The first is Holiday Isle Special made in collaboration with Corporate Ladder. We took inspiration from Islamorada’s iconic Holiday Isle Tiki Bar Rum Runner cocktail. Credited with creating the drink in the 1950’s.
Their original cocktail recipe includes pineapple juice, orange juice, blackberry liqueur, banana liqueur a splash of grenadine and lots of rum.
We made our mead with some amazing orange blossom honey, pineapples and bananas from Costa Rica, tangerines from Uruguay, blackberries and cherries from the US.
We’re kept it wildish with this one. Fermented with a Saccharomyces hybrid known for tropical esters then aged on rum staves.
Tropical fruit on the nose. A blend of tropical fruitiness on the palate. I’d describe the mix as a bit muddled with no individual fruit really dominating the profile. Some caramel notes on the finish from the rum staves. Finished on the semi-sweet end of things to allow the fruit to shine.