This drink is inspired by my son Matt who is having the same rum drink today at our favorite spot in the Bahamas. His alumni group is enjoying the warm sun at Blue Bar on Pink Sands Beach on Harbor Island.

This is the island where the real  and original “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was discovered by Jimmy Buffet. Jimmy flew his own plane in the last time I was there.

My son, Matt, built this tiny replica of the original Blue Bar for me in Florida.
The drinks are just as big. My favorite is called The Tiki.


1 1/2 oz. spiced rum.
2  oz. cranberry juice
2  oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. orange Curaçao
1 splash sour mix
A cherry, orange or lime slice  or pineapple spear for desired garnish


Mix all I ingredients except Curaçao with ice and shake well.
Pour into a tall glass and float Curaçao on top.
Garnish and serve cold.


Paper umbrellas are fun if you have them.

I like Sailor Jerry rum because it is strong, 92 proof, and has a hint of cherry. This recipe was inspired by Sailor Jerry.

If you skip the splash of sour mix it still tastes great.

If no Curaçao, or orange liquor, top with spiced or dark rum, such as Meyers.

I am served these tiki drinks at baby blue bar, with spiced nuts, before Thanksgiving Turkey.


Brenda C. Hill

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