This drink is from the 1930s and a creation of tiki grand master Don the Beachcomber. It uses Barbancourt rum from Haiti, and is named after the country’s capital. Barbancourt is a type of rum known as “rhum agricole”, which is French for “agricultural rum.” Agricoles are made directly from sugar cane juice, and typically form most of the rum made in the French and former French-ruled countries in the Caribbean. Rum from everywhere else is usually made from molasses, a by-product of sugar refinement. Barbancourt is excellent, but if it isn’t available then any other rhum agricole is fine.
- 1 oz Dark agricole rhum
- 1 oz Light rum
- 3/4 oz Falernum
- 3/4 oz Lime juice
- 1/2 oz Pineapple juice
- 1/4 oz Grenadine
Shake with ice, then strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
Rum aside, the flavours didn’t scream tiki to me, which makes this really interesting. This isn’t a sweet and bold tropical drink, and is only a little bit fruity. It’s slightly dry, light and refreshing, even delicate. It is definitely going to be a go-to for me on a summer’s day.