25 Dec Beach Holiday
by Emilie Loiselle, Bar Manager Bar Swift, Shoreditch, London
Serving Glass: wine glass, on a big ice cube.
Garnishes: grated nutmeg or cinnamon.
0.75 oz / 20 ml Jamaican rum (Smith and Cross rum)
1.00 oz / 30 ml aged Cuban rum (Havana 7 rum)
0.75 oz / 20 ml pineapple juice
0.25 oz / 7.5 ml maraschino liqueur
0.75 oz / 20 ml lime juice
0.50 oz / 15 ml Fresh Raspberry Syrup*
3 dashes of Bittered Sling Arabica Coffee bitters
How to prepare:
Mix all the ingredients in a shaker tin. Fill with ice and hard shake for 15 seconds. Double strain your cocktail in a wine glass over a big ice cube and garnish with grated nutmeg or cinnamon, depending on your preference.
*Fresh Raspberry Syrup
1 pint of raspberries (250g), juice and fine strain. Measure your yield. In some markets you can find ready-made unsweetened raspberry juice – use that if you like. Add an equal measure/weight of white sugar to the juice and stir until dissolved. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days. 1 pint of raspberries will yield about 125ml of syrup.
Flavour Profile: tropical / fruity / baking spices
Inspiration: Inspired after the classic Mary Pickford, I wanted to create a more complex and refined serve. The raspberry brings a bright tartness while the blend of dark rum imparts notes of sugar cane and funky spices. Pineapple and coffee are one of my favourite tropical combinations, so Arabica Coffee bitters are the obvious choice to add depth and link the brighter fruity notes with the deeper rum spices.
This punch style drink is easy to make and an excellent festive way to welcome your guests. This cocktail will be an elegant tropical twist to any party! The raspberry brings a bright tartness while the blend of dark rums imparts notes of sugar cane and funky spices. It is tied together with fermented coffee notes and baking spices from the bitters.
Batching / group party tips: Easy to scale. You can easily mix the ingredients in advance (up to 24hrs prior) and shake just before serving. (Measure a portion of about 4.00 oz per person when serving).
The bitters work well because…. The drying effect of the Arabica Coffee brings balance to the tropical mix and the profile of baking spices and floral notes elevates each aspect of the cocktail while linking all the flavours together.
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