January 22, 2016

Mr. Bali High

You can't mix rum, pineapple and coffee without acknowledging the classic Mr. Bali Hai.

But I have made a lighter, longer alternative and since it contains caffein I thought Mr. Bali High and appropriate name.

It takes a little work ahead of the cocktail hour to mix this, but both the coffee shrub and the pineapple syrup can be used for other purposes and is well worth the work.

I used the coffee shrub in my version of a White Russian and it's the same batch, it keeps amazingly well. You finde the recipe here.

For the pineapple syrup i reduced 2 dl fresh pineapplejuice to 1 dl and then added 1 dl sugar. I used simple white sugar but a light muscovado would be nice too.

Once the syrup and shrub is ready it's a really easy highball to put together and I think it would be really easy to batch it and the add the tonic when serving to a larger crowd.

  • 1,5 cl coffee shrub - recipe above
  • 1,5 cl pineapple syrup - ditto
  • 3 cl fresh pineapple juice
  • 6 cl golden rum - I used Appleton Signature Blend
  • 8 cl tonic - do spend the money on good stuff like Fever Tree or Fentiman
Add the first four ingredients to a shaker and shake for about 10 seconds. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice and add the tonic - serve with straws.

Also this drink works really well without the rum - if you want a non-alcoholic alternative for a party. Might not be suitable for kids because of the coffee shrub.

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