Behold the Vicious Virgin, No.2! Virginia (if I may call her that) illustrates three things about Tiki drinks.
First, just because a drink is blue, doesn’t mean it is bad. The somewhat sinister aquamarine of this cocktail is fully in keeping with its name and its character. Like so many cocktail ingredients, Blue Curaçao isn’t evil, what people sometimes do with it is.
Second, tequila really is an appropriate liquor to use in Tiki. I’ve largely avoided it in previous Tiki Months because, well, the Pinky Gonzalez never called me to make it again, and Margaritas are not, never have been, and never will be Tiki drinks, no matter how many of them joints like Cheeseburger in Paradise put on their “Tiki Bar Menus“. But the PeguWife has been ordering a lot of tequila-based cocktails when out on the town lately, so I thought I’d give a second look at tequila in Tiki.
Lastly, awesome names like Vicious Virgin make it worth ordering almost any drink at least once. And when the awesome name is attached to a good drink like this one, it makes repeat ordering all the better.
- 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/2 oz. BG Reynolds’ Orgeat
- 1/4 oz. blue curaçao
- 3/4 oz. light rum
- 3/4 oz. white tequila
Combine in a shaker with ice and shake to chill. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with something extravagant. (Double strain if you are using Blair’s orgeat as I suggest.)
I first noticed this drink in a thread on TikiCentral. I recommend reading it because it shows that the current incarnation of Don the Beachcomber’s still goes to the trouble of making secret mixes that they don’t even share with their own bartenders, just like Donn did in the old days. Tradition rules.
As for how good this drink is… The PeguWife views the my endless parade of new, weird drinks in Februarys with (usually) good-natured tolerance. She polished off two of these babies and pondered another. The Vicious Virgin goes in the rotation for whenever there is grapefruit juice, Tiki Month or not.