I’m a whiskey girl through and through so when I’m called to stray into another category of cocktail, I usually translate something I love with elements of the new category, and that’s what I’m doing with this Tiki Boulevardier.
The usual elements have all been transformed here – the Campari is infused with pineapple, instead of whiskey, we’re using rum, and instead of sweet vermouth, a banana liqueur to die for. What’s amazing to me in this combination is that even though Campari has a strong bitter element, it let’s the pineapple shine through in the cocktail. And the Campari is toned down by the banana liqueur. I could easily become a tiki convert if all the cocktails played with bitter elements like this. Long live the Tiki Boulevardier!
It still needed a little oomph, so I added a barspoon of St. Elizabeth’s allspice. But what brought it together were the Chinese Five Spice bitters that were magnificent in the cocktail. It tied in the bitter notes of the Campari with the sweet notes of the banana and gave the cocktail a little kick!
For those of you curious about the other recipes in the Quarantine Series, I’ll put them here before you skim past to get to the recipe. We had Quarantine Highball week (Highball Whiskey Spritz and a That’s No Moon Lavender Orange Highball, It Ain’t All Sunhine and Peaches, Petals to the Metal Hibiscus Highball and a Root Beer Highball. ) Quarantine Donut cocktails (Maple Caramel Long John, Pecan Sticky Bun cocktail and Blueberry Cake Donut, Boston Cream Cocktail and Apple Fritter Cocktail). Quarantine Juleps, (Breakfast Julep, the Pineapple Sage Rum Julep, Elvis Julep (peanut butter-banana), Root Beer Float Julep, and the Persian Julep (rose-apricot) ). Quarantine Old Fashioneds (Breakfast Wakey Wakey, Smoke and Spice, Home School, Taco Truck, and Campari/Bitter Lessons ). Quarantine Manhattans (Balanced Perfection (Perfect Manhattan), Coffee Manhattan, Chocolate Ginger Manhattan, French Quarter Manhattan, and the Caramel Orange Manhattan.) Quarantine Whiskey Sours (Blackberry Sunset, Whiskey Tiki, Blue Mood Orange, Ya Basic, and Peach Rosemary). Quarantine Smashes (Whiskey Smash, Blackberry Sage Smash, Pineapple Tiki Smash, Strawberry Basil Smash and the Coffee Cherry Smash.)
Boulevardier of Tiki Dreams
- 1 oz pineapple infused Campari**
- 1 oz Giffard's Banane du Bresil
- 1.5 oz dark rum
- 1 barspoon St Elizabeth’s Allspice dram
- 2 dashes Chinese Five Spice bitters
- Garnish: Pineapple slice/wheel and mint
- Combine Campari, banana liqueur, dark rum, allspice dram and bitters in a mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until well-combined and chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a decorative rocks glass or tiki glass filled with large ice cubes. Garnish with pineapple and mint.
Cut two rounds of pineapple into chunks and place in a mason jar with 1.5 cups of Campari. Let steep 2 days in a fridge. Strain and store in the refrigerator.