Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s drink for me!
Aside from telling a mandatory pirate joke and stretching out your “ar”s in words when you speak ala Robert
Newton in Treasure Island, no National Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 15) is complete without a rum drink (heavy on the rum).
In order for that to happen we called on a local celeb bartender down Sarasota way. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Daria Mohr (or for today’s purposes, Darrrria Mohr), of The Bijou Café. The Bijou Caféis a beautiful, upscale café tucked away on 1st Street in downtown Sarasota, FL, that serves inspired lunches and dinners and quite often drinks inspired by their staff.
At least that’s the story behind this one sweet coconut rum drink with a big splash of dark rum and even bigger splash of pineapple juice.
As legend has it, the owners of the Bijou Café challenged their staff to create a new summer cocktail that customers would love and eventually end up on the permanent menu. One afternoon staff gathered in the bar. Bottles were pulled from shelves. Jiggers were filled. Alcohols were combined. Mixers were mixed. Shakers were shook. Taste buds were shocked. Teased. And tantalized. And it the end, our dear Daria nailed it.
Her drink was delicious. And sweet. And coconut rum was a must-have ingredient as it is her favorite sibling in the rum family. A potent potable was born and soon-to-be deserving of all the praise it was to receive in the years following. This drink was clearly the Bijou Café’s next big thing. But it was missing something.
There’s a story for that as well. And I’m paraphrasing here …
The drink is sweet much like Daria herself. And if you had few of these sneak-up-on-you coconut and pineapple concoctions, you’re more than likely going to find yourself wanting to take an afternoon nap or, say, siesta (some say this is Daria’s favorite pastime). It’s from that combination of parts that the whole of the perfect name was born.
Next time you find yourself at the Bijou Café and want to taste a little local flair, order up a Daria Siesta.
The Daria Siesta has been featured in local newspapers. But it has also garnered international fame. That happened when a group of finicky ladies, from across the pond met their match. These ladies, it’s been said, liked their mojitos sweet. Exceptionally sweet. So sweet in fact, that Daria’s sweetest mojito was still eliciting bullocks from the ladies. Daria suggested her Siesta. Let’s just say Sweet Tooths were satiated that day. The ladies switched from a mojitos to a certain Sarasota Siesta for the rest of their holiday.
If you can’t wait until the next time you make it the Bijou Café, Daria was kind enough to share her recipe with us today.
1oz Coconut Rum
1oz Dark Rum (Daria prefers Gosling's)
Pineapple Juice to taste