Mayan Mixology Meltdown: The Conquistador Conga

From Rated R Cocktails on Dec 20, 2012

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Well it’s time again to find something to drink because tomorrow we all may get squashed mezoamerican style. Which doesn’t involve invisible pony riding, stop it!

ConquistadorConga You know if there’s one consolation in all this it’s that atleast the mayans ate it long before we all will. They can predict our annihilation by a race of space jaguar people but they can’t predict drunken Spaniards with guns. So today we honor the people who got those doomsday loving bastards first, the pointy hatted predators who purpotrated a conga line of conquest all across South America.

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Conquistador Conga

1 ½ oz Blackwell Jamaican Rum

½ oz St James Hors’d Age

½ oz Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur

½ oz Benedictine

2 dashes Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters

1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters

Stir vigorously with ice and then strain over large service ice before garnishing with a candied grapefruit peel.


You can control your sweetness levels by addind more St James and less Blackwell. I also think that Appleton Extra would be amazing in this, possibly with just two ounces of it in place of both rums. This is a great drink where the big molasses, banana, clove taste of the Blackwell is tempered by the oak of the St. James. The benedictine helps to dry it out and provide spice as the Hoodoo provides a very light sweetness and a husky nuttiness. The Bitters add deeply to the nose and keep things that much more complex.


So how’d we make the peel? Two cups of water in a small saucepan were brought to a boil. Then we added the slice peel of one large white grapefruit. We boiled it for five minutes, then removed them. We added two cups of sugar and the peels back in and then stirred often boiling them until they were translucent. This took abit probably 10 to 15 minutes. We left the pith because I think it adds a nice bitterness, you can take it off just fine. I love these just to snack on and dip in the drink. But as cocktail garnishes they should probably be harder. So we’ll experiment with letting them spend some time in a low temperature oven.

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Well tomorrow’s the end of days and so if we survive we’ll actually make some food to share! Don’t forget to check out Mike over at Drinksburgh for the his great drinks and the other half of our collaboration.

“Smoke um if you got um, And You Get Hammered America!” – JFL


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