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Del Coronado

1/2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 oz. passion fruit syrup
2 1/2 oz. orange juice
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. papaya nectar
1 oz. gin
1 oz. dark Jamaican rum

Shake well with ice cubes and pour into tall glass.

-from the "Grog Log" by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry

     The Del Coronado is fruity. Six of the eight ingredients are fruit-based, and it really shows in the overall taste. The orange jumps out front, forming the main flavor, with the passion fruit close behind. The pineapple, lemon, and lime are less noticeable, meshing together into an somewhat indistinct fruit blend, with the papaya doing a bit of drive-by tartness. Lastly, the rum reveals itself on the finish, giving a quick wave to remind you that there was actually some grown-up stuff amidst the juiceÖkind of like finding a tarantula lurking around in your fruit basket.
     But donít forget the gin. In this drink the gin plays a supporting but crucial role. You donít notice itís flavor so much as itís feel. This is a drink that is thick with flavors, and rather than compete with them, the gin snakes itís way around the edges, sharpening things up and keeping it the other ingredients from bogging each other down.
     Maybe itíd be easier (or at least more fun) to say it this way: If the Del Coronado was a piece of clothing, itíd be a Hawaiian shirt with a great floral print (the juices), real coconut-shell buttons (the rum) and silver thread (the gin) stitching it all together.
     Sound weird? Have a couple Del Coronados and maybe itíll make sense.




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