I’m fresh off my first trip to the Caribbean and my immersion in rum–a liquor I’ve never really cared for. However, the tide has turned as I really enjoyed all the Dominican Republic rums & rum concoctions I sampled on my trip. Once I got back stateside, I went to my favorite watering hole, The Second Line, and decided to keep the rum party going. I bellied up to the bar, ordered my FAVORITE meal (the catfish with red beans & rice #yum) and decided to try this heavy rum laced drink called Tiki Time.
Now, I’ll be honest, I fully expected to NOT like this drink. I ordered it because (1) I wanted to continue my rum experience and (2) I have never had a bad drink at The Second Line. Never. And I was not disappointed. I love this rum concoction so much that it is my April cocktail of the month!
Tiki Time Background & Recipe
Bartender Sam was tasked with creating a delicious rum-based drink for the summer, so he decided to combine elements of a Zombie (apricot & orange) with a Mojito (lime & mint). He went into the lab, worked his magic, and out came the goodness that is Tiki Time. This drink is surprising refreshing and light. Very well balanced, the flavors play really well together and compliment each other. I love the freshness of it, I’m back on the beach while I sip it. And I’ll warn you now, this is the perfect summer drink, but it is not a light weight. This drink, with the exception of a bit of lime juice is 100% pure leaded. Enjoy responsibly, but enjoy it you will. 🙂
- Gosling Black Seal rum- 1.5 oz
- Ron Caldas rum- 2 oz
- Apricot liqueur 1/2 oz
- Velvet Falernum– 1/4 oz
- Lime juice- 1/2 oz
- Orange slices
- You start with 1/2 oz of lime juice in a glass, add in some orange slices and mint. Then muddle the heck out of it! I learned by watching Sam that I’ve been too gentle in my muddle technique. You have to really get in there, I was told. So get in there!
- Next add in the Velvet Falernum, the apricot liqueur, and the Ron Caldas and give it a good shake using a cocktail shaker.
- Once combined well, pour it over ice into a collins glass.
- Float the 1.5 oz of Goslings Black Seal on the top
- Add a cute blue mermaid to the side and enjoy!
Do yourself a favor, head over to The Second Line the next time you’re in Memphis, order up something delicious (you really can’t go wrong with the catfish and red beans & rice) and have Sam, or any of the talented bartenders, whip you up a Tiki Time. Be sure to tell them the Spirited Traveler sent ya!
Oh, and once you try it, come back here and drop me a comment with your impressions. There just may be something in it for those that do. 😉