to make a convert. And frankly, it is a great drink whether you are in a Tiki mode or not.
This one goes into the regular rotation around here.
As for the rest of you, my cocktail-blogging friends, where are you on this drink? The only mention I can find of this sip anywhere on the web is by Darcy who wrote about it in 2007, while under the influence of Beachbum Berry’s Tales lecture. It is also to be found in the iPhone App, Tiki+icon, as well as in the Utter Tiki essential, Sippin’ Safari.


  1. Nate

    12 February

    I’m assuming, but just to clarify, are you using Lemon Hart 80˚ For this? Any idea what a comparable El Dorado would be? 12? 15? I only have the LH 151˚ myself.
    Sounds wonderful, I think I’ll hunt down some passion fruit nectar this weekend to try it, thanks!

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  2. Doug

    12 February

    Yes, the 80 proof. I can’t get either the 151 or the El Dorado where I am, so I can’t say. All I ca say is that the more “Demerara-y” the better I would think.

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