I was in Maui last month, and not long after I returned — like, 45 minutes — I started missing the island life. The cool breezes. The coconut candy. The sunsets. And the adult beverages.
Well, I wouldn’t allow myself to forget island life. So I decided to create a rum-based cocktail full of fruity flavors that reminded me of Maui. A friend dubbed it “the Nostalgic Hawaiian,” and I think that fits. It’s a great summer refresher.
1.5 oz. Havana Club Anejo Clasico Puerto Rican rum
1/4 oz. Creme de cassis
2 oz. lilikoi (passion fruit) juice
1/2 oz. mango nectar
1/4 oz. Coco Lopez
Fresh strawberries, de-stemmed
Making it: Combine all the ingredients in (plus a splash of cherry juice) a blender with ice. Pulse a few times to blend and froth. Strain into a coupe or margarita glass rimmed with sugar (optional). Garnish with cherries or other fruits.