Lotus came over to find out what the fuss was all about. She smiled, then poured a Coke in a glass, put a cherry in it and handed it to me. I was relieved to taste something sweet, familiar and comforting. But it wasn't so much the Coke, or even the cherry. It was the glass. I had a BIG PERSON glass. It was the same glass everyone else was drinking from. And that was all I needed.
Forty years later, I find myself poring through a box of Lotus's cookbooks. Amidst the hardcover books, paperbacks and file folders full of hand-scribbled recipes on loose leaf paper, envelopes, napkins and even paper bags, I spy a small, spiral-bound notebook. Inside, I find a virtual compendium of every Polynesian cocktail ever made! In Lotus's unmistakable hand, each recipe had been painstakingly written out. I knew I had to make one of these for this challenge. I chose the Siboney Cocktail, a version of the classic Daiquiri, but close to the classic Hurricane. Lotus was always one to do things a little different and I think she would enjoy this lesser-known underdog of Tiki cocktail lore.
And yes, the glass is one of the pretty glasses she often used. I can just hear her saying "Cheers, toots!"
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce passion fruit nectar
3 ounce Myer's Dark Rum
Lemon wedge, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, pour lemon juice, pineapple juice, passion fruit nectar and rum. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon wedge.
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