Mixology Monday

When I first laid hands on a bottle of St. Germain, causabon dropped by. We tried out a few of the cocktails that had popped up at the time, but the thing that seemed most interesting was when causabon noted that it reminded him of passion fruit syrup. That little fact fell by the wayside until today, when he and I were trying to decide what to do for Mixology Monday, hosted this week over at Trader Tiki, which may just have the coolest banner in all of cocktail blogging.

The theme this month is rum, and causabon has been on a tiki kick that, somewhat to my surprise, lasted through a bitter Minnesota winter. He tried to demure at first, it’s finals and he was busy, but the lure of a rum theme proved too much. He was over in about half an hour.

After some talk of a Hurricane variant with St. Germain subbed for the passion fruit syrup, things branched off in another direction, and we ended up with this:

Pollen Island

Pollen Island

1 oz. Martinique Rum
1/2 oz. Light Rum (Cruzan)
1/4 oz. 151 Rum (Cruzan)
1/2 oz. St. Germain
1 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
3/4 oz. Pussers Rum

Shake everything but the Pussers with one cup of crushed ice and pour into a tall glass. Top with another half cup or so of crushed ice and float the Pussers on top. Garnish with a lime wheel.

St. Germain has a way of rolling over flavors, but it takes a backseat here. It’s in there, but you have to watch for it. At the end of the drink the Pussers comes in to lend a nice robust, maybe slightly woody flavor.

Note: I should note, as I just got credited at Trader Tiki for the creation of this drink, that causabon was by far more critical to its creation. He has an ability to intuit rum combinations that I cannot match.