"See, I don't know nothing about singing. I never wanted to be a frontman. Frontmen had big egos and was always crazy and aggravating. I just never thought that was a good idea." -Mac "Dr.John" Rebennack
Welcome back thirsty readers! It was a sad day here in New Orleans on June 6. We lost a legend, the great Dr. John. Nobody could deny the importance of the man and his work. Young and old, everyone danced to the music which so strongly represented the identity of the city. The second lines were beautiful, but since I don't play a horn, I thought my best way to tribute the man would be with a drink as colorful as the man himself. I decided to base this cocktail on a crowd-pleaser of a drink i did a few years earlier while at The Franklin Mortgage in Philadelphia. We had a separate tiki bar upstairs, and the presentations were over the top to say the least. We had a cocktail called Deep Blue Sea, inspired by the movie. I thought I was about time to bring this back and re-work it in honor of the good Doctor. Only this time, we probably wouldn't garnish it with a plastic shark.
While I was at Jeepney in New York, I experimented with a number of out of the ordinary ingredients for tropical drinks. I made syrups from prickly pear and cantaloupe, and orgeats form cashews, split peas, even red beans. I mentioned the red beans to a coworker here and New Orleans, and she had the great idea to add rice horchata to the mix and make it a Red Beans and Rice Orgeat! I worked out the recipe below, so you can enjoy it for yourself!
Red Beans & Rice Orgeat
1lb Dried Red Kidney Beans
1 cup Dried white rice
12 cups water
9 cups white sugar
1.5tsp Orange Blossom Water
1.5tsp Vanilla Extract
Combine Red Beans wit 4 cups hot water in an 8quart Cambro.
Allow 2 hours for beans to soak and expand.
Strain and discard water.
Puree with 4 cups hot water in blender until fully pureed
Strain out bean milk with super bag.
Combine 1 cup white rice and 2 cups hot water in blender
Blend until fully cloudy and strain out rice horchata
Combine 4 cups Bean milk with 2 cups rice horchata
Combine with 9 cups white sugar, orange blossom water, and vanilla.
Blend until fully incorporated.
Now that you have your syrup ready, it's time to make Mac's Final Boogie!
Mac's Final Boogie
.5oz Blue Curacao
.25oz Allspice Dram
.75oz Red Beans & Rice Orgeat
.25oz Passion Fruit Syrup
Combine ingredients in a shaker tin, and add 1.5 cups crushed ice.
Blend with spindle mixer and pour into a collins glass.
Garnish with mint, orange slice, and orchid.
There you have it, a summer cocktail worthy of any second line parade. While you enjoy this cocktail, don't forget about the great music Dr. John played while you sip. I'll see you all soon at Tales of the Cocktail. Until next time, keep shaking!