I think it is about time, with all this Tiki-blogging, to try to contribute something original. So here I go, throwing caution to the wind and risking ridicule by advancing a fresh drink of my own creation.
Casting about for inspiration, I found myself grinning at the most un-tropical, un-pacific ingredient in my home: A bottle of Swedish lingonberry juice I bought at Ikea recently. Since counter-intuitive is just what I do, I set out to create a Scandinavian Tiki drink, in honor of my favorite Viking Tiki Wench. And since I was going all Scandi here, I also wanted to employ an offering from the Liquor Fairy I got a while back and never reviewed, Krogstad Aquavit. Aquavit is Scandinavian, but Krogstad is not. It’s made in Portland, OR, by the same folks who give us the magnificent Aviation Gin.
Now, both lingonberry and aquavit take a little getting used to for the American palate (or my palate at least), so I wanted a drink where both would be parts in an ensemble, rather than flavor-forward. When you talk Tiki and ensemble, my first thought goes to the marvelously, infinitely variable Zombie. And when you talk Scandinavian zombies, you mean the Draugr.
- 1 part Krogstad Aquavit
- 1 part Appleton 12 year old
- 1 part Lemon Hart demerara rum
- 1 part Mount Gay Eclipse Silver
- 1 part fresh lime juice
- 1 part lingonberry syrup
- 1/2 part unsweetened pineapple juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with cracked or small ice. shake briefly and pour into a jeweled chalice looted from a medieval British abbey or monastery. (A crystal snifter or Tiki vessel will do) Garnish with something creepy, like the rambutan fruit shown above.
A product of the fevered inventiveness of the Pegu Blog Laboratories.