Happy Friday, y'all. Ever since some unfortunate drunken mixology that occurred at a party at my house in 1998 (back before mixology was actually a word), I don't usually stray too far outside the boundaries of an established recipe. There have been a few times since then when I got adventurous, and let's just say that my tendency to make more food than is necessary transfers to making drinks too. Let loose, I tend to unwittingly make some pretty strong yet sneaky libations. Those few times don't really need to be elaborated on in writing or in public, but suffice it to say, it was enough to remind me why I usually leave the creative bartending to other people. But adapting a recipe is something I can do. And I assure you this one was tested. There was no next-morning regret... only regret that I couldn't have more because it was a work night, and I was being responsible.
But now... now, it's Friday. Have at it.
Adapted from a recipe in Gourmet Today: More than 1000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen
Inspired by this recipe by Jean Georges Vongerichten, featured in Food & Wine
- 6 loquats, halved (blanched loquats will release more juice, but that step is optional)
- juice of 1 lime
- 3 springs fresh mint
- 1 T sugar
- 1 oz Cruzan or other white rum
- about 1/2 C club soda
- Place the loquats, lime juice, mint, and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, crush the loquats and mint until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the rum and fill the shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Add club soda to top off glass and stir. Garnish with mint leaves.
Pair it With:
- Chorizo Verde Cheesball
- Black Bean Taco Salad with Green Chile-Honey Mustard Dressing
- Sorta Gumbo z'Herbes
Related Posts from the Austin Food Blogger Alliance:
- AFBA 2013 City Guide to Cocktails from MetropoChris
- Mango Margarita from Hilah Cooking
- Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka from What Are You Drinking?
- Cucumber-Mint Gimlet from Gourmet Veggie Mama
- Slender White Russians from The Slender Student
- Fresh Fruit Margaritas from live.act.learn.love