The Speckled Palate
April 5, 2013

The Cocktail Chronicles: Mustique

The Cocktail Chronicles: Mustique // The Speckled Palate

Two things before we dive right in:

1. Apparently, our wine glasses were really water spotted when we took these photos, and I literally cringed when editing these images because of that. And then promptly attempted to Photoshop the worst of the water spots out. And from now on, I’ll just be handwashing everything.

2. When I am writing out the author of this drink book, Stuart Walton, I really want to write David Walton instead. EVERY TIME. Sorry, Stuart. I’ve really got no idea other than David is an actor who was on the short-lived but fun Bent (with LANDRY! From Friday Night Lights!) Maybe equally noteworthy, he is married to an actress whose TV show I loved as a teenager. *shrugs*

… Don’t judge me, y’all.

So, there’s that.


We’re taking a tour through the Caribbean during these past few weeks of The Cocktail Chronicles. … And all these drinks make me want to hang out by a pool and/or the ocean, read a lovely book and work on my tan. (After, of course, slathering my skin in sunscreen because that’s how I roll. Sadly, if there is no sunscreen involved when I’m outdoors, I look more like a lobster than a gloriously tanned beach babe. Add in my fear of skin cancer, and THAT is reason enough to apply and then reapply sunscreen regularly anytime I’m outside. Even if it is a bit of a hassle in the moment, it’ll pay off in the long run.)

This week, we’re visiting the Caribbean isle of Mustique… a mythical place I’d never heard of until we stumbled upon this drink. After doing some research, I learned it is a tiny private island in the West Indies.

If I’m being honest — and let’s be real, I’m always honest here since this is, ahem, my blog — Mustique sounds like a place where I’d like to take my next vacation. Any combination of sand, sun, ocean and fabulous, fresh seafood sounds like my idea of heaven on Earth.

Please say y’all agree. (Or someone agrees.)

But before we all get out our swimsuits and decide how exactly we’re going to get to Mustique, here’s how you make it:

The Cocktail Chronicles: Mustique // The Speckled Palate
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The Cocktail Chronicles: Mustique

This drink was invented on the Caribbean island of Mustique.
Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Stuart Walton, The Ultimate Book of Cocktails


  • 1 measure (1.5 tablespoons) light rum*
  • 1 measure (1.5 tablespoons) orange juice
  • 1/2 measure (2 teaspoons) lemon juice
  • 1/4 measure (1 teaspoon) grenadine
  • Champagne


  1. Shake all but the last ingredient with ice.
  2. Strain into a large wine glass.
  3. Top with fizz, and garnish with a half-slice of lemon.


The Cocktail Chronicles: Mustique // The Speckled PalateThe Cocktail Chronicles: Mustique // The Speckled Palate


We really, thoroughly enjoyed this drink. After having tried several super alcoholic drinks recently that didn’t have anything to neutralize the booze, this was a welcome surprise in our journey through this cocktail book. We both found this perfectly light and refreshing. I think this might be a summertime picnic drink for me… or any kind of outdoor activity once the weather gets nice again.


Five cheers! We highly recommend this. Not only was this drink delicious, but it was good enough for us to want to sip it again!


  1. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

    Yum! This one sounds good. I’ve never heard of it, but I’d very much like to get to know any drink that’s topped with champagne 🙂

    I hear ya on the sunscreen. SPF 85++++ or I’m BURNT. In July/August, I can’t even spend 10 minutes outside without getting burnt. no joke. Glad I live pretty far north.

    • Erin

      I’d never heard of this one, either, and it is absolutely delicious! And like you, I’m basically down to try any drink topped with champagne because it’s usually a good call.

      Goodness! I’m glad you use your SPF 85+ to stay safe and un-sunburned. (Because those really ARE the worst.) And you’re lucky you live that far north. Sadly, I’ll be getting random tans/burns this summer here in Texas, even with my sunscreen.

  2. Eileen

    Oh, this sounds like a perfect way to pretend your backyard is actually a tropical getaway! I can definitely get behind a rum cocktail that isn’t all rum, besides. 🙂

    • Erin

      You’ve got a fantastic idea there, Eileen, and I might actually do that this weekend to get a bit of sun in. And amen to a rum cocktail that isn’t all rum!

  3. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Beautiful drink. Sounds like a good cocktail to serve for brunch too! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe Erin.

    • Erin

      Thanks, Anne! I think this would be a fantastic brunch cocktail that’s a little different from the traditional Mimosa or Bloody Mary. 🙂 Good idea! I might have to bring the ingredients for this for a brunch I’m attending tomorrow.

  4. Simply Tia

    I was born and raised in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Mustique has always been a favorite visiting spot of mine. Sooooo beautiful. Definitely paradise. I have to try this drink soon!

    • Erin

      Tia, OH MY GOODNESS. I absolutely LOVE that you’ve been to Mustique, and that you were born and raised in St. Vincent and the Grenadines! How cool! And what a fun connection! If you try the drink, let me know what you think. I have *no* idea if it has the island flavor, but even if it doesn’t, it’s pretty darn delicious and refreshing! Thanks for stopping by!

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