Summer On Corfu
Corfu is probably my favorite of the Greek islands. I know many people dream of honeymoons on Santorini, or the beach clubs of Mykonos, but for me Corfu is the best island. Maybe it is because it was the first place in Greece I went to, or just because I love the little villages dotting the coast, I always want to go back. I made this delicious Summer on Corfu cocktail in homage to the island. It uses the Corfiot signature kumquat liqueur, for a great color and flavor.
I’ve used Kumquat liqueur in both my Blood and Snow cocktail, as well as a Kumquat Bourbon Sour (not technically a real sour since no egg white), but I do understand that not everyone loves kumquats. This liqueur is flavorful and sweet, but could be considered cloying to some people.
I would technically consider this a tiki cocktail. Greek-Tiki? Is that a thing? Mostly because of it’s use of rum and fruit juices. As I explained in my article The Louverture, and Inventing A New Tiki Cocktail a proper tiki should have a spirit, fruit juice, syrup, bitters, and liqueur. This drink, almost unintentionally, has (nearly) all that. Not to mention the drink is strong.
How To Make The Summer On Corfu Cocktail
50 ml Light Rum. I used Angostura, but you can use any light rum you like.
50 ml Gold Rum. Here I just chose Havana Club Anejo Especial. I wanted a rum with a bit of age, but nothing too dark as I didn’t want to ruin the beautiful color of the drink.
25 ml Kumquat Liqueur. I picked mine up on my last trip to Corfu, but you could of course make your own.
50 ml Grapefruit Juice
25 ml Pineapple Juice
4 dashes Angostura Bitters.
1 Egg White
In a shaker add all of the ingredients and dry shake to emulsify the egg white. Open the shaker, add some ice cubes, and shake hard for at least 30 seconds to create that beautiful, delicious foam. Double strain into a large cocktail glass (I used a margarita glass) and enjoy!
Note: I had originally planned on adding a few bar spoons of orange juice, but decided at the last minute to forgo the ingredient as it already tasted great.
I named this drink Summer on Corfu because the Corfiot summer is the best time to go. True, that’s when all the tourists are out, but it’s also when the weather is best for swimming in the Ionian sea. I could absolutely picture having this cocktail while watching the sunset in Agios Gordios, or in a Venetian cafe in Corfu town after a busy day of sightseeing. If you ever make it to Corfu, I definitely recommend bringing back a bottle of their signature Kumquat Liqueur.
Summer On Corfu
- Cocktail Shaker
- 50 ml Light Rum I used Angostura
- 50 ml Gold Rum I used Havana Club Anejo Especial
- 25 ml Kumquat Liqueur
- 50 ml Grapefruit Juice
- 25 ml Pineapple Juice
- 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 1 Egg White
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake hard to emulsify the egg white.
- Open the shaker, add ice, and shake hard for at least 30 seconds to really make it foamy.
- Double strain into a large cocktail glass and enjoy!
Summer On Corfu Cocktail
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