Monday, May 4, 2009

Cinco de Moai


According to the ads in the local free weekly paper, I’m supposed to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo somewhere that offers both Tequila and Mexican beer in colossal quantities for very reasonable prices. As appealing as I find stock photos of bikini-clad women with sombreros Photoshopped on them, I decided to ignore them and the ads they populate in favor of other diversions.

Diversion #1 was spending a chunk of Saturday afternoon watching the Kentucky Derby and some of the pre-race hype on TV. I don’t know squat about horses or why they like to run in circles, but it gave me an excuse to brush up on my Mint Julep technique.

Diversion #2 was using the Bourbon I had leftover from Diversion #1 to continue tinkering with a recipe I’ve been playing with for awhile. It’s a tiki-style concoction that features a conspicuous lack of rum*, but still (to me anyway) has the requisite “tiki taste.“

Bluegrass Blowgun

1.5 oz. Bourbon (I used Bulleit)
.75 oz. Agwa de Bolivia coca leaf liqueur
2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
.25 oz. cinnamon syrup
¼ tsp. Absinthe
2 dashes Angostura orange bitters

Shake with ice and strain into ice-filled double old-fashioned glass.** Garnish with orange wheel and any other tiki-themed paraphernalia that looks fun.

The secret weapon here is the Agwa, and I think it’s something that should be in every tiki drink enthusiast’s arsenal. It’s got a distinctive flavor- mellow, herbal, somewhat sweet, and with a borderline medicinal snap. It’s pleasing on it’s own, but it mixes so well it’s too much fun to not experiment with. Mr. Bali Hai over at Eye of the Goof apparently thought so too.

So even though I eschewed the fiesta crowd this year, I still think I should get some credit. Tiki drinks are technically south-of-the-border, right?

* I love rum…but I seem to have become enamored of rum-less tiki drinks lately.

** For bonus points, double the recipe and dump it into a Moai-shaped mug!


Chris said...

South of the border is the way I like it.

Anonymous said...

apparently they remove the cocaine after distillation of the agwa. seems like a missed opportunity to me.

Kaiser Penguin said...


I must acquire some of this. After tasting it, and it's foul delightfulness, I can't be without it!

Dr. Bamboo said...

Chris- I appreciate your ambiguity.

JtB- Hmmmmm...tiki drinks + cocaine. THERE'S food for thought. ;-)

Rick- It probably could be put in the "novelty liquor" category, but it just goes so damn well in tiki-style drinks.

Unknown said...

I'm glad to see that all my hard work in taking photos of random bottles at the liquor store and then emailing to say "hey, you wanna hit this?" paid off.


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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link, Doc. Here are a couple of my more recent experiments with AGWA:

Juan Ho
Divine Nectar of the Xtabay