Sandy's Solutions to the Tropical Drink Dilemma.
A page torn from Sandy Estabrook's Guide to the Abacos, Bahamas

The exotic taste of the South Pacific or Tropics Anywhere.
Motu Iti's name comes from Tahiti but it can be drunk the Bahamas, Caribbean or the Hamptons.
It's especially suitable at home on cold winter nights as snow lurries fall, or when you wish you were in warmer climes.

"Sandy's Solution"
- Tropical Party Drink -

On the ocsasion of a tropical party I wanted "my own" tropical drink - my house specialty to serve guests when the situation arises. And it would always taste the same on repeat visits. It had to be suitable with grouper, peas and rice and, conch salad as well as barbecued ribs or steak and corn on the cob. So, I did some experimenting and came up with what you see below. Only five ingredients are needed.

I played around and came up with 5 ingredients , the combination of which I will call, "Sandy's Solution" to the tropical drink dilemma. You can call it what you like. If a party isn't on your roster, it's perfect for when you are dreaming of your favorite tropical beach or bar bar.

4 oz. Mt. Gay "Eclipse" Rum*
6 oz Don Ricardo or Cruzan Coconut Rum
2 oz Apricot brandy
12 oz Mauna Lai (Motts) or other Guava juice
16 oz Pineapple Juice

Shake and serve over ice. Makes 4 - 10 oz. drinks. Garnish with fruit of your choice or even an orchid if you like. And if you really want to impress cut the top off a pineapple, remove the fruit and core being careful not to poke a hole in the bottom. Discard the core and puree the fruit in a blender and use it in place of, or with some of the pineapple juice. Quantities are easily divided by two if you want to make half the indicated amount.

      "The Motu Iti Cocktail"
- The Ultimate Martini -

One winter, I was sitting around and in the mood for a cocktail. I wanted something reminiscent of the tropics but not in a tall with all sorts of juice. I came up with what I call it the Motu Iti, Polynesian meaning "Little Island", and reminiscent of an island hopping sojourn I once made in the South Pacific. It consists of the same ingredients as "Sandy's Solution" without juice - call it the winter version.

Using a small (single drink) shaker I filled it with ice of course, filling it to about a half inch from the top with Mount Gay Rum. I then filled it the rest of the way with equal amounts of Coconut Rum and Jacquin’s Apricot Brandy. That translates into 3 oz + 1/2 oz + 1/2 oz. X2 for large shaker and shake.

Next time offer your guests a Motu Iti. And if you find yourself in a nice restaurant ask for one which I've done. You probably have to provide the bartender with the ingredients.

In both drinks I suggest using a medium dark rum Mount Gay or Appletown. (Full dark like Meyers might be a bit overpowering. Baccardi or Ron Rico clear type rum lack flavor.)

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