Not in my craziest imagination did I think I would find something that tastes like the Bermuda Hundred. This gin-based cocktail is part tiki drink and part Italian aperitif. I never thought Campari could be a part of a tiki drink, but here we are.
What makes this such an unusual drink is the bitterness of Campari played against the smooth nuttiness of orgeat syrup, a common ingredient in tiki cocktails. Part tropical fantasy, part bitter dose of reality perhaps?
Bermuda Hundred Gin Cocktail
- 1.5 Oz. Dry Gin
- 1.5 Oz. Pineapple juice
- .5 Oz. Campari
- .5 Oz. Lime juice
- .5 Oz. Orgeat syrup
- 1 Luxardo cherry or lime twist garnish
- Combine all of your ingredients into a shaker with ice.
- Shake it up!
- Pour into rocks glass with fresh ice.
- Garnish with a lime, prepared in a twist, wedge, whatever, or a Luxardo cherry.
Other things to know about the Bermuda Hundred cocktail and the city.
This is a truly unique drink. The Campari, when .5 oz is used, let’s the pineapple and other flavors come through. It’s very clearly layered in that respect.
The half-ounce of Campari will still leave you with that bitter aftertaste, but not too intensely. If you want more color and more bitter, add more. If you just want the color and the mere hint of bitter, use about .25 oz.
You will also get a different taste if you use fresh or processed pineapple juice, which have different sweetnesses. I absolutely suggest planning on making a few rounds of this with slightly different proportions until you land on the one you like.
Just for grins, I also made this with lemon juice. I was out of fresh squeezed lime juice, and was too lazy to make more. Not as good. Which leads me to the conclusion that pineapple and lime is a GO, pineapple and lemon is a NO.
You can also make some of your own ingredients!
Orgeat is a lovely almond based syrup, ideal for cocktails. You can find more about it here.
Luxardo cherries are one option for this drink, and you can also make those! More about these drunken cherries here.
Now – Bermuda Hundred is actually a city, too. In Virginia, with roots back to colonial times. It was once a shipping port, now it’s a small town. Strangely and awesomely enough, Bermuda Hundred (the town) has a long and interesting history. Read about it here.