recipe c Lakas-Nectar

Photo by Stuart Mullenberg

Laka’s Nectar

“This whimsical cocktail pays tribute to Laka, the Hawaiian goddess of song and dance—patroness of hula dancers,” says Susan Eggett of Forbidden Island, a tiki lounge in San Francisco’s East Bay. Eggett marries smoky mezcal with a sweet, earthy homespun cordial of agricole rum and agave syrup. “At Forbidden Island, we garnish this drink with an edible hibiscus flower,” she says. “A garnish fit for a Hawaiian deity.”


1 1/2 oz. joven mezcal
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. agricole rum-agave cordial
1 oz. ginger beer
Ice cubes
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: lime wheel and a hibiscus flower


Combine all ingredients except the ginger beer and shake well with ice. Strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice cubes. Top with ginger beer and garnish.


For the cordial: Heat 2 cups agave syrup and ½ cup water to a simmer, stirring to combine. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature, then stir in 2 ounces of agricole rum. Will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.


Susan Eggett, Forbidden Island, Alameda, California