Miehana

by Matt Robold on March 3, 2010

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It’s been all Jeff “Beachbum” Berry all the time here for the past few days as we celebrate the impending arrival of his newest book, and we’re still rolling with even more fun from J-Triple-B.

The Miehana is one of Jeff’s original Tiki recipes.  A fantastic drink with pretty much the easiest ingredient ratio ever (here’s a hint: use the same amount for all of them), the Miehana combines three fruit juices with three different liquors (two, of course, are rums) to create a drink that is a great tribute to the city down the street from my doorstep.

Miehana

1 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Gold Virgin Islands Rum
1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Pineapple Juice

Shake all with ice and then pour – do not strain – into a Tiki mug or tall glass.

Naturally the most appropriate chalice for this luscious libation is the eponymous mug for which it was designed (or would that make the drink the eponymous one?), but if you don’t have one then really any Tiki mug will probably do.  I, unfortunately, do not possess one but am accepting donations.

The Miehana was created by Jeff to be served in the mug designed by Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily (Kevin also has a blog) for the 1996 exhibit of Polynesian style in the Anaheim Museum.  The so-called “God of the Orange Grove” was named as a tribute to the host city using a technique I like to call “spelling things backwards.”

As I was prepping for JB3 Week here at RumDood.com I spent some time doing intense research of the tippling kind by making a few of Jeff’s originals and asking other cocktail-inclined folk which Bum recipe was their favorite.  The popularity contest was easily won by the Miehana with its light fruit flavors anchored nicely with a good rum.

It’s also a drink that can stand up to a little tinkering, so if you want to swap out the Virgin Islands gold rum for something like El Dorado 15 or Smith & Cross, you can do so and get some wonderful results.  Making it also gives you one of the few allowable excuses for owning commercial coconut rum (I kid, I kid…or do I?), though it’s much more fun to make your own.

Question of the Day:

What’s your favorite Jeff Berry original concoction?

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