Don the Beachcomber Zombie
For an island nation, we sure don’t pay a lot of attention to Tiki drinks. Right that oversight with this rendition of Tiki standby, the Zombie. Tiki rum potion, apricot brandy, pineapple, bitters and passion fruit are given a good shake, then poured into a tall glass. Ready yourself for a high impact showpiece: a brown sugar cube and drop of absinthe are added to the sweet amber mix, which is flamed before serving.
$27 from Tippling Club.
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Fans of Ernest Hemingway will appreciate this tart but well-balanced rum-based short number with Maraschino, pink grapefruit and lime. It’s accompanied by a paper airplane folded from a page out of the novel which inspired it. Remove the paper clip and imbibe the pale pink libation to feel like a literary genius.
$21 from The Cufflink Club.
The ingredient list for this understated drink may be the simplest of the bunch but it doesn’t compromise on flavor. A clean hit of French Caribbean rhum agricole (rum made from sugar cane juice rather than the usual molasses) and tangy freshly squeezed lime are tamed by a spoonful of sugar and a handful of ice cubes for an utterly refreshing glassful. It’s the perfect antidote to a hot day.
$16 from Balzac Brasserie.