Black Stripe

Posted by TraderTiki on October 3rd, 2007 — Posted in Hot Ones, Rum

Looking outside today, the weather is certainly ripe for some nice winter warmers, at least for my thin skin.

This afternoon, there was the sad attempt at a Blue Blazer.  Yes, though some may find it frightening, I am willing to risk setting the house on fire for a good old-timey drink.  Flips and Blazers for all!  I’ll get this right eventually, just have to get the right mugs.

One thing I certainly got right was a nice selection from Trader Vic’s book of Food and Drink, signed by Trader Vic hisself.  It always brings a bit of a chuckle to me, to think that he had to sit and sign some sap’s copy for the umpteenth time, forcing a smile as he considered concocting the next Mai Tai, or where to open the next Trader Vic’s location.  Maybe he had a good story about his wooden leg to tell the person.  Well, either way, I got the man’s name in ink and I’m damned happy to have both it and the book it’s attached to.

Looking for a nice hot drink to complement the warm weather, I found, very conveniently, a whole chapter devoted to Hot Ones.  Sitting like a beacon is the first recipe, the Black Stripe.  There are two variations to the Black Stripe, one with Honey, the other with Molasses.  Like Vic, I prefer the honey version myself.  It takes a few more trips to the spice cabinet, but is well worth it.

Black Stripe, Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drink, p. 109

  • 2 Cherries
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • Hot Water
  • 1 oz. Rum
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Lemon Peel

Crush the two cherries at the bottom of a warmed mug.  Add water and honey, stir.  Add Rum and Spices, garnish with Lemon Peel.

Not just good, but damned good.  I used Luxardo Cherries and Myers’ Dark Rum.  I’m not a huge fan of the Myer’s dark as once I was, but it certainly lets the drinker know that this drink contains RUM.  The Cherries and Rum are a unique and fantastic combination, dark and sweet, no wonder it’s called Black.  Don’t use those Imitation Maraschinos, gotta go real deal.  Maybe Bing Cherries would work, but definitely something dark and sweet.  There’s also a Jamaica Cherry, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen one in any local stores.

Yes, there will be quite a bit of “junk” in the bottom of your mug, so prep your teeth for some good filtering.

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Comment by iraK

The original black stripe had crushed passion fruit in it.

Posted on October 11, 2008 at 5:54 pm

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