Honolulu 2

The Honolulu 2 is a bit of an “old-school” style cocktail, seemingly trying to cover up poor quality spirits.  Upon first seeing the recipe I thought…no, as I discovered is not a unique thought to just me.  Then I figured I might as well still give it a shot, but maybe in a small size (notice the half full glass).

As expected this is not quite what I would serve to someone else, it has the makings of a decent drink but the proportions are all wrong.  There is a reason that a barspoon is the typical measure you use of both benedictine and of maraschino liquor.  The resulting concoction is very sweet and almost a syrup texture.  I have seen this listed as an after-dinner drink and I can agree with that, you could omit a desert by drinking one of these guys.  However even if I was going to do that I would still tweak the proportions, with a lot less of the benedictine and maraschino (or a whole lot more gin) and possibly some fresh lemon, this could be a good drink.  Right ingredients, wrong amounts is all I can say about the original recipe.

Honolulu 2

1 oz Gin
1 oz Maraschino Liquor
1 oz Benedictine

Shake on ice and serve (purists will say to stir, but it won’t change a thing if you shake), a good garnish would be a lemon twist.  As I may have implied above I would recommend making this one with about half the amounts listed above and then playing with adding more gin or other components to balance it out to your own preference.

Thoughts?