Adventures in tiki cocktails: recipe number one in Tiki Drinks by Adam Rocke. The Acapulco cocktail- rum, triple sec, lime, sugar, and egg white.
I’m not really big on New Year’s resolutions. However, this January I was flipping through Adam Rocke’s Tiki Cocktails recipe book that someone had given us as a tiki bar warming gift, and decided that our New Year’s resolution for 2017 should be to make all the tiki cocktails in the book and blog about them.
There are 60+ cocktails in the book, so I’m not sure that getting through them all in one year is realistic, but the journey of 60 cocktails begins with one drink, right? Right. And with the non-stop political horror show going on this year, I feel like this is a good resolution for 2017.
Cocktail #1 was the Acapulco cocktail. Seemed easy enough, although I’m always a little sketched out by drinks that have egg whites in them. We gave it a shot.
For the egg whites, I bought Egg Beaters pasteurized egg whites in lieu of fresh egg whites as I am afraid of salmonella. I doubled the ingredients so that we could each try one, adding them all to the martini shaker and shaking with ice.
1.5 oz. white rum
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 egg white (or three tablespoons Egg Beaters egg whites)
Mint leaf for garnish
The egg whites created such a froth that they oozed out of the sides of the shaker top a bit. The result was a frothy, opaque drink.
I would describe the Acapulco cocktail as the bastard love child of a Mojito and an Orange Julius. A bit more citrus than a traditional Mojito, and the creamy frothiness of an Orange Julius. I thought the mint was just a garnish to make it pretty, but it really added to the experience as you smelled it as you drank. It gave a nice mint essence without being a strong flavor.
Paddy and I both liked it. I don’t think I would go out of my way to make it again or order it in a bar–I’m still not a huge fan of egg whites in cocktails. However if someone made an Acapulco cocktail for me or wanted me to make them, I would definitely drink it again.