For those that don’t know, voodoo is a belief/religion that combines elements of Catholicism with African tradition. It is most often associated with sorcery and magic, and is most popular in both Africa as well as the southern United States, without deeply penetrating culture anywhere else. It is polytheistic, and often described a s a “cult”, with people often criticizing it as a “cult”.
One could argue that the reason why voodoo has traditionally been denounced is because it is a belief held by slaves for centuries, and that systemic racism has prevented the religion from ever being fully accepted by the “mainstream”. There are many museums devoted to voodoo, and the city of New Orleans has even become a tourist destination for those interested in the voodoo culture. Since the voodoo tradition arguably originated in the Caribbean, the voodoo cocktail incorporates rum like many other island drinks.
- 1 ounce of banana rum
- 1 ounce of coconut rum
- 1 ounce of melon rum
- ½ ounce of dark rum
- 3 ounces of pineapple juice
- 3 ounces of cranberry juice
- Build ingredients in shaker over ice.
- Shake vigorously.
- Pour over ice into highball glass.
- Cocktail shaker
- Highball glass
The voodoo has many variations, as there are drinks that describe it both in the Caribbean and the United States. Any fruit can be used as an optional garnish, and rums can be substituted out, although rum is the obvious base for the drink. The mixers are almost always pineapple and cranberry juice, however. In New Orleans, bourbon is often added, as bourbon is very popular in that particular city, evidenced by the fact that one of the most popular streets in New Orleans is the world-famous Bourbon Street. Similarly, there is a dessert version of the Voodoo that incorporates milk and coffee liqueur, and only uses coconut rum. Regardless of which version you choose, fall under the spell of the voodoo cocktail today!