Krakatoa

How to Make the
Krakatoa dark rum cocktail

Which rum is best for a Krakatoa?

Just as the mixing of two magmas combined to bring forth the loudest pyroclastic explosion ever documented, you’ll need two rums to work with this dark and gold rum cocktail. Demerara based Dos Maderas 5+3 as well as 5+5 are ideal for the base of this version. The co-basing of a cocktail with dark and gold rum is no stranger to the rum drinks cannon. Unlike most other spirits, co-basing rums can be quite helpful to achieve the best of both sides working together in tropical harmony. In fact, this co-basing strategy has even recently made its way into other mixable ingredients such as lower ABV cocktails combining multiple sherries and other fortified wines.
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About Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum

Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum blends the lighter Baja Rum with the richer Guyana style and ages for 5 years in the Caribbean followed by 3 years in Jerez, Spain in Palo Cortado casks. The smooth character of the 5+3 is awash with pleasant vanilla, hazelnut, coconut and subtle maple.

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About Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum

Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum blends the lighter Baja Rum with the richer Guyana style and ages for 5 years in the Caribbean followed by 3 years in Jerez, Spain in Palo Cortado casks. The smooth character of the 5+3 is awash with pleasant vanilla, hazelnut, coconut and subtle maple. 

Ingredients to make a Krakatoa drink using a shaker

1 oz. Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum
1 oz. Dos Maderas 5+5 Rum
.75 oz. Rothman & Winter Apricot Liqueur
.5 oz. Falernum
.25 oz. Coffee Liqueur
.75 oz. fresh lime juice
.5 oz. fresh orange juice
.5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
Dash of Angostura Bitters
1 oz. cold brewed coffee

Krakatoa Recipe - Step by step how to prepare a shaken Krakatoa drink in a shaker

1.

Chill a large Snifter or Double-Rocks glass

2.

Cut all citrus in half and juice

3.

Add all ingredients except cold brew coffee to your shaker

4.

Fill shaker with cracked ice

5.

Shake vigorously for 10 seconds

6.

Double-strain, using a fine mesh strainer to remove excess pulp and ice shards, into your chilled glass
7.
Fill the glass with crushed ice.

8.

Float your chilled coffee on top by pouring over the back of a spoon.

9.

Optional garnish: an inverted lime shell filled with overproof rum and set on fire. Grate fresh nutmeg to add sparks and smoky spice aroma.

10.

Optional garnish no. 2: a slice of orange with 3 coffee beans laid on top.

11.

Serve with a reusable straw.

Ingredients to make a Krakatoa drink using a blender

1 oz. Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum
1 oz. Dos Maderas 5+5 Rum
.75 oz. Rothman & Winter Apricot Liqueur
.5 oz. Falernum
.25 oz. Coffee Liqueur
.75 oz. fresh lime juice
.5 oz. fresh orange juice
.5 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
Dash of Angostura Bitters
1 cup of crushed ice
1 oz. cold brewed coffee

Krakatoa Recipe - Step by step how to prepare a shaken Krakatoa drink in a shaker

1.

Chill a large Snifter or Double-Rocks glass

2.

Cut all citrus in half and juice

3.

Add all ingredients except cold brew coffee to your blender including the 1 cup of crushed ice.
4.

Blend for about 10 seconds.

5.

Pour into your chilled glass.

6.

Float your chilled coffee on top by pouring over the back of a spoon.
7.
Optional garnish: an inverted lime shell filled with overproof rum and set on fire. Grate fresh nutmeg to add sparks and spice.

8.

Optional garnish no. 2: a slice of orange with 3 coffee beans laid on top.

9.

Serve with a reusable straw.

Origins of the Krakatoa dark rum cocktail

On the 27th of August, 1883, one of the most violent volcanic eruptions of all time rang across the earth from the highly pressurized caldera on Krakatoa. Located in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung, Krakatoa erupted with such force that shockwaves reverberated around the planet SEVEN times. While the volcanic island had been uninhabited at the time, the following cataclysmic tsunamis managed to wipe out over 36,000 people in neighboring Indonesian villages. The first sign of life on the remains of the island post-catastrophe wasn’t documented until the following May: a spider found in a crevice on the south side of Rakata. Almost immediately, and continuing on through today, the term Krakatoa became the stuff of dark earthly legends, pulp fiction and adventure cinema. It’s no surprise then, that there are other cocktails that have usurped the name to latch on to its macabrly powerful lore. The volcano today is still quite active with the latest eruption occurring as recent as April 2020. Perhaps there are as many secretive house variations as there are documented eruptions? The first mention I came across of the Krakatoa dark rum cocktail came by way of modern rum and Tiki historian, Jeff Berry, a.k.a, Beachbum Berry. In his and Annene Kaye’s “Grog Log,” (1998), the Krakatoa recipe is listed as a coffee and rum cocktail adapted as a variation of the Hawaii Kai Swizzle (circa 1960) from the Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale. A cocktail with coffee is, naturally, no strange occurrence, but the Krakatoa is a large beast combining multiple spirits, three citrus, three sweeteners, and more. You won’t quite need a bit of everything under the sun, but close: Dos Maderas 5+3, 5+5, Apricot Liqueur, Falernum, coffee liqueur, coffee, Angostura bitters, lime, orange and grapefruit. You’ll also need a blender, crushed ice and a very large snifter.

Krakatoa cocktail Variations and types

A sometimes off-menu order for large parties, the rum cocktail gurus of Smuggler’s Cove have a recipe which although the exact details are a bit secretive, seem to include Demerara syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and black tea.

This Tiki market site lists a variation on the original with the inclusion of passion fruit syrup in lieu of apricot and also adds a house ingredient called Paradise blend which is a syrup mix of grapefruit and cinnamon

While not listed, I’ll just go on record here suggesting subbing out the lighter rum for the Indonesian spirit, Batavia-Arrack, a sugarcane and red rice based rum that adds earthy flavor and mixes extremely well with citrus. Some of the best rum punch masters on the planet adore this spirit and it seems a natural fit for the Krakatoa.

FAQ

None. A proper Krakatoa does not contain this ingredient, nor should it include watermelon schnapps or sour apple pucker or cranberry juice.
Traditionally, a large snifter but other glasses including tall ceramic mugs or bowls and even hurricane glasses will all suffice.

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