Hell in the Pacific

This drink is a Jeff Berry original, but it’s not that original. As he tells it in Beachbum Berry Remixed, it’s merely a tweaking of the Myrtle Bank Punch. But it’s a solid, if subtle, tweaking, resulting in a cocktail that remedies most of that other drink’s flaws.

The Recipe:

1 1/2 ounces Lemon Hart 151 rum (DO NOT SUB BACARDI)

3/4 ounce lime juice

1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur

1/4 ounce grenadine

Shake with lots of crushed ice and pour unstrained into…hell, whatever kind of glass you want. Berry specifies a pilsner glass. Also, I did strain, into fresh ice. Otherwise, I find my ice disappears too quickly, probably the result of not using a big enough glass and therefore not enough crushed ice in the first place. Whatever.

Hell in the Pacific

Also I wanted to use my new vintage fish glasses.

If you compare this recipe to the Myrtle Bank Punch, you can see that Berry cut out the sugar and bumped up the quantities of all the other ingredients save the rum. Also, the maraschino is mixed in instead of floated, which is the biggest improvement. Half an ounce is a heady dose of maraschino, but it works here. You might think, with 151 rum and maraschino, that this drink would be almost overwhelmingly strong, but it’s surprisingly not, especially if you give it a few minutes as the ice dilutes it. The maraschino and lime are the dominant flavors, with the rum providing more kick than taste, although it brings plenty of taste too. Definitely an improvement on the earlier version. Four livers.

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