Inside The Oyster -- The Passion Pearl
If you want more passion in your cocktail life (who doesn't?), this clear liquor based drink is for you. Adapted from a recipe I found on cocktails.com, the highlight of the drink is POG vodka from Island 808 in Hawaii. I'm a big believer in trying the local booze when I travel, and I have had the pleasure of drinking Island 808 vodka on trips to Hawaii.
1.5 ounces Island 808 POG vodka
1.5 ounces light rum
.5 ounces Cointreau
Juice from 1/4 of a lemon
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine in a shaker with ice, shake like you're cutting through the waves on the North Shore of Oahu, and strain into a chilled glass.
Two questions probably popped into your mind -- (1) why the number 808? (2) what the hell is POG? 808 is the area code for Hawaii. POG is an acronym for pineapple-orange-guava. POG juice is pretty common in Hawaii, and it's quite tasty.
Island 808's POG vodka is only 60 proof (most vodkas are 70-80 proof), which makes this a dangerously drinkable cocktail. If you can't get POG vodka, you probably can use a pineapple flavored vodka, or straight vodka and a small amount of fresh pineapple juice.
There seem to be a lot of places selling pearls in Hawaii, so it is fitting to use a Hawaiian vodka in this cocktail. Even if the title of this post is a double entendre.