Wisdom of Pelé


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Wisdom of Pelé

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Ingredients (13)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange blossom honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot water
  • 3/4 cup crushed ice
  • 1 ounce 151-proof Lemon Hart Demerara rum
  • 1 ounce dark Jamaican rum, such as Coruba
  • 1 ounce light Virgin Islands rum, such as Cruzan
  • 1/2 ounce aged Martinique rum, such as St. James Extra Old
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce falernum
  • 1/4 ounce Cinnamon Syrup
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters, such as angostura or Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged
  • 1/4 ounce Navan vanilla liqueur


Portland, Oregon-based tiki bartender Blair Reynolds considers this drink one of his classic creations. It plays with many of the original tiki cocktail flavors: cinnamon, honey, grapefruit, lime, and, of course, copious amounts of rum. Sip carefully; this is a serious drink.

What to buy: You can use any high-quality commercial cinnamon syrup, or infuse your own.

Falernum is a clove- and lime-infused liqueur and can be purchased at most liquor stores; a popular brand is John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum. If you can’t find falernum, try making your own. We think "this recipe ": is a great stand-in.

The Wisdom of Pelé recipe was featured as part of our Tiki Cocktails photo gallery.


Pour honey and hot water into a small bowl and stir until smooth. Transfer to a blender and add all remaining ingredients except vanilla liqueur. Quickly pulse until frothy but not slushy, about 4 pulses. Pour into a collins glass and top with vanilla liqueur.
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