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New Tiki Drink: Plantation Coffee by Augustine Bar

New Tiki Drink: Plantation Coffee by Augustine Bar

Plantation Coffee from Augustine Bar
The Plantation Coffee is an original Tiki drink from a new young blogger named Matthew, an engineering student and bartender in Germany. Augustine-Bar has some things in common with other continental cocktail blogs: The English grammar is better than many American counterparts (says the reigning World Comma Splice Champion); He has an annoying tendency to use spirits such as Cuban rum or Giffard coffee liqueur that I can’t get here; And his blog is rife with Metric System quantities. But because Matthew is an engineer, he has had it drilled into him that there is no partial credit for unit conversion mistakes (isn’t that right, NASA?), so he has taken the unusual and very valuable extra step of adding a button to instantly convert his recipes back and forth from metric to imperial. He also throws out an appropriate song to listen to while enjoying his drinks. His blog has some great promise, and of course, I love him because he has embraced Tiki Month wholeheartedly.

Plantation Coffee uses pineapple juice and coffee liqueur, among other things, to modify the rums. It is not really to my taste (I make coffee, I don’t drink it), but the PeguWife has enjoyed very much the several I have made for her. I’ve modified the recipe I show below to account for what I have on hand, so be sure to click thru to Matthew’s site to see his original, and play with the cool “cl oz” buttons.

PLANTATION COFFEE

  • 1 overflowing oz. silver rum
  • 1 overflowing oz. good aged Jamaican rum
  • scant 1/2 oz. good coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • scant 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 dash Fee’s cranberry bitters
  • 1 dash Fee’s peach bitters

Shake well with ice, strain into mid-sized vessel with fresh ice. Garnish with an enhanced cherry.

I should explain/apologize for the bitters here. Matthew calls for Berlin Capital bitters, which I don’t have, or Fee’s plum, which I have but cannot find anywhere, damn its eyes.

The finished drink has great color, fits happily in most of my smaller Tiki mugs, and lets you taste the rum without feeling strong. It’s a good drink, and a fine modern Tiki example.


  1. JFL

    13 February

    Tasty looking drink! I have yet to find a coffee liqueur I’d mistake for good however so instead I generally rely on my homemade espresso syrup. I’ll give this a try.

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  2. Matthew

    13 February

    Thank you very much for your praise, Doug! I am aware that a lot of ingredients are difficult to get in the US, or you can’t find them at all. I try to name replacements in the future. But I tried this drink with various rums and it is very forgiving. I probably would use Cruzan white instead of the Cuban rum.

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    • Doug

      13 February

      I figured as much, since it isn’t that spirit-forward a cocktail. I used Mount Gay Eclipse Silver and Black Barrel. I’ve only got a finger left in my bottle of Appleton 12.

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  3. Matthew

    13 February

    You are right Mount Gay Silver is a good substitute for Cuban rum, it makes good mojitos, too. The reason why a lot of my recipes call for Appleton 12 is that for a while it was cheaper in Germany then the 8 year old, which I actually prefer.

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    25 April

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  6. L C Scott

    29 August

    Congratulations! Seems as if Matthew is having a lot of fun mixing the unique drinks and creating recipes. I enjoyed reading the article and look forward to some more. I am putting together a bar rental website http://newalbanyohiobars.ciajusa.com and would be interested in any comments you might have regarding the layout and what I might do to spruce it up somewhat. Again, thanks for the beautiful written article!

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