OK full disclosure, I’m genuinely and highly surprised when I realize how many people still think that a daiquiri is a frozen strawberry drink overly sweet made with cheap, artificially made fructose syrup. While we’re at it, I get a little confused when I get a request for any other concoction that suffered from the dark age of cocktails. Any Tiki cocktails are good examples for that. Am I facing one that knows or not? Or will he return what I consider to be the proper recipe because he’s expecting a diabetes crisis mix? It’s always a guess and I try to keep in mind that people don’t come at the bar to be schooled. They come to have fun so I don’t take it too seriously. But between us, let’s clarify something, Tiki drinks suffered a lot in the past but they are GREAT and should be the exact opposite of artificial, unbalanced or dated!
The process of clarifying drinks may sound like a new trend or like another innovation from modern mixologists to make cocktail making yet more complicated but it’s not. Some writing track clarified punch recipes from as far as the early 18th century. Even Benjamin Franklin had a recipe of his own. While some say that clarifying a punch with milk was to make it easier to digest, we can say for sure that such process changes massively the flavours of said punch. The acidity from the citrus and strength of alcohol become smoother while the mouthfeel gets pleasantly silky.
Enter the Legacy! That’s what 3 of my friends will try to do this Tuesday in Miami during the Bacardi Legacy national finals, one of the most prestigious cocktail competitions in the world. For the past few months, waiting for the live national finals, every regional finalist been trying to spread their cocktail as much as they could in order to make of their creation, the next Bacardi modern classic cocktail.