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The Goldenbird

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A tiki classic, a junglebird is one of Lexy's favorite cocktails of all time. Traditionally made using blackstrap rum, Campari, and fresh pineapple, it's a bittersweet treat that makes our heart sing. But around here, we like to take things from 0 to 100---which is why we created the Goldenbird! By swapping the Campari for bitter-orange Aperol and fat washing the rum with coconut oil and Golden Milk, this boozy bevvy is bursting with tropical flavours that feel like paradise.

the goldenbird

cocktail ingredients

1.5oz coconut & golden milk infused rum*
.75oz aperol
1.5oz pineapple juice
.75oz fresh lime juice
.25oz demerara syrup*

coconut & golden milk rum
8oz white rum (I used Plantation 3 Star)
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tsp Spicewalla Golden Milk

demerara syrup
1 cup demerara sugar
1/2 cup water

to make the coconut & golden milk rum:
1. Heat coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until melted.
2. Place rum, melted coconut oil, and Golden Milk in a jar or container with a lid, and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds to incorporate the oil and spices (this technique is called fat washing!)
3. Place container in the freezer for at least 5 hours. The coconut oil will rise to the top of the container and solidify.
4. Remove from freezer and discard the hardened coconut oil layer. Pour rum through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

to make the demerara syrup:
1. Dissolve sugar into boiling water either by heating on the stovetop or using a hot water kettle, stirring until sugar crystals are completely dissolved.
2. Allow to cool completely, then bottle and store in the fridge!

to assemble the cocktail:
1. Add the infused rum, Aperol, pineapple juice, lime to a cocktail shaker.
2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake hard!
3. Strain into a glass of your choice over fresh (preferably crushed) ice.

Optional: Garnish with a pineapple wedge or two pineapple leaves if using fresh pineapple!
Note: Be sure to use either freshly juiced pineapple, or choose a juice that is high quality and not from concentrate. Dole works great!

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