Tiki Drink: Tropical Morn

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Tropical Morn comes from a drink called simply the Coffee-Pineapple Daiquiri by Tiare of A Mountain of Crushed Ice, and modified to fit my available ingredients and my wife’s tastes. Tiare dashed this little ditty off as part of her review of St. Aubin rums, which I (of course) can’t get here, in this case their coffee-flavored rum. But since I have managed to acquire a bottle of Brinely Gold’s Shipwreck Coffee, which is the only such rum currently available in the US, I thought this would be a good starting spot for experimenting.

Taking her recipe and simply substituting the Shipwreck and my very strong demerara syrup resulted in a drink with a great profile, but one that was a bit too sweet for my tastes. I personally don’t like coffee, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is not a coffee bomb. In fact, it is not immediately obvious it is a coffee drink at all. The java and the pineapple sorta merge together to result in the elusively undefinable flavors of a good Tiki drink, in this case a sort of soft, novel spice. It is similar in character but not flavor to vanilla.

But the sweetness detracted from the concoction, so I backed off the quarter ounce of syrup still further, and punched up the lime just a bit to make the citrus element a little more identifiable. Then I gave it a name, since Tiare neglected to do so. The result is a difficult balancing act to make, but a worthwhile drink that is distinct from the crowd while still undeniably Tiki.

TROPICAL MORN

  • 2 oz. Shipwreck Coffee Rum
  • 1 oz. fresh pressed pineapple juice, unstrained
  • 3.4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • splash of 2:1 demerara syrup

Combine ingredients and shake with small ice. Pour unstrained in a small Tiki mug or lowball glass. Top with fresh ice. Garnish with a pineapple leaf construct.

(This post was edited after publication because it had the wrong frigging picture!)


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  1. Tiare

    2 February

    What a nice take on my Coffee-Pineapple Daiquiri (and yes it has that name 🙂 i compared the recipes and i think despite the slight differences in the amount of syrup and lime and a bit diff ingredients the outcome might be quite similar. Mine was not sweet but since the St Aubin coffee rum is an agricole the flavor of it is of course different.

    Great the Tiki week is back! i have missed it, now i`ll look forward to every post you make!

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  2. Tiare

    2 February

    btw i forgot to say, i really like that garnish with the bamboo straw contrasting the orange color of the drink.

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  3. JFL

    2 February

    Sometimes the Simplest things are the most lovely. I Really love Coffee in Tiki. Coffee and Citrus are just brilliant bedfellows. I’ve never seen the rum in question but I look forward to the rest of this month sir!

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  4. Scott

    6 February

    I love the combination of coffee and pineapple and this sounds simple and delicious. I do, however, assume that it’s supposed to be 3/4 oz of lime juice and not 3.4 oz? Me thinks my mouth would never un-pucker…Cheers!

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