October 1, 2008

Hair of the Mongoose

Filed under: Drinks,Tiki — Humuhumu @ 9:38 pm
Mongoose chase the Cobra's Fang away!
Mongoose chase the Cobra’s Fang away!

I adore breakfast drinks. No, I haven’t finally become so-far-gone a rummy that I’m starting my day with the stuff, but every now and then there’s nothing quite as refreshing (and restoring) as a nice brunch cocktail. A little hair of the dog that bit me.

It occurred to me a short while ago that I’d never heard of a rum-based brunch cocktail. I’d definitely not encountered a tropical-skewing breakfast drink — the closest I’d seen are the Port & Starboard Light drinks, which call for scotch and bourbon, respectively. At tiki events, the morning-after cocktail of choice has generally been a Ramos Gin Fizz (a personal favorite, thanks to Martin Cate) or a Bloody Mary (which I’ve always struggled to get excited about). It’s high time us tikiphiles had a morning drink of our own, a little Hair of the Mongoose.

Hair of the Mongoose
Hair of the Mongoose

Hair of the Mongoose

1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1/4 oz passion fruit syrup (thanks, Flannestads!)
1/4 oz Licor 43
1/2 oz Clement Creole Shrubb
1-1/2 oz Clement Premiere Canne rum
1 oz half-and-half
1 egg white

Shake without any ice to get the egg white emulsified, then shake again with ice. Pour into a tiki or bamboo mug, and top with:

1-1/2 oz ginger beer (I use Cock-n-Bull)

Add ice to the mug to fill, if necessary. Grate fresh ginger root over the top.

This is my first real attempt at coming up with a cocktail on my own, and I’m pretty darned pleased with it (and freshly impressed with others who do this on a regular basis). Ginger is a common home remedy to ease tummy-aches, and I think the grassy elements in the Clement Premiere Canne make this something that tastes a little more crisp than your typical tropical. If you can’t find the Clement Premiere Canne (but really do try), stick to a crisp, silver Martinique rum. This drink is a sort of distant cousin to the Ramos Gin Fizz, with a definite tropical leaning. I hope you’ll find that it will put right the sins of the night before, rather than revisit them.

Mongoose chase the Cobra’s Fang away!

A few weeks after concocting this little beast, my friend Erik posted an old rum-based breakfast drink on his blog, appropriately named the Eye Opener Cocktail. (Erik is working his way through the entire Savoy Cocktail Book; dinners at his house are a treat on many levels, and he has spoiled me rotten with his cocktailian ways.) It uses an egg yolk rather than the more common egg white, and it sounds delish. I can’t wait to try one.

8 Responses to “Hair of the Mongoose”

  1. Craig Hermann Says:

    The Hair of the Mongoose sounds truly delish. Let’s hear it for the Clement! I can’t wait for Saturday Breakfast now.

  2. Humuhumu Says:

    Hooray for Clement! Mahalo nui loa for introducing me to the Premiere Canne, Craig, it was a natural for my tiki brunch dreams. Let me know what you think of the drink!

  3. erik_flannestad Says:

    Wow, thanks for the shout out.

    Hey, we haven’t seen you for ages. What’s up with that?

    Really, we aren’t holding any grudges about that corned beef jello mold!

  4. Humuhumu Says:

    I know, it’s totally redonk! We’re long overdue. I vote for an egg-drink-a-thon at either Chez Trott or Flannestad Manor. Trott’s next recipe in the Joy of Cooking is another eggnog. Salmonellapalooza!

  5. Blair, aka Trader Tiki Says:

    Excellent idea Humu!

    and the Licor 43 love continues… someone really ought to tell them they’re big in the Tiki scene.

  6. Humuhumu Says:

    I call Licor 43 “Tiki Drink Spackle” — it patches over the rough spots in just about any tiki drink.

  7. Pages tagged "ramos gin fizz" Says:

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  8. Sonia the big dog blogger Says:

    Sounds delicious! I’ll have to keep this bookmarked for the next time I wake up thinking “Why….”

    Also – “typical tropical” sounds like a lot of fun to say. (It’s the simple things :)

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