Earlier in the month Martin and Rebecca Cate published Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki. I had a copy ordered months ahead and am delighted to see that my favorite Cate Classic, The Naked Ape, was included with a great back story. Get a copy and dive in to the world of rum and tiki.
A rich home-made cinnamon syrup is always on hand for combination with lemons from the tree, banana liqueur, and a cabinet of rums to create variations. Below is one of my favorites:
The Hairy Gorilla
1 1/2 ounce Kōloa Kaua'i Dark
1/2 ounce Ministry of Rum Hamilton 151 Overproof Demerara Rum
1/2 ounce Giffard Banane du Bresil.
1/2 ounce cinnamon syrup - make your own. 2:1 sugar to water and 6" of good cinnamon per cup of water.
3/4 ounce lemon juice
2 squirts Bittermens 'Elemakule Tiki Cocktail Bitters
Garnish - Chocolate Mint with a slap is key. Add additional joy to taste.