Shingle Stain

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Cocktail History

The Shingle Stain is a vintage tiki cocktail that was originally created by Victor Bergeron at his bar Trader Vic’s in San Francisco, California. The recipe first appeared in Victor’s 1946 book Trader Vic’s Book of Food & Drink and, at the time, was made with two types of rum, pomegranate, pimento dram, and citrus. Over the years, the list of ingredients evolved to include more fruit juices, but this version by David Kinsey of Kindred in San Diego, California harkens back to Trader Vic’s classic.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Jamaican Rum: This is one of the base spirits. We used Wray & Nephew Gold Jamaican because it’s high quality yet still affordable, full flavored while still being lighter than other rums, and lends exotic spice flavors to the finish of the drink.

Rhum Agricole: This is the other base spirit. It’s a type of rum that was originally distilled in the French Caribbean islands from freshly squeezed sugarcane juice instead of molasses. We used Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole VSOP for its distinct taste with notes of brown sugar and cocoa.

Grenadine: This is a sweetener made with pomegranate juice, sugar, and orange blossom water. We made ours using Alex’s homemade recipe.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram: This is a liqueur made with allspice berries and smoky Jamaican pot-stilled rum. If you can’t find St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram, you can also increase the amount of Angostura aromatic bitters for a slightly different but similar flavor.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together.

Mint Sprig: This is the garnish. It adds fragrant mint aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Shingle Stain features aromas of cool mint and bitter pomegranate and has a sip that starts with the sweetness of grenadine balanced with lime tartness and a funky rum note, and it all goes down accompanied by the various spice notes from the pimento dram and bitters and leaves grenadine’s bright flavor and the overripe fruit note of rum on the tongue.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Despite essentially being a souped-up daiquiri with a different sweetener and more spices, this is a delightfully complex combination. We were both huge fans of it for its simple yet effective recipe and exotic flavors!

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This drink was surprisingly good even though it’s fairy simple for a tiki drink. The substitution of grenadine and the addition of allspice dram and bitters made the recipe slightly more complex while still allowing it to go down easily. I really enjoyed the taste of the drink, but I do wish that it went a bit further. I could’ve finished this in four sips if I hadn’t been careful.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This is another fascinating tiki drink made with a pretty interesting mix of ingredients. I didn’t know what to expect when I saw allspice dram, pomegranate, and rum mixed together, but they make a delightful and slightly tart pairing that nods to beachy themes but not as much as other tiki concoctions do. And as far as those tiki drinks go, it’s also very easy to make since it doesn’t have a long list of necessities. I will be requesting this one again!”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Easy Tiki: A Modern Revival with 60 Recipes by Chloe Frechette.

AuthorEasy TikiPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum
 ¾ oz Rhum Agricole
 ½ oz Homemade Grenadine
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 ¼ oz St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Mint Sprig

Method
1

Add rum, rhum agricole, grenadine, lime juice, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a tiki glass over fresh crushed ice.

4

Garnish with mint sprig.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum
 ¾ oz Rhum Agricole
 ½ oz Homemade Grenadine
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 ¼ oz St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Mint Sprig

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, rhum agricole, grenadine, lime juice, bitters, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a tiki glass over fresh crushed ice.

4

Garnish with mint sprig.

Shingle Stain

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More Tiki Cocktails

If you like this tiki cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Wishful Thinking: A sloe gin and rhum agricole cocktail made with ginger syrup, lime juice, absinthe, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a mint sprig

Ginger Inferno: A rum cocktail made with ginger liqueur, velvet falernum liqueur, lime juice, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, a lime slice, and candied ginger

Tia Mia: A mezcal and rum cocktail made with lime juice, orange curaçao, orgeat syrup, a lime wheel, a mint sprig, and an orchid blossom

Matador (Variation): A tequila cocktail made with Green Chartreuse, pineapple juice, lime juice, agave syrup, a pineapple slice, and a lime wheel

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