Posted by TraderTiki on August 1st, 2008 — Posted in Rum, Tales 2008

During any Tales of the cocktail seminar or event could expect a few drinks in 2 ounce sample cups to be passed around, and eventually make its way down your gullet. On Thursday evening, during The Cocktail Hour, just about every drink made for or inspired by the event was made available, all in one room… right before the 4-5 full size drink Spirited Dinner.  I preferred to think of The Cocktail Hour as the “beginning of the end”, as it made for a wee-bit tipsy of an evening.

Now, do understand I’m biased both physiologically (I’m a non-taster, thanks Darcy) and socially (meet my friends) towards Tiki Drinks… that doesn’t mean I don’t love a damned well-done Brandy Crusta, Margarita, Corpse Reviver #2, or just about anything else out there.  But given a choice, I’ll tend to lean towards the Rum ‘n spices.

After a few sippy cups filled with drinks, some memorable for the right reasons, others maybe not (Jaeger pop-rocks, really Kevin?), this little number by Martin Cate of Forbidden Island had me coming back for rounds 4, 5, and blitzed.  I am announcing it here as my Trader Tiki Most Officially Excellent and Outstanding Original Drink for Tales of the Cocktail 2008, for whatever good that means.

I asked Martin about the origins of this drink, and in his typical fashion, you ask for a handshake and you get a walk in the park.

The origin of this drink comes from something Joy Spence, master blender at Appleton told me when I was touring the estate in Jamiaca with her.  We were trying some of what they call “wet sugar” at the refinery- it’s the first boil of the cane juice before the initial seperation of sugar and molasses. So it’s like molasses with all the sugar still in it- thick, and chunky with big sugar crystals.  She told me that in Jamaica they like to take the wet sugar and use it to make lemonade, with of course a big splash of rum in there.  So I took that idea, lengthed it with soda instead of water, and added a little St. Elizabeth’s for some Jamaican allspice flavor, mon. Combining molasses and simple comes pretty close to the taste of wet sugar.

It was a Diageo sponsored event, so I had to use their rum, but Pampero was a nice choice for this drink.  Originally, it would be Appleton Extra.  The name is a riff on Pampero- the Pampanito is a fish in South America, and also the name of the WWII submarine docked in San Francisco.

Here is the recipe, corrected from the Tales recipe card… when creativity and branding clash, there are no clear winners.



1 1/2 oz Pampero Aniversario
1/2 oz Mild (aka first boil) Unsulfured Molasses
1/2 oz Simple Syrup (2:1)
1/4 oz St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
Dash Angostura Bitters
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 1/2 Charged Water

Shake and strain into ice-filled Collins Glass

I wasn’t quite sure about the shaking and straining, as Rum and Allspice tend to need quite a bit more watering down, and with the molasses there to bind things up (plus, I saw Martin doing this at the event), I slapped that pappy in the ol’ DRINKMASTER and gave it a whirl.  It is a fine drink, with the rich molasses providing one hell of a backnote to the rum, lemon and allspice.  This one goes down smooth with almost no resistance whatsoever.  With the use of molasses in early rum drinks (Bombo, Black Stripe) to make them more palatable, I can see that this stuff will be getting much better use in my home bar.

A note on the use of molasses.  I tend to be keep my jiggers away from anything over a 2:1 simple, and will usually use a barspoon to measure items like molasses, coconut cream, orgeat, or any of the other super-sticky stuff out there.  I have only a makeshift wet bar (bottled water and a bucket), so cleaning such stuff out tends to be more difficult on a jigger, with its rough angles.  Yes, I do clean my jiggers between drinks, quickly and quietly.  Got a better method for removing goo from bartools?  Let me know!

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Comment by Ouroboros

That was one hell of a drink. Beautiful flavor.

On the home bar front, a pumphead and a plastic gallon jug might stand-in for a faucet (also sending the water out with a little pressure).

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 9:32 am

Comment by Darcy

Always happy to bring people into the realm of reality. Non-tasters are people too.

Your bitters are on my very long “too do list”. Cheers

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Comment by eas

Hey T.T. - Having fun with your bitters.

I’m having fun with variations on the recipe above. Molasses is one big story of tough love. I want to do more, but then veer towards other forms of sugar. try that recipe with some jaggery or maple too.

See y’all soon again in Portand…

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 7:04 pm

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