Spotlight Drink: Thunderbird
“Packing some serious thunder and thought to be extinct, it takes a brave person to challenge this elusive bird of prey. Well worth the risk!”
• 2 oz Lemon Hart® Blackpool Spiced Rum
• 1 oz Lemon Juice
• 1 oz Chinola® Passion Fruit Liqueur*
• 1/4 oz Maple Syrup (Grade A – Dark/Robust)**
• 2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
Method: Flash-blend with 1 cup of crushed ice for 3-5 seconds. Add additional ice if needed. Garnish with multiple fresh mint sprigs and cinnamon stick. Pour unstrained into a tall glass.
* Chinola® can also be substituted for Finest Call® Passion Fruit Puree
** Our syrup grades adhere to the new international maple grading system where there are now only 4 grades of the Grade A classification. In this particular recipe, the Grade A – Dark color, robust taste syrup works best due to the added intensity of flavors.
Rich, heavy-bodied and aromatic, the Thunderbird is sure to please those in need of a fresh pick-me up. Sharp entry notes of tart passion fruit are followed by a mellow smoothness which quickly turns into a spicy, lingering end. The Thunderbird is nicely balanced, with the extra alcohol in the Chinola® really helping to give body and texture to the drink with the bitters blending in seamlessly with Blackpool Spiced Rum, the latter of which has no added sugar, and one of the most intense spice combinations we’ve ever encountered.
A refreshing, but potent, summertime hoist that proves to be a great showcase for passion fruit and spiced rum which dance together in perfect harmony in this cocktail.
Chinola® Passion Fruit Liqueur (21% ABV)