Featured Recipe: Jack Sparrow
As the infamous Jack Sparrow once said, “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.” This week’s cocktail, named in honor of our beloved pirate captain, certainly proves the wisdom of this saying.
Originally created by Autumn’s father, Lars Skinner (a.k.a. “Mad Max”), the Jack Sparrow is a tiki cocktail worth its weight in treasure. It incorporates the unique flavors of Brinley Gold “Shipwreck” mango rum, bold dark rum, citrus, and effervescence - making it all too easy to find yourself looking at the bottom of an empty glass wondering, “why is the rum always gone?”
It goes without saying that this drink is best enjoyed while sailing the Seven Seas in search of cursed Aztec Gold (or watching Pirates of the Caribbean, if you find yourself without The Pearl).
The following post provides the necessary ingredients and steps for making this drink at home. Let us know what you think in the comments — cheers!
Glassware: Zombie glass or Footed Pilsner
Combine all ingredients (minus the club soda) in a cocktail shaker, and shake with ice for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass with cubed ice, and top with 3 oz club soda and a dash of orange bitters.
Garnish with a lime wedge (or a lime "island" with a planted pirate flag).
Wayward Spirits Rating:
Overall Score - 5
The Jack Sparrow is a tiki breakthrough hiding in plain sight. It is so smooth that it drinks like an adult soda, with the quintessential tropical flavor of mango and citrus, followed by a healthy dose of rum.
This cocktail is delicious, easy to make, and a great alternative to juice-based cocktails that all taste the same.
Pop on your favorite Pirates movie and give it a try! You may just find that it gives you the courage to fend off that pesky Kraken...
Hey there fellow tikiphiles - Happy New Year! Cheers to the prospect of a more adventurous (but less eventful) 2021. Hopefully this will be the year where we overcome some of the hardships and heartaches we have all faced over the past year, and get the chance to get out and see the world (safely and ideally with a tiki drink in hand).
But before we leave the holiday season in the rear-view mirror, we wanted to share a modern twist on an old classic: the Better Frosted Coconut Blitz. We found the original recipe for this drink online, and it called for coconut flavored vodka (yuck), so we made some much needed improvements.
The Wayward Spirits version of the frosted coconut blitz incorporates some of the more tried-and-true tiki favors and ingredients: lime, coconut cream and rum, cinnamon, dry curaçao, and aged blended rum. If you’re looking for a festive holiday drink that tastes like a lighter (yet more complex) version of a piña colada, this may be the drink you’ve been looking for.
The following post provides the necessary ingredients and steps for making this drink at home. Let us know what you think in the comments - cheers!
Glassware: Any Glass
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake with ice for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass with crushed ice, and add 3 dashes of Angostura bitters (optional).
Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg and sprig of mint.
Wayward Spirits Rating:
Overall Score - 4.5
The Wayward Spirits Better Frosted Coconut Blitz is a vast improvement from the original recipe (which included coconut flavored vodka, triple sec, and heavy cream - ew).
This cocktail is delicious, easy to make, and a great alternative to a piña colada (plus far fewer calories - for those of you like me who are attempting a healthier 2021).
Give it a try, and let us know what you think in the comments!