ground control to major donn

ground control to major donn


1 oz Aged Antigua Rum (R.L. Seale 10 Year Barbados)
3/4 oz Aged Jamaican Rum (Smith & Cross)
1/2 oz 151 Proof Demerara Rum (Lemon Hart)
1/2 oz Don’s Spices #2 (1/4 oz Hamilton’s Allspice Dram + 1/4 oz Vanilla Syrup)
1/2 oz Orgeat
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
5 dash Absinthe (2/3 bsp Butterfly)

Whip shake, pour into a Tiki mug, and top with crushed ice. Garnish with Angostura Bitters, pineapple fronds, flower, and clove-studded orange wheel (Angostura Bitters + mint sprigs).

Two Saturdays ago, I was intrigued by another one of Brian Maxwell’s drinks of the day on his Shaker of Spirits blog; his 61st daily post during quarantine was the Ground Control to Major Donn which paid tribute to both Tiki legend Don the Beachcomber as well as musician David Bowie. Brian reminded me that Donn Beach was indeed a major in the Air Force during World War II, and this inspired Donn to name drinks like the Test Pilot and Q.B. Cooler. Without the Don’s Spices #2 and the pineapple juice, the combination reminded me of the Manuia, so it definitely spoke to me on many angles.



The Ground Control to Major Donn began with a clove, allspice, and mint aroma. Next, lime and passion fruit notes on the sip launched into rum, pineapple, vanilla-earthy, allspice, and anise flavors on the swallow.

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