Island Handshake

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Melissa Guadalupe of Chicago’s Arbella looked to her lively childhood for inspiration when making this vibrantly blue-hued cocktail. “Growing up in a Puerto Rican household, we always had plantains, which are more mild and vegetal than a banana,” Guadalupe says. “Most people, when they order a cocktail, the first thing they say is ‘not sweet.’ Platano purée influences the flavor and texture of the drink without over-sweetening it.” This cocktail, which tempers the sweetness of blue curaçao with platano purée, dark rum, spiced syrup and muddled pineapple, hits all of the right notes—no sweet tooth required.

Island Handshake

FLAVOR PROFILE
Sweet
STRENGTH

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

Contributed by Melissa Guadalupe