Cocktails O’clock: Agricole Guava Cooler

Watch out for the long grass!

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A French-Caribbean Fusion…

This cocktail takes me back to my Pokémon-Gameboy days. I am not too proud to admit as an 18/19 year old I still enjoyed that addictive game. Hell, if I still had a cop of the games I’d be playing them now!

This cocktail is made using Rhum Agricole; an exotic (even by rums standard) rum from the French Caribbean… It has a rather grassy flavour that is usually un-aged (white/blanco) but can come in Anejo (aged) form.

Recipe:

2 measures Rhum Agricole

2 measures Guava Nectar*

¾ measures Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

½ measure Agave Nectar

½ measure NavanT

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Top up club soda,

Fresh grated cinnamon, mint sprig, cinnamon stick & lime wheel for garnish

Method:

1)      Fill a shaker with ice and add the Rhum, Guava, lime, agave nectar, Navan and bitters.

2)      Shake well and strain into an ice filled tumbler glass.

3)      Drop in a pinch of ground cinnamon and top up with the club soda.

4)      Squeeze in the cinnamon stick and place the lime wheel on the glass’ rim to garnish.

This cocktail requires what seems like a lot of effort, but the payoff is something special indeed. If you prefer your drink a little less gritty, then dust the ground cinnamon on the rim of the glass, using lime juice as the adhesive (it should look like the salt on a margarita glass).

*Should you not be able to obtain Guava Nectar, then juice will suffice, and that is available at all good supermarkets for a relatively low cost (Sainsbury’s sell 1L for £1).

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A wonderful liqueur with a Cognac base…

TNavan is a Cognac infused with Black Madagascan Vanilla. It can be hard to come by, so try using a vanilla liqueur instead, it’s not the same but it’s still pretty delicious. Licor 43 is my liqueur of choice for this…

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