Staycation

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Cocktail History

The Staycation is a modern tiki recipe that was created as a variation of the 1970s Tradewinds cocktail by Devin Kennedy at Pouring Ribbons in New York. According to Kennedy, it’s “a drink you have when you play ocean sounds on your living room TV” unlike most tiki cocktails that you usually want to sip while poolside or on a beach somewhere.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Dark Rum: This is one of the base spirits. We used Wray & Nephew Gold Jamaican Rum 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.

Rye: This is the other base spirit. We used Heaven Hill Distillery’s Rittenhouse Rye because it has a rich and clean taste with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, and citrus.

Coconut Cream: This is a thick cream made from coconut milk. We used Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut for its rich flavor and silky texture.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other bitter and sweet ingredients. We used fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Apricot Liqueur: This is a liqueur that adds apricot flavor. We used Rothman & Winter Apricot Liqueur for its fruity flavor and brandy notes.

Passion Fruit Syrup: This is a sweetener that also adds passion fruit flavor. We used Liber & Co. Tropical Passion Fruit Syrup for its tangy and lush taste.

Lemon Slice: This is one of the garnishes. It add fresh lemon aroma and flavor.

Mint: This is the other garnish. It adds mint aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Staycation starts with fresh aromas of mint paired with a slight nuttiness, a citrus-forward taste with muted coconut on the swallow, and a bit of spice and lingering coconut flavor after.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: With the exception of maybe reducing the citrus by a quarter ounce, this drink is so well-balanced as it is that none of the flavors truly popped out until we stopped to contemplate them. For that reason, we agree with Kennedy’s intent; this cocktail is definitely designed for a slow and steady night in your favorite chair.

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“I was a little taken aback when I took the first sip of the Staycation mostly because I was expecting at least one flavor to pop, but this didn’t really have one of those. I also found the full ounce of lemon to be a bit overpowering, and I would take it down to 3/4 oz on the next one. The drink wasn’t bad, and the more I sipped it the more I actually liked the tiny coconut cream flavor on the swallow, but the flavors (lemon aside) were just a little too well-balanced to make this recipe very memorable.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐
“As noted above, we tried the book’s version of this cocktail that calls for an entire ounce of lemon. At that ratio, citrus was all I could really taste with a hint of coconut coming through as I swallowed. Judging from my visible puckering as I first sipped this one, I’m with Alex on dialing back the sourness from the lemon if we make it again. I don’t know that we will though; after one tasting, I’d say this one’s near the bottom of tiki recipes I’ve liked.”

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 Rum
 1 oz Rye
 1 oz Coconut Cream
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Apricot Liqueur
 ¼ oz Passion Fruit Syrup
 1 Lemon Slice
 1 Mint Sprig

Method
1

Add rum, rye, coconut cream, lemon juice, apricot liqueur, passion fruit syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball or tiki glass.

4

Top with crushed ice.

5

Garnish with lemon slice and mint sprig.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Dark Rum
 1 oz Rye
 1 oz Coconut Cream
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Apricot Liqueur
 ¼ oz Passion Fruit Syrup
 1 Lemon Slice
 1 Mint Sprig

Directions

Method
1

Add rum, rye, coconut cream, lemon juice, apricot liqueur, passion fruit syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a highball or tiki glass.

4

Top with crushed ice.

5

Garnish with lemon slice and mint sprig.

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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:

Jamaican Mule: A rum cocktail made with ginger syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice, Angostura aromatic bitters, candied ginger, a lime slice, and an orchid blossom

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

Paradise Lost: A vodka and sherry cocktail made with coconut water, lime juice, orgeat syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters, and mint

Zombie: A rum cocktail made with velvet falernum liqueur, Donn’s mix, lime juice, absinthe, grenadine, Angostura aromatic bitters, and mint

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