Tradewinds the Delirious Imbibers Drink Of the Week
The Tradewinds Cocktail is this weeks home work for the Delirious Bitter Imbibers cocktail society. Mike picked this one out, it’s a pretty traditional tiki in all the best ways. Two great rums, apricot, coconut, and lemon juice. Then throw a little grated nutmeg on to it and that is a recipe for a very good tiki cocktail. The coconut is Coco Lopez, or “Cream of Coconut” If you are not familiar its so delicious I swear I could drink an entire can. I put some links below. It’s the same stuff that makes a Pina Colada, Chi Chi and Pain Killer so bloody good.
You will find another great advantage the Tradewinds has over many tikis is it really easy to make. By using a swizzle stick and some crushed ice you can make it in the glass. Similarly, if you don’t have a swizzle stick, a blender will do. But for the price, I recommend a swizzle stick, it’s significantly easier to clean. That is also linked below.
My go to method to make great crushed ice is a Lewis bag. An old school bit of technology which is a canvas bag and a mallet. Seriously, no joke, it’s fun and as you can guess really crushes ice well. I did make a blended version as well, it was just as tasty. Simply put all the ingredients in the drink blender with crushed ice and blend for 5 seconds.
Here Are the Basic Cocktail Deets
Source: Anders Ericson (youtube)
Creator: Unknown, Appears in Jeff “Beachbum” Berry Remixed,
Ingredients: Dark Rum, Light Rum, Apricot Liqueur, Cream of Coconut, Lemon Juice
Tradewinds Tasting Notes and Feedback
This is a full tiki, it has a rich and amazing flavor. We can tell you this would be a crowd pleaser, if you have a pool party this should be on the cocktail list. The strong sweet coconut cream is off set with the apricot and dark rum, really a wonderful drink. This is a cocktail that remined us of summer beaches and sunny afternoons. Take care, its carries the strength of a classic tiki, three ounces of alcohol is a nice kick off to the afternoon.
“Very nice cocktail. Light and refreshing but boozy. Like a citrusy Pina Colada. Like a Pina and a Painkiller had a baby. Made four of them for the family. Definitely a crowd pleaser. I did Havana Club Rum and split Meyers Dark Rum and Smith and Cross rum. I think most people associate pineapple, coconut, and citrus with the tropics. But the spices are the key to differentiate these drinks from all others. Nutmeg, allspice, falernum, orgeat and angostura. these are the head turners, the difference makers.
“It’s a great simple tiki drink. Refreshing. There’s something about nutmeg in a cocktail that takes me to the tropics. Not a lot of tiki’s [I make] call for coconut or pineapple. Citrus mainly, and these strange spice ingredients. I like both Tradewinds and a Painkiller, they are similar but the Tradewinds is not quite a thick.
“This is a great tiki, such a classic flavor. I really like the Tradewinds. However, I did not have apricot liqueur but I used Marie Brizard Apry, which is an apricot cognac. This made it a strong quaff, but it was really nice just the same. For the dark rum I went with the Rhum Barbancort 8, and a clean white Puerto Rican Rum, Havana Club. These two made a nice rum blend here. I recommend it, Tradewinds is worth a try. My second try was Appleton Select Jamaican Rum and Flor de Cana Extra Seco Honduran Rum. was also very good, I blended this one. Same as a swizzle little more clean up.”
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Tradewinds is a tiki cocktail in all the best ways. Two great rums, apricot, coconut, and lemon juice. Also very simple to make!
- 1 oz Dark Rum
- 1 oz Light Rum
- 1 oz of Apricot Liqueur
- 1 oz Coco Lopez Coconut Cream
- 1 oz Lemon Juice
- Grated nutmeg on top
Build all ingredients in a tiki mug or Collins glass.
Add swizzle stick and enough crushed ice to fill the glass.
Spin the stick back and forth between the palms of your hands, as if you were starting a fire with a stick.
move the stick up and down in the glass, allowing drink to mix and aerate.
Do this for about 10-15 seconds and a froth forms on top of the glass.
Fill remaining volume with ice.
Grate fresh nutmeg on top.
Garnish with pineapple fronds, and an inside out cocktail umbrella.
Serve with a straw.
I did make a blended version as well, it was just as tasty. Simply put all the ingredients in the drink blender with crushed ice and blend for 5 seconds.