The Motu Iti Cocktail -the Ultimate Martini.

The taste of the South Pacific or Tropics anywhere, in a non filling, non fruit punch type of drink. It's name comes from Tahiti but it can be drunk in the Bahamas, the Carribbean or at home on cold winter nights, when you wish you were there.

One winter, I was sitting in my favorite chair, and in the mood for a cocktail. I wanted something reminiscent of the tropics and more specifically Polynesia. All I knew was, I didn't want a punch like drink in a tall glass with all sorts of fruit juices. I had a fancy for a tropic-like martini cocktail. So after having fun with some experimentation, I came up with my new libation. I call it the Motu Iti, Polynesian meaning "Little Island".*

Using a small (single drink) shaker I filled it with ice of course, Then I filled it to about a half inch from the top with Mount Gay Rum. I then filled it the rest of the way with equal amounts of Coconut Rum and Jacquin’s Apricot Brandy. That translates into 3 oz + 1/2 oz + 1/2 oz. It was then of course, shaken not stirred.

Yup, tasted pretty darn good and now a staple in our household for special occasions. You might want to give it a try. The Coconut and Apricot punch through enough to give it a lovely tropical bouquet and taste. Offer your guests a Motu Iti. And if you find yourself in a nice restaurant ask for one which I've done. You'll probably have to provide the bartender with the recipe.

Note: I don't suggest using Baccardi / Ron Rico clear type rum. Instead stick to a medium dark rum like Mount Gay or Appletown etc. On the other hand, dark rum like Myers, I find too heavy.

- Sandy Estabrook /