Classic cocktails celebrate the meticulous technique and artfulness of marrying relatively few ingredients in perfect harmony to create a simple, yet sophisticated beverage, whereas the tiki craze shows the funky, complex and rich flavors of the rums, fruits and tropical flare of the Caribbean. The Monkey's Paw brings these two concepts together in it's relatively simple make up.
Courtesy of Christopher Day, General Lee's Cocktail House - Los Angeles.
The banana liquor itself is made with a little cognac, so the split-base of rum along with Park is able to pull out all those delicious, bright esters residing in both the banana and honey. At first site it looks like a straightforward sour, but take a sip and you'll feel like it should come with an umbrella.
Honey Syrup is 2 parts honey and 1 part water.
Add all ingredients to a tin and hard shake until thoroughly chilled.
Double strain either on a large rock or coupe.
Garnish with a lemon twist.