Kona Cocktail

  • Base Spirit Rum
  • Preparation Blended
  • Flavor Refreshing / Citrusy
  • Served Blended
By Donn Beach, circa 1937.
Source: Like every other recipe in this chapter, this is an unpublished “lost” drink from Dick Santiago’s personal notebook, and is maddeningly short on details (see original notebook recipe on this page). We left it out of the 2007 edition of Sippin’ because we were unsure we’d cracked Dick’s “notes-to-self” shorthand. While positive that “Markeza” was Donn’s code-word for passion fruit syrup (see page TK), even today we’re still guessing at how to assemble the drink: liquefy the pineapple in a blender, or muddle it in a shaker? We went with the blender because Donn made almost all his drinks that way. But the honey tended to cling to the bottom of the blender, rendering the drink too tart. Ten years later we’ve taken the liberty of switching to honey mix — which Donn used in almost all his drinks containing honey — and offer this version to you now.
Recipe and accompanying text from the new BBB book, “Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Safari:  10th Anniversary Expanded Edition
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Kona Cocktail
  1. Put everything in a blender. Blend at high speed for 20 seconds, or until pineapple has liquefied.
  2. Strain through a medium-mesh wire sieve into a cocktail glass, agitating as you strain to force through as much liquid as possible.

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