The name Leap Frog, in no way sounds elegant. In fact it feels odd to even type that. Don’t blame me I did not name it. It’s from the middle of last century, point is, it’s excellent. Simple, elegant and excellent. Actually, by name alone I would have skipped this all together, but I was page flipping Intoxica, the second tiki book my the legendary tiki master Jeff “Beachbum” Barry and one thing caught my eye. A big pour of apricot brandy. Turns out that is all it took, I was hooked, I love brandy.
What is a Leap Frog?
I really don’t get the connection between this elegant cocktail and that name. Believe me it is really elegant, also not much like what most people think of as a fruity tiki cocktail. Gone are the big citrus flavors, the linebackers of pineapple and coconut. What replaces them is the delicate elegance of apricot, and a light rum. So nice. I recommend a really good apricot brandy, it’s going to be the primary flavor in the drink, I really like Marie Brizard Apry. While technically a cognac, we are splitting the hairs. Hairs of the dog. You will need grenadine too, not much, I have a great recipe here, or I put an amazon link below for my go to in a pinch.
So besides the name, the actual cocktail is stellar, it can be served in brandy flute, or over the rocks in a tiki glass. I used a Pearl Diver glass, which is a real thing, but really hard to get. If you can find them get them. (Amazon is currently sold out, try Bar Conic maybe) It is one of the most exotic glasses I know. With the oddball name Leap Frog I went as elegant as I could in presentation. Take care this is a impossibly delicious cocktail, but its got some hidden kick. You may leap frog sober and hop right to tipsy before you know it.
Marie Brizard Apry, Havana Club Anejo Clasico Gold Rum, Lime Juice, Grenadine
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Leap Frog Tiki Cocktail
Despite the name Leap Frog, this tiki cocktail it is really elegant, also not much like what most people think of as tiki.
- 1 1/2 oz Marie Brizard Apry (Apricot Brandy)
- 1 1/2 oz Havana Club Anejo Clasico Gold Rum (Light Puerto Rican, Cuban or St Croix rum)
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- 1 tsp Grenadine
Add all ingredients to a drink blinder or cocktail shaker with crushed ice.
Blend for no more than 5 seconds, or shake well.
Pour entire ingredients into glass.
Top with ice if necessary
Garnish with a palm umbrella, and cherry wrapped in a lime peel on a skewer.
Serve with a straw.