You may have noticed that tiki drinks are having quite a moment, I certainly have. Usually I try not to get swept up in fads. Sometimes though, I can’t help but go with the current. I’ll admit that I am a sucker for strong, citrusy cocktails & kitsch: ridiculous glasses, themed bars, an excuse for a party – it all sounds good to me. Not to mention I have fond (if fuzzy) associations with the annual Thursday night kick-off of the Dragon*Con weekend at Atlanta’s Trader Vic’s. All that being said, I figured I’d try my hand at the fad of updating classic Tiki cocktails. Thus, the Navy Frog.
The old school drink was basically just light rum, dark rum, demerara syrup, lime juice, & water. Nothing fancy, definitely pirate-y, does the trick. I’ve seen a few updated versions using honey & various citrus juices & my fig infused gin (with its smooth, sweet, ever so slightly darker flavor) was whispering to mix with rum. So here we go, an updated Navy Grog: strong, refreshing, & begging to get rowdy.
2 oz Fig infused New Amsterdam Gin
1 oz light rum
¾ oz lime juice
¼ oz lemon juice
barspoon of Honey
6 d tiki bitters
Passionfruit La Croix*
In a shaker tin combine honey, lime & lemon juice. Stir together to “melt” honey into the juice. Add fig gin, rum, & ice to tin & shake hard to combine. Fill a “tiki” glass (or rocks glass) with crushed ice, top ice with tiki bitters, & strain drink over crushed ice. Top with a heavy splash of passion-fruit La Croix. *Any soda water will do, but the subtle tartness of the passionfruit really gives this drink an extra kick.