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.
- 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.