January 31, 2018

Espresso Bongo


I have really wanted a Tiki bar for quite som time. It's nok gonna happen in my tiny house, but I can dream and build one from lego. Which is what I did today and then I decided to celebrate it's grand opening with a drink I have been craving since I mixed the Karmic Alarm Clock a couple of days ago: An Espresso Bongo.

It is a drink created by the the worlds most knowledgeable expert on Tiki cocktails, Jeff Berry also known as Beachbum Berry.

According to this recipe he had always wanted to name a cocktail after the 1959 film Expresso Bongo and got his break through when he mixed espresso, fruit juice and rum.

I have tinkered a little with the recipe - I know it's almost sacrilege - mainly because I seldom have passion fruit juice or nectar but I do have a commercial passion fruit syrup which is as sweet as simple syrup.

Also I simply wanted to make the recipe easier to remember - for seconds.

So I suggest you try the original if you have fresh passion fruit and only revert to my take if you have to use passion fruit syrup.

  • 6 cl golden rum - I used Mount Gay
  • 1.5 cl orange juice
  • 1.5 cl lime juice
  • 1.5 cl pineapple juice
  • 1.5 cl cold espresso 
  • 1.5 cl passion fruit syrup - I used Giffard
Add all ingredients to a shaker, fill it with ice, shake and then cocktail and ice into a low glass. Garnish with a Lego tiki bar - or what ever floats your drink.

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